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Gameday Thread: Royals (40-60) at Orioles (43-57)

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It's a Businessman's Special, as they used to call it, but probably more like Summer Camp Day. Start time today is a ridiculous 12:35 EDT, and for those of you without access to MASN or MLB.tv, the situation is made worse by the fact 3 E himself, Brad Bergesen, is pitching today. You're gonna miss a great game.

It's hard to overestimate the effect Bergesen has had on this team. Jeremy Guthrie has regressed to the mean his numbers have said he should have been at for two years. The other four starters from Opening Day are gone, and one of their replacements is gone. Think about that - five starters (Simon, Hendrickson, Uehara, Hill, Eaton) have come and gone and Bergesen stays. He's been the ace of the staff the past two months, and he's become the O's best chance to win in any given series since Erik Bedard in 2007, at least at home.

Bergesen is golden at OPaCY. He's 6-1 with a 2.82 ERA in 10 starts. If the team could score for him on the road, he and Nolan Reimold would be in the thick of a 3-man race for Rookie of the Year with Chicago's Gordon Beckham.

Kansas City will start Luke Hochevar ( 6-3, 4.84), who is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last two starts. Expect to see a lot of swings and misses today. Hochevar struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings to earn a win in Kansas City’s 6-3 victory over Texas on Saturday night. Today is all about getting into that KC bullpen.

A few more interesting tidbits to get you to game time, courtesy of Steve Melewski of MASN:

*Last night was game #100 for the season. Let's hope August goes better than it has the last 5 years.

*Jim Johnson earned his second save of the year last night.

* The Royals 'pen had pitched nine scoreless innings in the series' first two games, but gave up five runs over two innings last night.

*Adam Jones is 4 for 13 in this series with three homers and 7 RBI. He has homered five times in 12 games since the All-Star break.

*Nolan Reimold went hitless Wednesday but is 11 for 20 over his last six games. Matt Wieters is 10 for 21 with 3 RBI during a six-game hitting streak.

*O's pitching has slowly been getting better. Over the last 18 games, the team ERA is 3.95.

*Kansas City has won three of five games. But, over a longer stretch, they have lost 12 of the last 15.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Luke Hochevar 6-3 12 12 1 0 0 0 70.2 68 41 38 10 20 48 4.84 1.25

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Brad Bergesen 6-5 18 18 1 0 0 0 116.1 119 51 46 11 30 59 3.56 1.28


Lineup

Kansas City Royals @ Baltimore Orioles

07/30/09 12:35 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals Baltimore Orioles
David DeJesus - LF Brian Roberts - 2B
Mitch Maier - CF Felix Pie - LF
Billy Butler - 1B Adam Jones - CF
Mike Jacobs - DH Nick Markakis - RF
Alberto Callaspo - 2B Aubrey Huff - 1B
John Buck - C Ty Wigginton - 3B
Alex Gordon - 3B Luke Scott - DH
Ryan Freel - RF Matt Wieters - C
Yuniesky Betancourt - SS Cesar Izturis - SS

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