I-70 Series: Zack Greinke Pitches Eight Shutout Innings, Beats Cardinals

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Jose Guillen's Hitting Streak Is Now 6th Best In Royals Franchise History

Jose Guillen had another hit on Friday night against the Cardinals.

And, yes, it was another single. But this time he drove in one on the Royals three-run third inning.

Here's how Guillen stacks up against the Royals franchise record for hitting streaks.

  • 30 George Brett (1980)
  • 27 José Offerman (1998)
  • 25 George Brett (1982-83)* and Mike Sweeney (1999)
  • 22 Brian McRae (1991)
  • 21 Rey Sanchez (2001)
  • 19 Amos Otis (1974), David DeJesus (2004-05)

How far do you think he gets? Am I jinxing it?

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Greinke Pitches Eight Shutout Innings, Royals Win 4-2

Friday night at Kauffman, series opener against the Cardinals....and Greinke was pretty awesome.

He went the first eight innings without giving up a run.

In the 9th, Greinke let two runners on in the 9th before Joakim Soria came in and eventually got the save.

Oh, and Jose Guillen extended his hitting streak to 19 games.

For more on the game, check out Royals Review.

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Royals 1st Round Pick Christian Colon In Attendance At Cardinals Game Friday Night

If you haven't heard by now, the Royals announced the signing of fourth overall pick Christian Colon on Friday.

Colon will be introduced to Kansas City quickly -- as in, he's at Kauffman Stadium right now, according to Royals media relations director David Holtzman.

New Royals SS prospect Christian Colon on field right now watching Billy and others take BP. Pretty cool sight.

The stadium should be pretty full tonight so fans will have an opportunity to give him an official welcome.

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Line-Up For Zack Greinke And The Royals Vs. Jeff Suppan And The Cardinals

We're back in the American League which means the return of the DH.

Today's matchup is Zack Greinke vs. Jeff Suppan.

Here's the line-up for today. Be sure to catch live commentary during the game at Royals Review.

  1. LF Scott Podsednik
  2. C Jason Kendall
  3. RF David DeJesus
  4. 1B Billy Butler
  5. DH Jose Guillen
  6. 3B Alberto Callaspo
  7. 2B Mike Aviles
  8. CF Mitch Maier
  9. SS Yuniesky Betancourt
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'What's Wrong With Zack Greinke?', St. Louis Asks

Well, what is "wrong" with Royals pitcher Zack Greinke?

Obviously there's been a drop in performance, but it isn't as if the dude has turned into Sidney Ponson. First of all, don't draw too much meaning from that 2-8 record. The Royals don't score many runs for Greinke; only 33 while he's been on the mound in his 15 starts. They've scored two runs or fewer in 9 of his 15 starts and have been shut out in 5 of the 15 starts. The run-scoring average of 3.09 for Greinke is the 4th-lowest in the AL. So of course he's going to be tagged with unfair "losses."

In short: The Royals don't score enough runs for him and his effectiveness is slightly down from last year.

I think Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Dispatch has a fair review of the Royals, particularly this part about Dayton Moore and the future of the Royals in 2010.

The Royals should be going all-in with young players and prospects but instead are playing and paying mediocre veterans and blocking the path of guys such as Alex Gordon, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft. Gordon is hitting .333 / .457 / .577 with 10 homers at Class AAA Omaha. Why is he there? What's the point? Moore deserves credit for retooling the KC player-development system, which is showing signs of promise. But he's making the mistake of drafting good players and not taking the next step, which is to build around them.

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Chatting With The Enemy: Royals And Cardinals Preview

The Royals and Cardinals open up a three-game set at Kauffman stadium this evening. For a little insight into our neighbors to the east, I stopped by SB Nation St. Louis to get some input from editor Dan Moore.

Why the Cardinals will win

Matt Holliday is finally hitting! The narrative over the first three months of Matt Holliday's big contract with the Cardinals has been that he can't hit with runners in scoring position, and while there was no reason to believe it was an actual problem it was incredibly frustrating while it happened. Now he's hitting the ball with runners in scoring position, with the bases empty, and in those quantum situations where it is impossible to tell whether a runner is on base, off base, or asphyxiated inside a small box. Wednesday he drove in a run in the ninth inning of a shutout against the Blue Jays, which is the kind of situational hitting that seemed totally inconceivable last month. Baseball is weird.

Why the Cardinals will lose

Zack Greinke isn't quite as perfect as he was last year, but he's lined up with Jeff Suppan, whom the Cardinals pulled from the Brewers' leftovers a few starts ago. The Cardinals -- and, for the most part, their fans -- have unlimited faith in Dave Duncan's ability to turn anybody with a throwing arm into Frankenstein's Monster for a few months, but so far an effective Suppan has still been unable to get out of the fifth inning. As long as Jaime Garcia remains this good and Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny remain on the DL, there's no greater gap between third and fourth starters than the one the Cardinals have in their rotation right now.

Final prediction

The back of the Cardinals' rotation is a vacuum, but a pitching vacuum is the kind of thing Kyle Davies and Bruce Chen rush to fill. I think St. Louis takes two of three, and given the collective bad luck of Cardinals' fandom's Suppan-hating contingent and Zack Greinke, the Brewers' erstwhile leftovers probably wins a 1-0 shutout against the best pitcher in the American League.

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