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Chen Again! Yeah! All Hands Up for High-5's!!

       By Tim Pafford


      Bruce Chen is back with the Kansas City Royals!!! What beauty to the starting rotation has been brought back to the team! Bruce is said to have wanted to be back with the Royals so badly that he made sure the negotiations had him as a starting pitcher no matter what else was discussed.  Thank you, Bruce! 
        This, along with the signing of the Rockies past-star lefty Jeff Francis,  may have KC looking to see some of the best left handed pitching for the team since Paul Splittorff in the 1970's.
      For those to young to know, Paul was one of the pitching stars of the Royals when the team was consistently challenging for championships and World Series bids. Though he no longer plays professional baseball, he is one of the post-game show commentators and still holds many of the franchise's highest pitching records such as most wins and innings pitched with a continued love of the game and a wealth of knowledge from the booth.
       To those who worried about the starting rotation with out Zack Greinke, I feel that your worries can be alleviated now. Bruce showed much better consistency than Zack along with more wins to the season.  All this after starting later in the season than Zack due to starting 2010 in the minors. Though he did suffer from the same lack of run support to diminish his win-loss record as Zack did, Bruce did not seem to allow this to effect his consistent playing inning after inning.  Any one else remember Zack getting shelled for 11 runs in 3 innings and seeing visible tears?  You won't see that from Bruce.  When the game gets tough her keeps his focus and poise.
     With all this said, reports say that offense should be an increased commodity this season.  That should help diminish some of the pitching's  gargantuan  up-hill battling for wins. All of baseball knows that no matter how great a team is at keeping the ball out of play, they need runs to win a ball game.   At least we know we will have great experience in our pitchers this year, and they also have a drive and desire to play here in Kansas City.  2011 here we go!!

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