Weekend Wrap: Royally Inexcusable

Thumbs Down.jpgWould you believe it if I told you that since 2006 the Tigers have beaten the Royals 10 more times than they’ve lost? Well, believe it — even if you don’t. According to trusty Baseball-Reference.com, the Tigers are 45-35 against Kansas City in that time.

“Impossible!,” you cry, especially on the heels of this weekend’s inexcusable disaster of a series.

Hey, I’m right there with you.

So why does it feel like the Royals have owned the Tigers of late? Here’s why: On Sept. 24, 2006, the Tigers crushed the Royals 11-4, won their 94th game and clinched a postseason berth. One week later, the Royals poured buckets of ice water on the Tigers and their fans, sweeping the final three games of the season, including the dagger: a 10-8, 12 innings win on the last day of the season, dashing Detroit’s division title chances. (Thanks for reliving that with me.)

Now, if you take those three hideous losses at the end of 2006 and add them to the Tigers’ head-to-head record with the Royals from 2007 to today, here’s what you get: 31-34.

Which leads us to what felt like another wasted trip to the hot and humid heartland — wasted because the Royals are the Royals and because the Tigers avoided Zack Greinke.

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Game 9: Royals 7 – Tigers 3

ESPN highlights available here.

The Score: Royals 7 – Tigers 3

The Gist: Rick Porcello allowed 10 hits in six innings (a Dontrelle Willis-like pace) and Royals’ starter Kyle Davies stymied the Tigers over 6.2 innings. Jose Guillen remained in the zone launching another home run. Kansas City’s bullpen showed up to ensure the Tigers wouldn’t have yet another comeback win.

The Quote: “I’m gonna do fine.” – Gerald Laird on his prospects for 2010 after a slow start.

The Stat: 1,202 – The combined number of feet Guillen’s homers traveled during the three-game series.

Up Next:

Friday: Tigers @ Seattle | 10:10 p.m. ET – Safeco Field, Seattle | On the air: FSD PLUS/1270 AM

Jeremy Bonderman (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez (0-0, 3.29 ERA)

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