Last off-season, Dayton Moore struck gold by acquiring Trevor Rosenthal and Greg Holland to boost the bullpen in 2020. Even though both Rosenthal and Holland were coming off rough seasons in 2019, Moore was able to sign the former Cardinals and Royals closers to Minor League deals. Much to the benefits of the Royals organization,… Read More Could a Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera “Royals” return be looming?
Edit: Changed the title of this series from “Random Royals Thoughts” to “Random Royals Reflections” because…well…three R’s? I’m a sucker for alliteration. Tampa Bay has struck back, as they tied up the series 1-1 with a 6-4 victory of Los Angeles. And much like Game 1, I developed some thoughts about the Royals that related… Read More Random Royals Reflections from Game 2 of the World Series
From 2013-2016, the bullpen was THE strength of the Royals team. In fact, over that time span, the Royals bullpen accumulated a 22.9 WAR over that four-year span, which led all teams in baseball, according to Fangraphs. However, after a great run, mostly lead by some combo of “HDH” (Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg… Read More The 2020 “Royalty Awards”: Who was the Royals’ best relief pitcher?
There was some hope going into this weekend’s series against the Brewers that the Royals could finish the year around .500. At 21-29 going into Friday’s game, if the Royals went 9-1 over their last 10 games, they would finish the year 30-30. While that seemed like a tall feat, the Brewers, Cardinals, and Tigers… Read More ‘Another Missed Chance’: Three takeaways from the Brewers-Royals series
There’s no question that Jakob Junis has been one of the unluckiest Royals this season. Before the season even started, Junis tested positive for COVID, and his recovery caused him to start the season on the injured list. On August 15th, he was scratched from a start against the Twins due to back spasms and… Read More Looking at Jakob Junis and how he fits in with the Royals next year
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?
While the Kansas City Royals have been an slightly pleasant surprise at 8-11 going into this weekend’s series in Minnesota against the Twins, one player that has been a disappointment so far in 2020 has been reliever Ian Kennedy. Signed in 2016 to a five-year $70 million contract (which cost the Royals a first-round pick… Read More What should the Royals do with Ian Kennedy for the remainder of 2020?
One of the more interesting reliever stories going into 2020 was Josh Staumont, a former second-round pick of the Royals in the 2015 MLB Draft who is known for his top-notch stuff, but has been plagued by wild control and command as a professional. The Royals’ top prospect according to Baseball America going into the… Read More Looking at Josh Staumont’s 2020 start…and what it could mean for the Royals in 2021
The Royals lost 4-3 in game two of their four game series against the Tigers on Tuesday, and it was a difficult one to stomach. Whit Merrifield continued to show why he is the Royals’ most valuable player, as he went yard for a three-run home run in the third inning that made Royals fans… Read More Should the Royals employ an ‘Opener’ full time? (And is Zimmer the guy to do it?)
It’s hard to be optimistic about the 2020 outlook after the Royals lost their opening series to the Cleveland Indians two games to one. Yes, the Indians were the better and more favored team in the pre-season, so the idea that the Royals would win this series, on the road nonetheless, seemed like quite a… Read More Matheny has decisions to make on Royals bullpen after Indians series