The 2020 “Royalty Awards”: Who was the Royals’ best relief pitcher?

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?

Three stories to follow in the Royals’ final home stand of 2020

The Royals are two games into their final seven-game home stand of the COVID-shortened 2020 season, as they have split the first two games of a three-game series with the rival St. Louis Cardinals. In addition to having one more game against the Cardinals on Wednesday, the Royals will finish the year with a four-game… Read More Three stories to follow in the Royals’ final home stand of 2020

Three Royals stories to pay attention to down the stretch (even if it may be rough)

While it was nice to see the Royals pull of a win on the road, it has been a rough stretch for the Kansas City Royals. The team is still in last place in the American League Central at 15-28, and their -51 run differential is the third-worst mark in the American League in general… Read More Three Royals stories to pay attention to down the stretch (even if it may be rough)

Three Royals takeaways from Monday’s Trade Deadline

The 2020 Trade Deadline of this weird, COVID-shortened MLB season has finally passed much to the chagrin of Baseball Twitter junkies across the nation. For the Royals, despite trading Brett Phillips to the Rays and Trevor Rosenthal to the Padres earlier last week and over the weekend, respectively, general manager Dayton Moore stayed relatively quiet… Read More Three Royals takeaways from Monday’s Trade Deadline

What should the Royals do with Ian Kennedy for the remainder of 2020?

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?

At this point, the Royals need to “fully embrace” the rebuild (but will they?)

The Royals are currently 3-9 after getting swept in consecutive series against the White Sox and Cubs (Kansas City is not faring well against Chicago teams this year, as they are 0-5 against both teams so far). They have the second-worst record in all of baseball, as they are half-a-game up on the 2-9 Pittsburgh… Read More At this point, the Royals need to “fully embrace” the rebuild (but will they?)

Matheny has decisions to make on Royals bullpen after Indians series

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

Can TMZ (Tillo-Morel-Zuber) be the next HDH in Kansas City?

For Royals fans, the memories of HDH (Kelvin Herrera-Wade Davis-Greg Holland) still resonate nearly a half-decade later. The trio’s string of dominance in 2014 and 2015 helped the Royals bullpen be one of the best in baseball, as they ranked first in reliever WAR from 2014-2015, according to Fangraphs. And thus, it’s not a surprise… Read More Can TMZ (Tillo-Morel-Zuber) be the next HDH in Kansas City?

Rosenthal and Holland likely to be Royals on Opening Day, but will they last in 2020?

Dayton Moore and the Royals had a tame off-season, as the signing of third baseman Maikel Franco and re-signing of Alex Gordon to a one-year extension were the major moves that made the most noise this Winter. However, two interesting minor-league moves Moore made this off-season centered on potentially improving the bullpen, as the Royals… Read More Rosenthal and Holland likely to be Royals on Opening Day, but will they last in 2020?