We have been remiss in bringing you faithful readers your deserved Gil Meche updates. I will take all the blame. I was the asshole who just had to be clever and make fun of the guy. And he's responded by kicking my virtual teeth in.
The Meche works in mysterious ways. What else can this snarky internet writer do but throw up his hands and pretend that he meant the whole thing as a wacky tribute of sorts. The Meche matched up with my favorite young hurler, Dan Haren and came away with another fantastic line: 7 innings, 7 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 0 runs. He didn't get the win because Haren was just as good that night.
Consider this: The Meche has 3 of the Royals' 13 wins. And He's pitched well enough to win in all of his starts but one. I'm going to choose to be lazy and not look it up, but I would wager that only 5 or 6 pitchers have pitched as well as Our Patron Saint.
When this blog started, it seemed like it was going to be easy pickings all season. Just another botched move by a small market club that would make another mediocre pitcher rich beyond his wildest dreams. Gil Meche was not going to change his ways, he would keep walking batters, getting injured and giving up home runs. But now I think The Meche is showing us that we can all change our ways, defy expectations, be fabulously rewarded (by the Kansas City Royals), and kick our internet detractors in the teeth. Yes, I'm starting to become a believer.