Friday night's Royals-Angels game in Anaheim, Calif., turned out to be Exhibit A of why you should almost never trust spring-training numbers.
Royals left-hander Bruce Chen, beaten and battered by opponents most of spring training, completely baffled the Angels through six dominant innings.
The Royals' offense, so powerful and productive throughout spring training, was no match for Angels ace Jered Weaver, who flipped eight shutout innings and struck out 10.
And in the end, the Royals' bullpen, purported to be the team's strength this season, caved in during a five-run Angels' eighth inning, keyed by Erick Aybar's three-run triple off Greg Holland.
The Angels went on to roll 5-0 in each team's season opener.
Yet if there was a bright spot for the Royals, the youngest team in the major leagues, it came from their oldest player the 34-year-old Chen.
Though Chen has been the team's top pitcher the past two years and was named the Royals' pitcher of the year in 2011, his rough sp...