Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Gil Meche Cy Young Watch continues

From the great land of the evergreens, the Gil Meche Cy Young Watch rolls on:
  • Fifth quality start in six appearances. [KC Star]
  • Three earned runs in his last 27 innings.
  • Money earned in the Meche Meter last night: $400,000 (out of $500,000).
  • Money earned for the season: $2.1 million (out of $11 million).
  • Season ERA: 2.18, second best in league behind Dan Haren.
  • 29 strikeouts, 8th best in league.
  • And, for all the criticism the Royals got for Meche's contract, at least they didn't pay $8.325 million for Jeff Weaver. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
Opponents are batting .283 off Meche, which is high but only means he's been gritty. (His performance yesterday, according to manager Buddy Bell in the above-linked PI article, was "probably his best grittiness all year." Can't disagree with the spirit of that.) In his homecoming, he was helped by a six-run first inning. Jered Weaver's big brother got through the Kansas City lineup exactly once, and here's what transpired:
  1. David DeJesus single to left-center.
  2. Mark Grudzielanek single to left.
  3. Mark Teahen single to left, 1-0.
  4. Mike Sweeney single to left.
  5. Ross Gload double to right, 3-0.
  6. Emil Brown ground-out to short, 4-0.
  7. Alex Gordon single to left.
  8. John Buck walk.
  9. Tony Pena Jr. (who made yet another great defensive play... more on this in a future post) single to right, 6-0.
Six runs and a sigh of relief. Brandon Duckworth came in from the bullpen and picked up his first career save, pitching three innings of stress-free ball.

Now let's go cut down some trees!

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