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February 19, 2010 9:55 PM

Countdown to Opening Day: 45 Chen Ks

Pitchers and catchers have reported, but there's still a lot of time between now and Opening Day. I'll be counting down the days with a collection of random Royals-related numbers. Most of them mean nothing - this isn't supposed to be a groundbreaking series of research - but they'll hopefully make the days go faster until April 5.

45 Days = 45 Bruce Chen K's

As the intro warns, these numbers don't necessarily mean a thing. Our dear friend Chopped Liver didn't really do much good with Kansas City last year, but still logged more than 60 innings at the big league level.

While I was looking for something related to Chen, I found the craziest set of stats. I'll share that instead of trying to find some larger meaning in the low (and annually sinking)  strikeout rate of a AAAA pitcher.

Chris Michalak, in the Blue Jays system, pitched 0.2 innings at the Triple-A level last year. His K/9, BB/9, and HR/9 all ended up being 13.50. He gave up one homer, walked one, and struck one out in two 0.1 inning performances.

That doesn't mean anything either, but it was kind of silly to see all those 13.50s lined up together.

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