One Question About Each AL Central Team And Their Outlook for 2023

The AL Central was one of the weakest divisions in baseball in 2022. The Cleveland Guardians were not just the only team to represent the division in the expanded playoff format, but they also were the only Central club to have an above. 500 record as well. The White Sox and the Twins were expected… Read More One Question About Each AL Central Team And Their Outlook for 2023

How Does the Gregory Soto Deal Affect Scott Barlow and the Royals Bullpen?

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?

“Reporter Jottings”: O’Hearn DFA’d; Greinke Return Looking Questionable; Royals Beat Down Another

There were a few Royals-related news items I thought I would touch base on in this edition of the “Jottings.” For those looking for an in-depth piece on an opposing pitcher in the AL Central, one can take a look at my latest Going Deep post on Pitcher List, as I analyze Detroit Tigers pitcher… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: O’Hearn DFA’d; Greinke Return Looking Questionable; Royals Beat Down Another

Free Agent Pitching Will Be Expensive, And That Puts Pressure on the New Royals Pitching Coach

The Royals finally made some news this hot stove season after being pretty quiet following the hiring of new manager Matt Quatraro. Today, the Royals announced not only a new pitching coach but their infield coach as well. Alguacil comes from the Nationals organization, but was in the Giants organization for a long time prior… Read More Free Agent Pitching Will Be Expensive, And That Puts Pressure on the New Royals Pitching Coach

The AL Central in Review: Where Does Everyone Stand Currently (And How Do the Royals Compare)?

Safe to say, it was a season to forget for the Kansas City Royals. While the Royals went 74-88 in 2021, there was some hope that the Royals would see some improvement and challenge .500 in 2022. The return of Zack Greinke, and the anticipated debuts of Bobby Witt, Jr., MJ Melendez, Nick Pratto, and… Read More The AL Central in Review: Where Does Everyone Stand Currently (And How Do the Royals Compare)?

A Last-Place Finish Probably Spells the End for Matheny and this Royals Coaching Staff

The Royals lost 10-3 to the Detroit Tigers, which not only completed the sweep for the Tigers but also put the Royals back in the cellar in the AL Central. It doesn’t help that the Royals have six games against the Cleveland Guardians in Cleveland to close the year, which probably seals Kansas City’s fate… Read More A Last-Place Finish Probably Spells the End for Matheny and this Royals Coaching Staff

Greinke Finishes Strong In What Could Be His Final Start for Royals…So How Will He Be Remembered?

The Royals blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the 8th and lost in extra innings 4-3 to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday evening at Comerica Park. Royals starter Zack Greinke did all he could to give the Royals the win, as he pitched maybe his most sterling outing of the year with zero… Read More Greinke Finishes Strong In What Could Be His Final Start for Royals…So How Will He Be Remembered?

After a Series Win Over the Rays, the Royals Are Back in Fourth in the Central…But Will It Last?

After a solid outing from starting pitcher Kris Bubic, and another solid team performance at the plate that resulted in 14 hits, the Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 to clinch the first series win of the second half. The series win over the Rays was also a long-time coming, as Kansas City has… Read More After a Series Win Over the Rays, the Royals Are Back in Fourth in the Central…But Will It Last?

Whit Merrifield’s Tenure with the Royals Isn’t Going to End Nicely

The Royals were able to close out the series against the Detroit Tigers with a 5-2 win on Wednesday afternoon, which brings their overall record to 35-53 for the season. Initially, I was going to focus on writing about the big series and the experience at Kauffman Stadium as a season ticket member this year… Read More Whit Merrifield’s Tenure with the Royals Isn’t Going to End Nicely

“Royals 3 Stars”: The Bullpen Shines During Homestand Against Tigers and Twins

The Royals dropped a tough one today, as their offense was incredibly punchless against Joe Ryan and the Minnesota Twins bullpen in a 1-0 loss. The Royals finish the homestand against the Tigers and Twins 3-3, with the finale against the Tigers delayed due to Weather. While today was a disappointing end to the series… Read More “Royals 3 Stars”: The Bullpen Shines During Homestand Against Tigers and Twins