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?
The Royals have a chance to finish above .500 in a month for the first time since April as they face the Cleveland “soon-to-be” Guardians tonight on August 31st at Kauffman Stadium. Unfortunately, Royals haven’t had much luck against Cleveland this year, as they are 1-8 against them, which included a four-game sweep at Kauffman… Read More Three Things to Look Forward to in September from the Royals
Without a doubt, there is no one more important to this 2021 Royals squad than Salvador Perez. On an offensive basis, he has pretty much carried this Royals lineup, as he is posting a 126 wRC+ in 526 plate appearances, according to Fangraphs. Furthermore, he leads the team with 37 home runs*, with another one… Read More How should Royals fans be viewing Salvy’s sensational season?
Without a doubt, the hype among Royals fans right now, especially as the Royals are 58-70, is centered on the future of this organization. More specifically, a lot of the excitement in Royals fandom circles is focused on Bobby Witt, Jr., who continues to mash Minor League pitching in Omaha: What Witt, Jr. is doing… Read More Nicky and Whit are making their case to be the Royals’ middle infield in 2022
The Royals are on a bit of a hot streak, as they have won six out of their last seven games, which included taking three out of four at Kauffman Stadium from the Houston Astros, and a recent sweep of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Currently, the Royals are 55-68, and even though they… Read More Three signs that show that the Royals’ young starters are figuring it out
The Royals have had some trouble finding a third-baseman since Mike Moustakas was traded away to Milwaukee during the 2018 season. In many ways, the third base position in Kansas City has been a revolving door, as Dayton Moore has failed to find a substantial option at the position over that time span, both on… Read More Can Emmanuel Rivera be an option at third for the Royals in the post-“Moose” era?