I will be providing up to the minute analysis of the Royals Vs Tigers Opening Day game. Refresh this post in your browser for the most up to date entry (F5 button).
Final Score: Tigers 8 – Royals 4
6:18 – Pods grounds out. Game over Royals lose. 0-1 on the season. Very disappointing afternoon. I said earlier the bullpen would decide the game and so it was. Thats the end of the live blogging folks. I hope you enjoyed it somewhat, even with the way the game turned out. 161 more games to go.
6:17 – Full count on the Pod.
6:16 – Anyone wish Kila was available to pinch hit for Pods?
6:15 – Dejesus advances runners with an infield out. First base open, I would love to see pods take a walk and get Billy up with the chance to tie with one swing.
6:12 – Concrete wall be damned. I have hope.
6:11 – Now Getz reaches and Kendall grits his way to second by taking out the 2nd baseman. Top of the order coming up.
6:10 – Kendall takes a walk, only the second of the day for the Royals.
6:07 – Betancourt hits a ball hard down the third base line, but he is thrown out. And Kendall comes to bat, of course he does.
6:05 – That Betancourt HR seems like it was a long time ago. With Kendall and Getz set to bat in the 9th will Hillman pinch hit?
6:04 – Pretty good outing by Farnsworth. He actually had a decent 2009 eyond the epic failures he had in the first week or so of the season. I wouldn’t be shocked if he was one of the best relievers for the Royals this season.
Midle of the 9th Inning: Tigers 8 – Royals 4
6:01 – The Farns is in. He gets Ordonez to ground out, he strikes out Cabrera and gets Guillen to ground out. Everybody gets some innings today. With an off day I guess that makes sense.
End of the 8th Inning: Tigers 8 – Royals 4
5:58 – Bloomquist strikes out. Callaspo chats with Mitch maier on the bench.
5:58 – Guillen grounds out. Kila books ticket to Omaha
5:56 – Ankiel grounds out going 0-4 on the day. Mitch Maier has a nice view of the action.
Middle of the 8th Inning: Tigers 8 – Royals 4
5:51 – The bullpen parade continues with Parrish getting into the game. The Royals had a solid lead going into the 7th inning and their best Reliever and arguably three of their best bats remain on the bench.
5:49 – I am still in shock over what I’ve been seeing. I know I shouldn’t. Before the game I think on 610 AM, they were talking about how Bloomquist said something like “Insanity is banging your head on a brick wall expecting a different result.” At the time I didn’t realize how that quote would define the day.
End of the 7th Inning: Tigers 8 – Royals 4
5:43 – So let me recap. Dave Owen waves Kendall home on a ball that was barely out of the infield when the Royals were down by 4 runs and Butler is on deck. Genius.
5:40 – Pods with a Texas Leaguer and Kendall makes an out at home with 1 out and down 4 runs. He had absolutely no business trying to score on that play. Am I the only person who realizes the Royals are down by 4 and not 1?
5:38 – For the love of Whitey, why is Dejesus squaring to bunt here? We need 4 runs not 1. Then an infield fly.
5:36 – Getz reaches base. The Royals can rally. We can’t let the Opening day optimism die.
5:34 – The Royals bullpen gave up 6 runs and the best relief pitcher in the AL is sitting on the bench.
5:33 – The first five innings just flew by, now everything has slowed to a crawl. Maybe Einstein was right about time being relative.
5:31 – Kendall still in the game. I guess it was too much to ask to get Pena in the game. I know managers hate having no catchers on the bench. Then Kendall makes me look stupid and reaches. It ain’t over folks.
Middle of the 7th Inning: Tigers 8 – Royals 4
5:29 – Royals finally out of that disaster of an inning.
5:28 – Hey, it’s still a good day here at Royals Authority. Has anyone noticed the top of the page today? You should still buy a Royals Authority Annual and check out the Broken Bat Single Podcast. /pitch
5:26 – I am not going to lie. Live blogging is much more fun when the Royals are winning. But I am going to grit it out and keep giving you my thoughts. Although I imagine the vast majority of the audience has hit the whiskey by now and isn’t sitting at an interweb machine.
5:24 – Inge strokes a double scoring another run. Royals down by 4 with two of their best bats on the bench. I am now watching to see how Hillman manages his bench. My intuition suggests “poor to quite poor”.
5:23 – First batter to face Cruz gets a hit. Still only 1 out. Did Inge always have this many tattoos on his arms?
5:22 – Fangraphs now has the Tigers with a 29.7% Win Expectancy.
5:20 – The Tigers score their fourth run of the inning on a Cabrera single. Juan Cruz is in the game. It’s a bullpen parade. It all really happens here.
5:16 – The Royals are going to need some offense. Aviles and Callaspo are on the bench. They need to get into this game and soon.
5:15 – And Damon drives in two runs. Tigers take the lead. Sigh. Still no outs. Greinke gets screwed out of his 1st win of the season.
5:14 – Royals still don’t have an out yet. I really, really miss Ramon Ramirez and Leo Nunez.
5:12 – Tejada replaces Colon. Immediately he gives up an Austin Jackson single which leads to a Tigers Run.
