For Saber-heads like myself, Baseball Savant’s new metric for analyzing infield defense (infield outs above average) is fascinating, especially when applied to Royals players who took the infield last season. Defense traditionally has always been a difficult part of the game to analyze concretely: what numbers and/or metrics truly rate an infielder or outfielder’s defense… Read More Analyzing the 2019 Royals Infield OAA metrics…And what does it mean for 2020?
No player has been more fascinating to follow this off-season than Royals utility player Whit Merrifield. With Salvador Perez missing the entire 2019 season to injury, Whit took the mantle as the face of the Royals franchise a year ago. And even though Salvy will be back in action behind the plate in 2020, it… Read More What will be Whit's future in Kansas City in 2020 (and beyond)?
Yes, I have not posted on this blog in a while. But now that the Notre Dame football season and my first fall semester of grad school is over, I feel like I can begin to turn my focus toward Royals baseball again, especially as we head into 2020. And let’s face it Royals fans…you… Read More Is Maikel Franco an 'analytics' signing by Moore?
Hot stove season is fun. Especially for amateur baseball bloggers. With little to no team access, it’s fun to theorize which free agents would be good fits for a team, and which ones would not. As fans, we want to see our club improve, especially if your club is a losing one (hence, us as… Read More Three possible free agent targets to solve the Royals’ pitching woes
Dear John Sherman and the new Royals Ownership Group, Thank you for taking over our beloved Kansas City Royals. As you know, Mr. Sherman, this club means a lot to the community of Kansas City. If there was one thing we appreciate as a metro area, it’s that previous owner David Glass, and even the… Read More An Open Letter to new Royals Owner John Sherman (from a fan and ticket holder)
On Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that former Royals and World Series stud Mike Moustakas declined his team option, which officially makes him a free agent this Winter. And not surprisingly, the Royals fanbase is at odds in terms of whether or not the Royals should make a run at 31-year-old third baseman: It makes… Read More ‘Return of the Moose’? Why a Moustakas Royals reunion may be difficult in 2020
I get that I’m a bit late to the “Matheny is the Royals Manager take” party here on this blog. That’s what happens when you have a busy week as a high school teacher. Big things like this pop up, and you don’t have time to write about it until the wee evening hours of… Read More Matheny, Moore and being a fan of a small-market baseball team in the Midwest