A look back at the week that was for the Kansas City Royals.
Grudzie Goes Gimp
The Esteban German experiment at Short took a break this week when Mark Grudzielanek went down with torn cartilage in his left knee. German will take over the starting job at second base until the gold glover is ready to return, which according to reports is anytime between next Thursday and 2009.
Leaving defense aside, German projects as a much better choice at second than Grudzielanek. Last season, he was worth three more runs a game, according the classic formula developed by Bill James.
Of course, German was worth 5.5 more runs than Angel Berroa, who is thus far having a decent spring.
Joe Nelson has injured his labrum again. Similar injuries kept Nelson from becoming a major league regular in the past. As noted here, Nelson faded badly in the second half for Kansas City last year after pitching brilliantly at the start of the season. The competition for bullpen roles is a lot tighter this year, though, so Joe may find himself hanging out in Omaha for a long time if he makes it back from this latest surgery.
Spring statistics are about as useful to us as J. Howard Marshallâ€™s money is to Anna Nicole Smith, but like Smith, they are fun to look at sometimes.
Player AVG OBP SLG Buck 600 750 1400 LaRue 400 400 1300
Jason LaRue has shown some nice power in his first healthy Spring Training since knee surgery last year. John Buck has been taking a few walks.
Both players look like locks to make the opening day roster and we may see Buddy Bell use his catchers in tandem like NFL teams are starting to use running backs.
Player AVG OBP SLG Butler 667 714 1083 Gordon 353 450 588
Billy Butler is treating baseballs like Ron Artest treats his women. Unfortunately, heâ€™s doing so at the plate and in the field.
Alex Gordon looks more like the real deal every day.
Player AVG OBP SLG Berroa 333 375 533 Blanco 467 467 667
Neither shortstop has taken a walk this spring, though Berroa has been plunked already.
Craig Biggio has made a pretty good career for himself getting on base via the olâ€™ HBP. Of course, he also hits for power, fields at an adequate level and has that cool tar stain on his helmet.
Garth Sears rounds up a whoâ€™s who of Royals baseball writers for a discussion at Baseball Think Factory.
Bob Dutton discusses options, and reminds us all that crappy players will always make the team so that they donâ€™t go stink it up for some other franchise.
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- Royals Week in Review – 5/11/07
- Who’s on Third? The 2007 Kansas City Royals Lineup
- The Royals Unoffensive Off Season
- Royals Week in Review – 5/18/07
- Royals Week in Review – 3/30/07
- Royals Spring Training Preview – Catchers
- Royals Week in Review – 7/14/07
- Royals Week in Review
- Royals Spring Training Preview – 2B/SS
- Eight is Enough- Edmonton beats Chicago 8-4
- Lydia Ko wins New South Wales Open
- The Comeback I- Pittsburgh Penguins beat NY Islanders 5-0
- Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death at age 24
- Hee Young Park wins CME Titleholders Championship
- Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke dead at 50
- Costly mistake- Blackhawks waive Rostislav Olesz
- Manager Tony La Russa announces retirement
- Puck Drop- Florida Panthers start the 2011-12 NHL season
- 13-time PGA Tour winner Dave Hill dead at 74
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