Domingo Tapia and Joel Payamps have been surprises in the Royals bullpen, but can it last?

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?

Examining Zimmer and Brentz’s recent struggles, and what that means for the Royals long-term

The Royals bullpen has been an up and down group in 2021. Luckily, Scott Barlow has been solid, as he leads all Royals relievers (with 10 or more IP) in fWAR (1.5), according to Fangraphs. Unfortunately, beyond Barlow, this Royals bullpen has not demonstrated much consistency, much to the dismay of the Royals overall as… Read More Examining Zimmer and Brentz’s recent struggles, and what that means for the Royals long-term

The benefits and drawbacks to keeping Wade Davis in the Royals bullpen

There’s no question that Wade Davis has a special spot in the hearts of Kansas City Royals fans. From 2014-2016, no reliever was more important to the Kansas City Royals bullpen. Over that three-year span, Davis accumulated a 6.5 fWAR, which led all Royals relievers, according to Fangraphs. While Davis will probably miss out on… Read More The benefits and drawbacks to keeping Wade Davis in the Royals bullpen

Tapia, Swarzak, and the need for depth in the Royals bullpen

Hokius of Royals Review penned a thorough piece called “The Royals relievers aren’t as bad as you think” on Saturday. There was was an interesting tidbit from his post that made me reflect on the Royals’ recent struggles in the bullpen, especially in the wake of their 7-5 Friday night loss to the Tigers in… Read More Tapia, Swarzak, and the need for depth in the Royals bullpen

Three early metrics that stick out from Royals relievers

It certainly may be tempting for Royals fans to be experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions to start the 2021 season. After looking good in the Rangers series, and splitting the Indians series, the Royals have lost back-to-back games, which included a 6-0 shutout to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. For many Royals baseball fans,… Read More Three early metrics that stick out from Royals relievers