The 2020 Trade Deadline of this weird, COVID-shortened MLB season has finally passed much to the chagrin of Baseball Twitter junkies across the nation. For the Royals, despite trading Brett Phillips to the Rays and Trevor Rosenthal to the Padres earlier last week and over the weekend, respectively, general manager Dayton Moore stayed relatively quiet… Read More Three Royals takeaways from Monday’s Trade Deadline
After back-to-back devastating losses against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, and then in Game 1 against the White Sox on Friday night, the Royals finally showed some moxie in the late innings, as they beat the White Sox 9-6 on Saturday thanks to a five-run seventh-inning. While the win was a much-needed boost after… Read More So what does the Rosenthal trade mean for the Royals and the rest of this season?
It’s been a tough couple of days to focus on baseball. With the NBA sitting out in protest of the violence and racial injustice going in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and many baseball teams following suit by not playing either (including the Brewers, Dodgers, and the San Francisco Giants, my family’s team), it was difficult to really… Read More Royals trade Brett Phillips, which closes the door on the Moose trade of 2018
One of the challenges of being a Kansas City Royals fan is that the Royals really have no “true” rivalry in their division. Sure, battles against the Twins, White Sox, Tigers, and Indians can feel heated every now and then. But a rivalry with any of them? That seems tougher to justify, especially now with… Read More Why Royals-Cardinals “feels” like a rivalry (even if it may not be one)
After an 0-for-4 performance today in the final game of the 2020 season against the first-place Minnesota Twins, Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi is currently sitting at a .220/.243/.290 slash with a wRC+ of 43 for the year in 28 games and 103 plate appearances. Considering he’s in his fifth season at the Major League level,… Read More How should fans approach Adalberto Mondesi’s outlook as a Royal in 2020 and beyond?
I do not know Thom Brennaman very well, if at all. In fact, my knowledge of Cincinnati Reds baseball is pretty minute beyond the surface level stuff. I know about “The Big Red Machine”; the Reds “beating” the 1919 “Black Sox”; Marge Schott and her racist tirades; Ken Griffey, Jr. growing up in Cincinnati and… Read More What Thom Brennaman said mattered…and why it’s important to me and other Royals fans
With the first game of the Reds-Royals series postponed on Tuesday due to COVID concerns, the Royals made the announcement that they would be calling up pitcher Matt Harvey to start the second game of their slated doubleheader on Wednesday. I have talked about Harvey before on this blog, but this call up certainly comes… Read More Why the Royals called up Matt Harvey and not Daniel Lynch or Jackson Kowar
After losing three out of four to the first-place Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, the Royals currently sit at 9-14 and not only are in last place, but are six games out of the top spot. Granted, that is not necessarily the worst thing for the club, for the Royals will be done playing the Twins… Read More Three ways Royals fans can approach the remainder of this season
Without a doubt, designated hitter Jorge Soler and third baseman Maikel Franco have been two of the Royals’ most dynamic hitters during the first 22 games of the shortened Major League season. After Sunday’s loss, both Soler and Franco are tied for the team lead in home runs with five (along with utility player Whit… Read More Soler and Franco are producing intriguing, but slightly frustrating, seasons (and in different ways)
I am not sure if the Royals do a “Comeback Player of the Year” team award at the end of the season. But if they do, the early favorite for the award has to be catcher Salvador Perez, who has been one of the Royals’ best offensive players over the first 19 games of this… Read More Three takeaways from Salvy’s return to the Royals in 2020