Trying to understand the Royals’ approach this year with Edward Olivares

It has been a frustrating 2021 thus far for Royals outfielder Edward Olivares. Acquired in the Trevor Rosenthal deal last summer, Olivares is a toolsy outfielder who performed decently in an 18-game sample in Kansas City during the shortened 2020 season. In 65 plate appearances, Olivares posted a triple slash of .274/.292/.419 which included two… Read More Trying to understand the Royals’ approach this year with Edward Olivares

Hunter Dozier is pressing…but he may be due soon (hopefully)

There’s no question that Hunter Dozier has been one of the Royals’ more disappointing stories this season. On March 1st, the Royals agreed to a four-year extension with Dozier worth about $25 million guaranteed that bought out his remaining arbitration years. Even though Dozier was coming off a slight regression in 2020, as his wRC+… Read More Hunter Dozier is pressing…but he may be due soon (hopefully)

“Paying attention” to the positives during this tough Royals stretch and season

I was able to attend in person Tuesday’s game against the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium, which was my fifth game in person this year. While the Royals have been in the midst of a massive slide, the atmosphere was still a pretty positive one, despite the previous night’s 10-3 loss to Detroit. There were around… Read More “Paying attention” to the positives during this tough Royals stretch and season

Can the Royals’ offense rebound against the Tigers’ top of the rotation?

It was not a great road trip for the Royals offense, as they only scored 19 runs over a seven-game span that included stops in Anaheim and Oakland. While the Royals pitching staff and defense allowed 44 runs, the fact that the Royals were outscored by 25 runs on the West Coast trip also reflects… Read More Can the Royals’ offense rebound against the Tigers’ top of the rotation?

With top pitching prospects struggling in KC, Eldred’s tenure with Royals needs to be examined

It was another rough start for Jackson Kowar on Saturday, as his Major League debut has not necessarily gone swimmingly thus far. After dominating Triple-A hitters with the Omaha Storm Chasers (he was posting a 0.85 ERA in six starts and 31.2 IP), Kowar has failed to show much command in his first two starts… Read More With top pitching prospects struggling in KC, Eldred’s tenure with Royals needs to be examined

So what’s the status of Kyle Isbel? (And when will Royals fans see him again?)

Kyle Isbel was one of the Royals’ best stories this Spring in Surprise. After only playing in High-A ball in 2019, and spending the entire 2020 season at the Alternate Site in KCK, Isbel absolutely flourished in Cactus League play this past Spring. In 23 games and 50 plate appearances, Isbel posted a slash of… Read More So what’s the status of Kyle Isbel? (And when will Royals fans see him again?)

The benefits and drawbacks to keeping Wade Davis in the Royals bullpen

There’s no question that Wade Davis has a special spot in the hearts of Kansas City Royals fans. From 2014-2016, no reliever was more important to the Kansas City Royals bullpen. Over that three-year span, Davis accumulated a 6.5 fWAR, which led all Royals relievers, according to Fangraphs. While Davis will probably miss out on… Read More The benefits and drawbacks to keeping Wade Davis in the Royals bullpen

Is preferring Gutierrez over Olivares the right call for the Royals?

Shortly before this evening’s finale against the Angels, the Royals made this announcement on their Twitter: The news was a bit surprising considering that Olivares had a base hit last night in the Royals’ 8-1 loss to the Angels, and hasn’t produced an awful line by any means. In five games and 19 plate appearances,… Read More Is preferring Gutierrez over Olivares the right call for the Royals?

Does the Khris Davis situation shed any light on what the Royals will do with Soler?

Today, the Texas Rangers made a big roster decision, as they designated DH/Outfielder Khris Davis for assignment. This off-season, the Rangers traded longtime shortstop Elvis Andrus to the Oakland Athletics for Davis in an unexpected move that was pretty much an exchange of players in the twilight of their careers. Andrus isn’t doing much with… Read More Does the Khris Davis situation shed any light on what the Royals will do with Soler?