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Gameday Thread: O's (17-18) @ Royals (15-19)

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Today's Starting Pitchers GS IP ERA WHIP BAA BB K W-L
Steve Trachsel - RH 6 26.2 7.43 1.95 .306 19 13 1-4
Gil Meche - RH 7 40.2 5.98 1.52 .292 15 27 2-4

With the rate at which useless, crapped-out veterans that aren't performing are getting shown the door by major league teams this season, this really could be Steve Trachsel's last shot at staying in the rotation or even in the majors. Two seasons in a row, nobody but the Orioles has really knocked on the man's door. Last year, he managed to tread on thin ice well enough to get us a couple of players back from the Cubs, who made a very poor judgment of talent and statistics and everything else. This year, he's not even pretending. He's one of the absolute worst pitchers in the game. I like Steve Trachsel, seems like a nice sort, but you can't keep putting this dude on the field as he chases a 2.00 WHIP and maintains a 7+ ERA while not actually "eating innings."

Gil Meche's big KC KontraCt looked good last year, but he has dumped on the proverbial bed sheets this spring. He's got good enough stuff that a turnaround is likely, but the Royals, if they have any hope of truly putting together a "surprising" 80-85 win season, will need Meche to stop sucking. Pretty simple, really.

The Arsonist Steve (2008) takes the hill. Thankfully it's a Friday, so grab a 62-pack and buckle yourself in.