The Royals are currently 7-1 in Cactus League play and are seemingly gelling well under new manager Matt Quatraro and the revamped Royals coaching staff. It is nice to see the full Royals Spring Training roster perform well together before many matriculate to their respective country teams for the World Baseball Classic. A positive for… Read More Diving into Carlos Hernandez’s Pitches via PLV and Run-Value (And What It Could Mean for the Royals)
The Royals have played two Cactus League games so far, and are currently 2-0 under new manager Matt Quatraro this Spring. Granted, it’s Spring Training contests, and they’ve played both games against the Texas Rangers, who share the Surprise Stadium complex with the Royals. Nonetheless, it’s nice not just to have baseball back (especially on… Read More Three Early Royals Spring Training Stories to Watch
The Kansas City Royals seem set roster-wise for Spring Training, and a key for the Royals in 2023 will be how their pitching develops under new manager Matt Quatraro, pitching coach Brian Sweeney, and the Royals coaching staff. It’s been a frequent point of discussion this week, as MLB.com Royals beat writer Anne Rogers made… Read More How Does Jon Heasley Fit Into this Royals’ Pitching Equation?
In a bit of stunning news on Saturday, the Detroit Tigers traded closer Gregory Soto, along with utility infielder Kody Clemens, to Philadelphia for outfielders Matt Vierling and Nick Maton, as well as catcher Donny Sands. The move was mostly an unexpected one from both ends. The Phillies were already pretty full in the bullpen,… Read More How Does the Gregory Soto Deal Affect Scott Barlow and the Royals Bullpen?
Last season, the Royals ranked 27th in bullpen ERA, 28th in H/9 (hits allowed per nine innings), and 30th in WHIP and BB/9 (walks per nine innings). It was a frustrating development to see for Royals fans, especially since the bullpen was so key to Kansas City’s success from 2013 through 2017. (Who could forget… Read More Will Max Castillo and Carlos Hernandez Make Adjustments to Contribute to the Royals Bullpen in 2023?
The Royals lost another tough one today to the Tampa Bay Rays, as they only recorded four hits in a 5-2 loss on Saturday afternoon. Kris Bubic struggled on the mound against the Rays, as he only went 3.2 IP and allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks. To make matters worse, Bubic… Read More Should the Royals Transition Carlos Hernández Permanently to the Bullpen?
When looking at the season as a whole, the Royals starting rotation has not been good. When looking at team rankings via Fangraphs, this is how the Royals starting pitchers fare, as of August 13th: 26th in ERA 27th in WHIP 25th in BB/9 27th in K/9 18th in HR/9 On the other hand, this… Read More The Royals Rotation Has Improved…But What Does That Mean for 2023?
The Royals are tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the worst record in baseball at 16-31, as of Monday, May 31st. You read that correctly. And it’s not just the record that’s bad. The Royals’ run differential is actually the worst in baseball, as The Athletic’s Alec Lewis alluded on Twitter on Tuesday morning: After… Read More After Two Rough Months, What Should Be the Hopes for the Royals From Here On Out?
After firing hitting coach Terry Bradshaw, Royals Twitter quickly latched onto Royals pitching coach Cal Eldred, who has failed to inspire much confidence in Kansas City since being hired prior to the 2018 season. Eldred had been on the Royals coaching staff as long as Bradshaw, and the numbers haven’t been much better on a… Read More Is the Royals Rotation Actually Showing Signs of Improvement?
It’s been an interesting start to the season for Royals starting pitchers. On one hand, there has been some slight improvement, sans a couple of rough outings (i.e the 17-3 Cleveland loss). According to Fangraphs, the Royals starting staff ranks 20th in ERA, 17th in WHIP, 19th in BB/9 and 17th in H/9. While those… Read More Analyzing the Royals Starters and Their Strikeout Issues