The Royals and the rest of Major League Baseball are pretty much preoccupied with the MLB Draft, with a select few players engulfed in All-Star game festivities at Dodgers Stadium (with the Home Run Derby on Monday evening). On a Kansas City end, we have seen two rounds of Royals draft picks, which have been… Read More Predicting What the Royals Will Do in the Second Half With the ‘Restricted List’ Ten
To put it bluntly, the Royals bullpen has been disappointing in 2022. After ranking 13th in reliever fWAR and 19th in ERA a season ago, according to Fangraphs, the Kansas City bullpen has seen its rankings this season drop to 26th and 27th in those categories, respectively. While the Royals starting pitching staff and hitting… Read More Three Relievers Who Could Be Key to Turning Around the Royals Bullpen
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?
A few days ago, I took a look at PECOTA projections and analyzed how Royals hitters fared for the upcoming 2022 season. For the most part, PECOTA seemed to have a more positive outlook for Royals hitters, which is promising for a team looking to improve upon their 74-88 record from the 2021 season. In… Read More Three Good (And Two Concerning) Surprises from the 2022 Royals PECOTA Projections (Part 2: Pitchers)
On Wednesday, the Kansas City Royals announced on social media those who elected free agency, and it was not a surprising list of players: While Davis, Holland, and Santana brought back some nice Royals nostalgia in 2021, and Hahn was solid during the shortened 2020 season, it was expected that none of those relievers would… Read More Three Royals relievers who could play a bigger role in 2022
While the Royals starting pitching staff went through their fair share of ups and downs during the 2021 season (they ranked 24th in team ERA and 27th in WHIP), the bullpen was at least a little better, even if it did see some regression from the 2020 season. After ranking 8th in bullpen ERA during… Read More Despite second half struggles, Royals fans should be hopeful about Jake Brentz in 2022
The Royals have a chance to finish above .500 in a month for the first time since April as they face the Cleveland “soon-to-be” Guardians tonight on August 31st at Kauffman Stadium. Unfortunately, Royals haven’t had much luck against Cleveland this year, as they are 1-8 against them, which included a four-game sweep at Kauffman… Read More Three Things to Look Forward to in September from the Royals
There is no question that pitching depth is a strength of this Royals farm system. According to MLB Pipeline, three of their top-five prospects are pitchers (Asa Lacy, Daniel Lynch, and Jackson Kowar) and they have an additional two beyond those three in the top 10 as well (Jonathan Bowlan and Carlos Hernandez). Thus, it… Read More Three Royals pitching sleepers to pay attention to in 2021