So now what? Now we take the off-day to get out of baseball a bit, check out Tony's Kansas City (more exciting than your Kansas City, probably), the famous dramatic chipmunk in the "best five-second video on the Internet" and this squirrel catapult. Most of the time you can't go wrong with the Onion, either, especially if it's about Pac-Man Jones.
Not to get completely away from baseball: Scott Elarton is DLed, so let the debate begin over who to make an emergency start. Your candidates:
Tyler Lumsden, AAA (5.40 ERA)
Billy Bucker, AAA (4.15 ERA)
Luke Hochevar, AA (4.63 ERA)
Carlos Rosa, AA (5.76 ERA)
Danny Christensen (5.57 ERA)
Speaking of pitchers, there's always room to discuss Lord of 'em All, The Meche. Royals Authority has charted Meche's performance against that of other free agent pitchers from last year's class. The short answer: he compares very well. The slightly longer one:
So far, signing Gil Meche has been the absolute best move made by Dayton Moore and the Royals. Ted Lilly has given the Cubs roughly ‘Meche-like’ numbers, but he is three years older. Jeff Suppan has logged the innings, but will never be more than a number three starter. It is also likely that Barry Zito’s numbers will improve and that monster seven year deal will work out for the Giants, but the Royals never even got a call back from Zito. As for the rest, Meche has clearly outperformed them all.
Meche may not be as skillful on the guitar, and I don't think he's ever written a feature for ESPN The Magazine like Zito, but when it comes to baseball, he's proven so far the superior.