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Willie Bloomquist batting third today in the Royals' hilariously awful lineup

Aug 25, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

Armando Galarraga might have a chance for another (near) perfect game this afternoon, as the Royals feature the following lineup:
1. Gregor Blanco
2. Mike Aviles
3. Willie Bloomquist
4. Billy Butler
5. Kila Ka’aihue
6. Brayan Pena
7. Mitch Maier
8. Jai Miller
9. Chris Getz
There are a couple amazing things at play here.
First, as Tom Gage of the Detroit News points out, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has 10 more homers (31) than the entire Royals’ lineup put together (21).
Beyond that, Willie Bloomquist batting third in a big-league lineup–against a right-handed pitcher, no less–is hilarious. Bloomquist is a career .255 hitter with a .305 on-base percentage and .310 slugging percentage against righties, including .205/.221/.253 this season. He has long been one of the worst hitters in baseball against right-handed pitching. And he’s batting third.
I’m not sure whether to mock manager Ned Yost for filling out that ridiculous lineup card or general manager Dayton Moore for putting together the roster, but there’s probably enough to go around for both. I believe this is what the kids on the interwebs call “epic fail.” Also, “LOLZ” applies too.
And now the Royals will probably score 20 runs.

  1. birdmancometh - Aug 25, 2010 at 12:17 PM


  2. geoknows - Aug 25, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Royals fans knew when the roster dump went on last month that things were going to get worse before getting better.

  3. El Bravo - Aug 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    I actually believe the Royals will STILL light up Galarraga. Just watch.

  4. isdtyrant - Aug 25, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    How long until Yost starts writing Dorn and Cerrano into the 4th and 5th spots?

  5. kcfan - Aug 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Perfect game? They may not light up the scoreboard with homeruns but they wouldnt do that if they had their best 9 hitters in the lineup. Cabrera may have 10 more homeruns than the royals lineup combined but im sure they have quite a bit more stolen bases than he does. There is more than one way to score a run in baseball, base hits and good base running works also. Go Royals!

  6. murd - Aug 25, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    I promise I’m not trying to pick a fight, but the Royals don’t hit or run very well either.

  7. King Ding-A-Ling - Aug 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Good thing nobody cares about the Royals.

  8. jj jones - Aug 25, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Don’t sleep on Kila Ka’aihue. People get hurt that way.

  9. doctorfunke - Aug 25, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Nah, they’re off golfing together somewhere.

  10. geoknows - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Top of the 8th, looks like Valverde is the goat.

  11. geoknows - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Um…Royals have third best batting average in baseball and ninth in stolen bases.

  12. murd - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    But how many runs have they scored? Batting average doesn’t matter if they guys are either left on base or run into outs. I don’t think baseball-reference is quite curent, but they show KC having 87 stolen bases, but have been caught 39 times. That’s only a 69% success rate. In comparison, TB has 150 stolen bases and have been caught 38 times. So like I said, they don’t run very well.

  13. geoknows - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    And now Bloomquist homers in the 12th…

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