Another Greinke Start, Another Royals Letdown

Josh DugganCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  American League All-Star Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Honestly, this article could write itself after almost any Greinke non-win this season. 

The awful team on the field behind him finds a way to squander another Greinke gem. 

Two hits and no runs allowed through six are proven to be immaterial, as the hapless Royals strand runners, ground into double plays, fall astray on the basepaths, and subvert his best efforts on defense.

There was Miguel Olivo getting caught in a run down between third and home after getting greedy on the basepaths on a DeJesus single to second.  Of course, he also fell down after rounding first on the single that landed him on base in the first place.  And that single on which Olivo tried to score from second base may or may not have actual crossed a line drawn directly from first to second base.

Then in the bottom half of that same inning, "Gold Glover" David DeJesus misplays a ball off the wall in the left field corner.  As Shin-Soo Choo rounded second base, DeJesus further screws Greinke by attempting to pick the gently rolling ball up with his glove rather than his bare hand, flipping the ball about 10 feet further away, and allowing Choo to reach third with ease on a "triple". 

After inducing a weak pop fly just into foul territory at first base, Greinke was further undermined by the aforementioned left fielder.  Diving nearly directly forward, DeJesus found a sinking liner off the bat of Travis Hafner making its way past his glove and onto the grass.

Choo scored with ease, while Greinke had to resign himself to striking out the villainous Luis Valbuena.

Shockingly, Trey Hillman exercised restraint in not bringing Greinke back out in a tie game in the eighth.  Unfortunately, that special stat that could have helped Greinke in his quest to convince some of the more antiquated CY-voting mindsets was already out the window.

With each game that this writer watches, it becomes increasingly harder to find reasons to not outright loathe this team. 

Only some of those reasons are derived from how the rest of this team (Jack Soria notwithstanding) is directly responsible for there even being a conversation about who the Cy Young Award should go to in the American League.  I think the poll I put up a few articles ago answers that question.


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