5:10 – Colon leaves the game after the first two men he faces reach base. I am starting to wish I had drank something more calming than all of that Mountain Dew this afternoon.
5:08 – If it were April 1st, I wouldn’t believe it but apparently the MLB blackout rules have changed. This could be very good news for Royals fans in Iowa and Arkansas.
5:06 – Colon walks Sizemore on 5 pitches. My nerves begin to start.
5:03 – Greinke done. Colon in. Greinke’s line: 6ip 6h 1er 1 bb 4so. Parrish and Tajeda now warming up. Tajeda might be the setup guy.
End of the 6th Inning: Tigers 2 – Royals 4
5:01 – I blinked and missed that half inning. Royals only saw 7 pitches.
5:00 – Joel Zumaya in for the Tigers.
4:58 – According to Fangraphs Royals Win Expectancy is 83.7%
Middle of the 6th Inning: Tigers 2 – Royals 4
4:55 – Parrish now warming up in the pen. Bloomquist with another solid play to end the inning. Is Greinke done? He has 96 pitches.
4:53 – Bloomquist continuing his redemption with a nice play at third to get the lead runner. There is lots of people upset with Bloomquist getting as much playing time as he does, but he really is a solid guy to have on the bench for occasions just like this. Remember he is plan D for third today: A: gordon B: Callaspo C: Fields D: Bloomquist.
4:50 – Roman Colon warming up in the pen. I guess my prediction of him being the setup man was wrong. I guess Cruz is the setup guy then? Is it too much to think that the Royals aren’t going with that kind of strict bullpen jobs and instead are getting ready to bring in their best non-Soria reliever for an important situation?
4:47 – Three straight Tigers hits with no outs leads to a Tigers Run.
End of the 5th Inning: Tigers 1 – Royals 4
4:43 – Ankiel strikes out to end the inning. It isn’t going to be the last time that happens.
4:41 – Royals score 2 on Butler single! Is it to early too predict Buter gets 3,000 hits in his career?
4:40 – Zumaya warming up in the pen. With Verlander hitting 100mph, I don’t see the Royals having to adjust much to his heat.
4:38 – Butler up with bases loaded and two outs after The Pod takes a walk. First walk of the day for the Royals I believe.
4:36 – Pods up to bat with 2 outs and two men on. This is why I like to have a very good hitter in the 2 hole, not just a guy who can move runners by making “productive outs”
4:33 – Everett snags a ball up the middle that not very many SS get to and saves a run. It’s plays like that which makes UZR a great stat. The only way to tell how many guys get to that ball is by watching every play in the majors, which is what the UZR folks do.
4:31 – I think that Getz is wearing the Xprotex base running glove. It looks odd, but had Gordon been wearing it he would be playing instead of Bloomquist today.
4:30 – Finally another man on base for the Royals. Getz with a nice single up the middle. I think we are going to like Getz at 2B as long as it doesn’t keep Callaspo on the bench.
4:27 – Kendall should have leaned into that pitch. He needs to get a quick start to get the record.
Middle of the 5th Inning: Tigers 1 – Royals 2
4:23 – Greinke with another strikeout. I am running out of adjectives to describe him. He is scrumtrulescent.
4:21 – Greinke strikes out Everett on a nasty slider. That pitch is unhittable.
4:18 – If you are wondering about the weird yellow gloves that Sizemore is wearing, I am pretty sure those are the Xprotex gloves. They will be the next big thing in the majors.
4:16 – Robert Ford and Sam Mellinger remarking on Twitter about the number of beach balls at the stadium. There are lots of things at the game that can annoy me, but I like beach balls.
End of the 4th Inning: Tigers 1 – Royals 2
4:15 – Royals go 1-2-3 to end the inning. The pitching battle has begun. This game will be won/lost by the bullpens.
4:12 – Any Pro Fishing fans out there? Ankiel is Mike Iaconelli’s doppelganger, right?
Middle of the 4th Inning: Tigers 1 – Royals 0
4:09 – It seems like every year there is a new baseball phrase which gets over played, this years: Slider Bat Speed. Geinke gets his second K. He is still nasty.
4:08 – A little redemption for Bloomquist. He starts a nice double play. Excellent play by Getz too.
4:05 – Royals showing off the latest giveaway Jersey. Those things are nice. They have to be the best giveaway in the MLB. Get there early to get one.
End of the 3rd Inning: Tigers 1 – Royals 2
4:03 – Butler grounds out. Another quick inning for Verlander. Is it just me or is this game flying?
4:00 – Dejesus strikes out. Podsednik is wearing high socks. If I were a team owner that would be the first team rule. Everybody wears high socks. No pajama pants on my team. In Surprise, I noticed that the vast majority of the minor leaguers wore high socks. Pods strikes out. Maybe the bunt wasn’t such a bad idea after all?
Middle of the 3rd Inning: Tigers 1 – Royals 2
3:55 – Very quick inning for Zack. Only 10 pitches. Is it possible that Greinke is underrated even amongst Royals fans? I mean we are clearly watching the best pitcher in the history of the ball club right?
