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Starting Five: Royals' Pains

Posted Apr 12 2009 11:01pm
Starting Five is our wrapup of the previous day's baseball action, with a quick nod to what is ahead.

You Oughta Know ...

That the Royals are fortunate to be 2-3, since they have outscored by Toronto's Marco Scutaro and Florida's Emilio Bonafacio. Those two players have touched home plate nine times; Kansas City has scored eight runs total, batting .198 as a team. Billy Butler is 1-for-17 with seven strikeouts, David DeJesus is 4-for-21 with six strikeouts, Coco Crisp has a .211 average, Alex Gordon is batting .133, and Miguel Olivo and Mike Jacobs are at .214. Crisp leads the club with three RBI.

Oh, and sore hips forced Jose Guillen to the DL and Gordon out of yesterday's game.

Only two other teams in the past 30 years scored that few runs in their first five games, and they both lost 100 games (the 2003 Tigers and 1988 Orioles). Those two clubs went 0-5; only strong starts by Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies last week in Chicago have kept the Royals from going winless.

"We need to have more quality at-bats earlier," manager Trey Hillman said. "The more pitches you see, the better pitches you get to hit. We're antsy at the plate, swinging outside the strike zone."


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