Re: Real trivia
The '96 Royals were a poor hitting team that produced a total of 123 HR's that year. By contrast, the M's that year hit twice as many HR's with 245 HR's. Additionally, Randy Johnson was the starter who K'd 7 and allowed 1 run in 5 innings pitched.
For the Royals that day, the starter was Doug Linton who had a wonderful ERA of 5.02 that year and managed to give up 4 runs in 4.2 IP. Linton was followed by the always memorable Mike Magnante (5.67 ERA) and Hipolito Pichardo (5.43 ERA).
The thread started out not as a discourse on 'small-ball' but as an obscure stat that Chris Steins stole 4 out of his 5 season's SB's on the same day and that one of the SB's was Home Plate. One of those odd things that happens in baseball.
To devine that the Royals should try to stand toe-to-toe and slug it out with the big boys is laughable but I understand that it makes some of you feel good to make fun of "the little things". The Royals lost that day because Seattle was a better team that could hit HRs while KC was a team that could not hit HRs and was facing better pitching. In that situation you do whatever you can do to try to win.
Last edited by remdog; 01-27-2006 at 08:25 AM.