Even though I attended last Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, I decided to save this piece until the conclusion of the 2019 season, which formally ended today with a walk-off 5-4 win over the AL Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins. The win was a nice conclusion for a variety of reasons: it helped secure… Read More Not all about the wins: one last Royals game at the K in 2019
Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi may be one of the club’s most fascinating pieces going forward. 2019 was his first full season where he began and finished with the big league club, as in previous seasons, he jumped back and forth between Omaha and Kansas City on a frequent basis. Part of that was due to… Read More What can Royals fans say about Adalberto Mondesi’s 2019?
With the final series of 2019 looming for the Kansas City Royals looming, and the guarantee of another 100-plus loss season already cemented, it may be easy to go into this series as a Royals fan and ignore it, especially with the Kansas City Chiefs playing the undefeated Lions this weekend. However, while I’m sure… Read More Three Things to Pay Attention to in the Royals’ final series of 2019
One of the more unfortunate realities of baseball or sports in general is that people in baseball are more remembered for what they did recently rather than looking at the whole picture. Ivan Rodriguez was one of the best catchers in the history of the game in his prime, but his lackluster seasons in Washington… Read More Ned Yost was more than his record…will Royals fans remember that?
A co-worker and I go to Breit’s Stein and Deli so frequently on Friday nights that one Friday afternoon, Google suggested to him on his phone if he needed directions to get to Breit’s that evening. It’s amazing how judgmental technology can be sometimes. And despite Google’s passive aggressiveness, we still went, not just to… Read More #RoyalsCity: Breit’s Stein and Deli in KCK
Bullpens can always be unfairly evaluated by baseball fans. As fans, we are prone to recency bias, and tend to unfairly hone in one good or one bad stretch from a bullpen when it comes to judgment. A closer blows a save? He’s the worst closer of all time in the eyes of the fans… Read More Was the Royals bullpen actually a strength in the second half of 2019?
With the 2019 regular season about to close, one of the hot topics within Royals fan circles concerns who Dayton Moore will pursue this off-season in order to build the Royals into a more competitive club in 2020. After all, with back-to-back 100-loss seasons pretty much an inevitability at this point, and with new ownership… Read More Bubba Starling and Brett Phillips deserve to be starting next Spring
2018 was rough for Kansas City Royals fans in all regards. Just three years removed from a World Series title, the Royals fell back to earth in epic fashion. After a failed “one-last-push for the playoffs run” in 2017 with the old core responsible for pennants in 2014 and 2015 (i.e. Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain,… Read More Jorge Soler saved Royals baseball in 2019
There was no question that this upcoming series at Kauffman Stadium against the Houston Astros was going to be a difficult one for the Royals. After all, the Astros lead the AL West by 8 games after today’s 6-1 win over the Royals, are 97-53, and are trying to position themselves for the top spot… Read More Greinke’s return to Kauffman and his complicated legacy as a Royal
The Royals’ starting rotation has been “underwhelming” in 2019 to put it nicely. According to Fangraphs, the Royals rotation ranks 26th in in starting pitching WAR, 23rd in ERA, and 25th in FIP. Considering the Royals from 2013-2016 seemed to rely on their pitching to regular season and postseason (2014 and 2015) success, the fall… Read More Where does Jakob Junis fit in the Royals’ plans for 2020?