Thursday, March 29, 2007

Pitching roster good as set

From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star:
  • Rotation:
    • Gil Meche
    • Odalis Perez
    • Zach Greinke
    • Jorge De La Rosa
    • Brandon Duckworth (first start: April 8 vs. Tigers)
  • Bullpen:
    • Octavio Dotel
    • David Riske
    • Todd Wellemeyer
    • Joakim Soria
    • Jimmy Gobble
    • Joel Peralta
    • Ryan Braun
This coming a day after he reported the Royals were trying to trade Reggie Sanders and his $5 million contract to the Orioles, supposedly for a relief pitcher. In the same story (really, it's three in one, if you add the Emil Brown-wants-to-start subplot), there's a quote from manager Buddy Bell about Alex Gordon, who's going to bat fifth:

“I just think he’s our best fifth hitter. I really don’t think it’s going to affect him where he hits. He could hit fourth. The more I’m around him, the more I like him. He’s just a tough kid. Early on, I thought we might want to protect him a little more. Not now."

Geezus, it just gets better. When does he get his crown, now or after he defeats six warring states and builds a world wonder?

POSTSCRIPT: Time restrictions prevent me from going into more detail about our pitchers, but why would I anyway when the the folks at Royals Authority can do it better? Also, if you're wondering how our AA and AAA pitching rotations are shaping up, Royals Review will fill you in.

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