The Royals are hitting the the home stretch of the 2021 season, as they begin their second-to-last home stand of the year at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday (I will be going to Tuesday’s game against the Athletics). The Royals were able eek out the final game of the weekend series against the Twins, which not… Read More Can a platoon of Olivares and Isbel work in right field for the Royals?
After getting blown out on Saturday evening, the Kansas City Royals bounced back to win 5-3 in the series finale against the Minnesota Twins, which not only earned them a series win, but a winning record over the seven-game road trip which took place in Minneapolis and Baltimore. The Royals go into the off-day on… Read More Three takeaways from the Royals’ recent road trip in Baltimore and Minnesota
The Royals are currently 64-77 going into Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, and a big reason for them winning the first game of the weekend series in the Twin Cities was the performance of Andrew Benintendi: Benintendi has been on a monster tear in September, as he is posting a .325/.372/.675 slash with an… Read More Benintendi is surging…but will the Royals make him a long-term option in left field?
One of the drawbacks to this season is Major League Baseball limiting the active roster to 28 players in the final month of September rather than the full 40, which was the case pre-pandemic. The decision makes sense for a variety of reasons: having 28 guys in the clubhouse limits potential COVID spread, and due… Read More Four Royals on the 40-man roster who haven’t made the Majors yet (and what their future outlook is)
The Royals bullpen has been a bit up and down during the 2021 season. Currently, they rank 20th in bullpen ERA, according to Fangraphs, but they do rank 16th in relief WHIP and 9th in hits allowed per nine innings, which shows that they may be better than their ERA states. Scott Barlow has been… Read More Domingo Tapia and Joel Payamps have been surprises in the Royals bullpen, but can it last?
The Royals are 60-75 going into Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, and are projected to finish 73-89, according to Depth Charts projections on Fangraphs. While that would be a slight improvement from a year ago (on a pro-rated basis), it is still disappointing considering the aggressive offseason the Royals had.… Read More Three Royals hitters who will be on the “hot seat” in September
One of the most promising stories of 2020 and in the first couple of months of 2021 was the emergence of Kyle Zimmer as a reliable option in the Royals bullpen. The fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of the University of San Francisco, Zimmer was expected to be a cornerstone of the… Read More Will Kyle Zimmer bounce back for the Royals?
The Royals will be looking to avoid being swept on Thursday against the Cleveland “soon-to-be” Guardians, though it certainly won’t be easy, as the Royals will face Triston McKenzie, who has been much better in the second half of the year, now that he’s got his control more in check (he’s only walked 7 batters… Read More Should the Royals try to be the next “Cleveland” in 2022?
Carlos Santana was expected to be a key catalyst to this Royals lineup when he was acquired as a free agent this Winter. After all, he was kind of the antithesis of what Royals fans were used to from free agent signings. Santana was a proven veteran who had mostly played on winning squads, most… Read More Can Carlos Santana be “smooth” again for the Royals at the plate in September?