To occupy yourself: Sam Mellinger over at Ball Star is starting a series where he interviews opposing teams' beat writers/bloggers, and the first entry comes from a guy at The Seattle Times who wrote, "And now that the Angels are gone, things don't get any easier. The mighty Royals are coming to town. It might not last, but they're looking great so far, with the best starting pitching in the American League." Not one drip of sarcasm, either.
It's only a two-game set in Seattle, so we won't get to see Gil Meche face his former team, but Jose Guillen's available. It'll be interesting to see if he can use this series, of all series, to finally get on track.
And because we're in Seattle -- No. 2 in Forbes' curious list of America's most miserable sports cities -- we have to remind everyone to keep an eye out for this guy. We don't know anything about him except 1) he's awesome, and 2) he's awesome. (And loves Adrian Beltre.)
KC (7-5): Zack Greinke, 2-0, 0.60 ERAPOSTSCRIPT: Congratulations to Brian Bannister, who was named one of the AL's two players of the week. The other guy? Now this is just too coincidental, isn't it -- Raul Ibanez, former Royal, current Mariner.
Seattle (6-7): Jarrod Washburn, 1-1, 3.00 ERA
POSTSCRIPT 2: As if on cue, Bannister takes your questions.