3:52 – Good to hear Split back in the booth. I have really missed his excellent commentary. Just once, I would like to hear Denny on TV. Vin does it. Greinke gives up another fly ball to Damon, but its caught for out number 1.
End of the 2nd Inning: Tigers 1 – Royals 2
3:50 – Getz flies out, but the Royals are ahead!
3:48 – Well I’ll be damned. Betancourt with a HR to take the lead 2-1. Gotta give credit where credit is due. That was a great at bat by Betancourt.
3:46 – Commenter TJ says “Last year, on pitches 1-15, OPS against of .691. On pitches 61-75, OPS against of .461. Don’t worry yet.” I feel a little better now. Thanks. Yuni with an epic at bat right now, already seen 8 pitches. Not bad.
3:42 – Verlander hitting upper 90s with the fastball regularly. I don’t think anyone would be out of line if they picked him as the AL Cy Young winner.
3:41 – On cue, Guillen gets a single up the middle and makes me look smart, kind of.
3:40 – Guillen up to bat. Call me crazy, but I am cautiously optimistic about him this season.
Middle of the 2nd Inning: Tigers – 1 Royals – 0
3:37 – Greinke with a short inning, but still lots of wood on his pitches.
3:35 – Greinke so far only has only induced one swinging strike. Am I being unnecessarily nervous?
3:32 – Somebody please explain to me why the Royals bunted in that scenario. Why do you give a free out to the other team? If you could start an inning with one out and a man on 2nd or no outs and a man on 1st, do you really take the former?
End of the 1st Inning : Tigers 1 – Royals 0
3:29 – Butler grounds out and Ankiel grounds out to end the inning. I am shocked that the bunt didn’t work out.
3:27 – Podsednik bunting away in the 1st inning down by 1 run. Old timers rejoice, guys living in their mothers basements cringe. By the way, where is she with my meat loaf? I am hungry.
3:26 – Dejesus being Dejesus. Nice base hit up the middle. Having the leadoff man on base is a very good thing.
3:25 – Greinke threw 23 pitches in the 1st. I don’t think we see a CG coming today. Oh wait…Hillman is still the manager? Nevermind, my bad.
Middle of the 1st Inning: Tigers 1 – Royals 0
3:23 – Greinke strikes out Inge for the first K of the season. End of Inning
3:22 – Mark it down. First time Ryan Lefebvre gushes about Kendall for blocking a ball in the dirt. It won’t be the last, that I can promise.
3:19 – Oh dear lord. Bloomquist misses an infield fly ball. Five players were right by it. The wind does not seem that bad here at my house. That was pathetic. Tigers score making it 1-0. That was the third out of the inning.
3:17 – Greinke with what looked like a non-intentional intentional walk to Cabrera with 1st base open. I hope that is the case, since those balls missed the zone quite a bit.
3:15 – Ordonez smacks a double off of Zack. He hasn’t missed many bats yet today.
3:14 – Jackon flys out to Dejesus in LF, Damon get some boos and grounds out to Getz. Now the sun arrives. Looks like a beauty at the park. Why did I decide to live blog this again?
3:12 – And we are off. First pitch for a ball from Greinke.
Top of the 1st Inning
3:09 – Time for a quick plug. Check out my latest podcast which went up this morning if you are into that kind of thing.
3:07 – Not Royals related, but seriously: watch the play Buehrle made today.
3:06 – David Cook with the National Anthem. This guy actually won a singing competition?
3:05 – Sam Mellinger just tweeted that Farnsworth was booed. Seems a tad premature for that.
2:59 – Royals will be rocking the powder blue uniforms with the new powder blue hats. I like the look quite a bit. I still think going full on powder blue with pants and all would be great.
2:57 – The big board is now showing a very digi intro with various stats for things surrounding the franchise. Like amount of dirt on the field, length of fountains, number of World Series and such. That was really well done.
2:55 – I do like seeing the Royals embrace the teams history though. There really is a lot of history within this franchise that people should be aware of.
2:53 – Just checked Jamie Blumas stats. He pitched in 17 games in only 1 season for the Royals. He did have an ERA+ of 141 though.
2:52 – The Royals are bringing out former players to represent past eras and they start with Jamie Bluma?
2:50 -Oh my, what is this. There is a band using autotune playing and wearing Royals outfits. This might be the worst song I’ve ever heard in my life.
2:49 – Video board montage. Smooth guitar music, interspersing old time vs modern footage. Reminds me of a wedding slide show.
2:47 – Pitchers are of course Greinke vs Verlander. Best pitching matchup of the day.
2:45 – Royals Lineup
D. Dejesus – RF
S. Podsednik – LF
B. Butler – 1B
R. Ankiel – CF
J. Guillen – DH
W. Bloomquist – 3B
Y. Betancourt – SS
J. Kendall – C
Getz – 2B
2:43 – Tigers Lineup
A. Jackson – CF
J. Damon – LF
M. Ordonez – RF
M. Cabrera – 1B
C. Guillen – DH
B. Inge – 3B
G. Laird – C
S. Sizemore – 2B
A. Everett – SS