Gambling in sports handicappers last saw the Royals as a serious post season contender in the 1994 lockout year, which was their only serious online sports gambling bid since 1989. The Royals last gambling in sports post season appearance was all the way back in 1985 in the glory days of hall of famer George Brett as they won the I-70 World Series in their sports gambling matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Last year the Royals had a gambling in sports record of 65-97 and were one of the biggest money losers on the board. Kansas City was equally weak in both run production and pitching as they ranked 23rd in the major leagues for offense and 26th overall for staff earned run average.
Ironically enough the Cy Young Award winner of 2009 comes from that gambling in sports pitching staff in the person of Zack Greinke. Somehow, the 26-year old Greinke managed to go 16-8 with a sparkling 2.16 earned run average despite pitching for one of the worst teams in all of gambling in sports.
Obviously Greinke’s gambling in sports excellence was not nearly enough to catapult the Royals into the post season race and their prospects remain slim for 2010. There is potential on the Kansas City pitching staff, however, that could be the seeds to a surprise season if everything breaks the right way.
Closer Joakim Soria had a 2.48 earned run average last year and has a 2.09 ERA for his three year career. He has a career total of 89 saves and 210 strikeouts in 189.1 innings of work. The big off season acquisition was left fielder Scott Podsednik who arrived from the Chicago White Sox.
Last year Posednik hit .303 and scored 75 runs with 30 stolen bases. Under the ownership of David Glass, however, this franchise has been a consistent bottom feeder and one of the least appealing teams on the board. It has been a sad two decades for a franchise that was once considered the model of baseball.