Trying to understand the Royals’ approach this year with Edward Olivares

It has been a frustrating 2021 thus far for Royals outfielder Edward Olivares. Acquired in the Trevor Rosenthal deal last summer, Olivares is a toolsy outfielder who performed decently in an 18-game sample in Kansas City during the shortened 2020 season. In 65 plate appearances, Olivares posted a triple slash of .274/.292/.419 which included two… Read More Trying to understand the Royals’ approach this year with Edward Olivares

Can the Royals’ offense rebound against the Tigers’ top of the rotation?

It was not a great road trip for the Royals offense, as they only scored 19 runs over a seven-game span that included stops in Anaheim and Oakland. While the Royals pitching staff and defense allowed 44 runs, the fact that the Royals were outscored by 25 runs on the West Coast trip also reflects… Read More Can the Royals’ offense rebound against the Tigers’ top of the rotation?

Santana and Benintendi heating up, but Whit and Soler are concerns for Royals lineup

In some ways, Dayton Moore can take a bit of a victory lap so far on his acquisitions of Carlos Santana via free agency and Andrew Benintendi via trade this off-season. Other than Salvador Perez, not two hitters in the Royals lineup has been more productive or effective as of late than both Santana and… Read More Santana and Benintendi heating up, but Whit and Soler are concerns for Royals lineup

The Royals go 6-3 on road trip…but concerns remain after Twins finale

For the most part, the Royals were successful on their most recent road trip which included stops in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Minnesota. The Royals went 6-3, and are currently still in first place in the AL Central standings by 1.5 games over the second-place Chicago White Sox. Thus, it is easy to get excited for… Read More The Royals go 6-3 on road trip…but concerns remain after Twins finale

HTP on Benintendi; Pitchers and Catchers Report; What About Rosenthal?

Just another quick post today, as I am going to highlight a few things and thoughts on this snowy and cold day (again). God, March and April can’t come soon enough honestly. February has definitely sucked. Here’s the Pitch Newsletter on Andrew Benintendi trade Today, I contributed an article to the IBWAA’s “Here’s the Pitch”… Read More HTP on Benintendi; Pitchers and Catchers Report; What About Rosenthal?

Royals get Benintendi, and how he fits into their short (and long) term plans

After I wrote my Royals PECOTA Projections analysis yesterday, I was ready to get ready for bed, knowing that I was going to go back into school after teaching virtually the entire week. Of course, last evening, things blew up on my Twitter, as the baseball world made the following announcement: The deal was a… Read More Royals get Benintendi, and how he fits into their short (and long) term plans