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The Royals beat Justin Verlander? Of course they did.

May 2, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Jonathan Sanchez

Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re one of the worst teams in baseball. You are starting a guy with a 6.75 ERA who has walked more dudes than he has struck out.  You’re facing the defending AL Central champs with the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP on the mound.  How’s it gonna turn out?

Just fine, thanks: The Royals and Jonathan Sanchez beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers 3-2.

It was tied at two heading into the ninth when Jaoquin Benoit took over for Verlander. After retiring the first man he faced, Benoit gave up a double to Mike Moustakas, who then advanced to third on a groundout.  Up came Chris Getz who hit an infield single to short scoring Moustakas.  Jonathan Broxton came in to close it out in the ninth.

As the saying goes, you can’t predict baseball. There are no Master Lock: Keys to the Game.  Anyone who does the “What [Team X] needs to do to win” thing is wasting time.  Baseball just happens. Sometimes the worst beats the best. And it means little, because there’s another game tomorrow.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    The Royals were ranked 9th on SI.Com’s Power Rankings (as of April 29) and the Tigers were ranked 30th. What does SI.Com know that nobody else knows? On the other hand the 29th ranked Blue Jays just won 2 out of 3 from the first place Rangers. SI.Com has to be right because they use WAR and other “advanced Metrics” – NOT!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      What does SI.Com know that nobody else knows

      That giving full value to UZR this early in the season is absurd. That’s why the Royals are ranked where they are.

      • Jeremy T - May 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        Along with some unfortunate timing (poor “clutch hitting”) and the fact that there’s a very large cluster of teams that are very close to each other in the middle.

  2. michaelg956 - May 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    I’ll have to check my records but I believe the Texas Rangers are the defending AL Champs, two years running.

    • racksie - May 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I was about to say the same thing, but Craig fixed it.

  3. paperlions - May 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Defending AL Champs? Really?

  4. randygnyc - May 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Verlander has sure run into some hard luck this year. The tiger’s bulging offense goes limp when he pitches, and their bullpen has done more to undermine him than opposing offenses.

  5. pestiesti - May 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Does Craig dating a Tigers fan mean that we will get one of these “It will be ok” posts after every tough loss? Because… well… I could live with that.

  6. icanspeel - May 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    They didn’t exactly beat Verlander as Benoit was the one who lost the game.. In this scenario it is more like the Royals bullpen was better than the Tigers bullpen

  7. yankeesgameday - May 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    “and it means little” kinda puts a cramp in hard ball talk’s raison d’etre doesn’t it Craig?

  8. dawgpoundmember - May 2, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I wouldn’t even say the royals pen won it…Sanchez was just one over the minimum until the sixth. So with that said, it’s okay Craig, it would be better for the team to get hot say in September.

  9. royalsfaninfargo - May 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    I guess even “little league teams” can win a game now and again.

  10. stex52 - May 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    “Baseball just happens.” That says it all. Other sports are like contests. Baseball is like your life. And not only because it goes on and on forever and ever.

  11. metrocritical - May 2, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    This year is not going to be the cakewalk for the Tigers that some predicted. Many of the players had career years in 2011, the team did nothing to improve its woeful defense or add speed and the loss of Fister and Martinez has left them with a flawed roster that will struggle on and off for the entire season. They may take the division but it won’t be by 15 games.

    By the way speed readers, this article stated that Detroit was the AL Central champ last year, not the AL Champ. Read every word of every sentence and you will get mote out of the experience.

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