Two games into the 2013 season, the Royals have scored two runs, lost twice at the Chicago White Sox and seen one of their primary offseason pitching acquisitions get lit up like a Roman candle.
Good thing Jeremy Guthrie gets the ball next.
Signed to a three-year, $25 million contract in the offseason that kept him in KC, Guthrie has flat dominated the White Sox. In 29.2 innings against Sox hitters, he has a 0.30 ERA with 19 strikeouts and just two walks: easily his best ERA against any opponent in his career.
His numbers at U.S. Cellular Field, where the Royals will on Thursday close out their season-opening three-game set, are even better: a 0.00 ERA and a win in 16 innings, with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
The Royals could certainly use a lift. After starting the season with so much promise, they depart Chicago following Thursday's game for a weekend series at Philadelphia before returning to KC for their home opener on Monday.
--JEFF ROSEN, The Star