When the Royals signed Gil Meche to a five year $55 million deal in the off-season, many pundits declared it an act of lunacy on the part of new GM Dayton Moore. But so far, it’s looking pretty good. Meche’s ERA is in Chien-Ming Wang territory at 3.70. In another words, he’s pitching like a front-line starter, and at $11 million, that’s quite a bargain. There are four more years left on this contract and so it’s premature to pass judgment on the the deal yet, but Moore is looking good for the moment.
And yet, the Yanks have had a way recently of ruining pitcher’s season numbers in short order. For instance, Zach Greinke, who had been doing very well in middle-relief for the last two months, failed to get any of the Yanks out he faced during an inning that reminded me of a one-sided little league game. Earlier in the game, Kyle Davies quickly learned about the difference between the NL East and the AL East. The offense is a juggernaut right now. The Yanks have now scored seven runs or more in eight straight games. It is probably no coincidence that the city has been in the middle of an excruciating heat wave for the good part of that streak. The Yanks seem to be the definition of a warm-weather hitting team. Robinson Cano and Hideki Matsui have been especially ridiculous as the temperature has risen. Therefore, I suggest while the new stadium is still in its early construction stage, a slight modification in the architectural plans. The Yanks need to build a retractable roof so that on cold days (i.e. less than 90 degrees), the roof can be closed, and the radiators turned up. In those conditions, Yanks fans won’t have to worry about slow starts to seasons.
It’s only supposed to go up to 84 degrees today, so the Yanks the are not hitting in ideal conditions. Mike Mussina, who has been inconsistent all season, is on the mound. The Royals have the better starter going. All signs point to a Yanks loss. But there’s always hope that the impossible will occur. The Yanks just might be able to sweep the Royals! Comment here on all the action.