With the first game of the Reds-Royals series postponed on Tuesday due to COVID concerns, the Royals made the announcement that they would be calling up pitcher Matt Harvey to start the second game of their slated doubleheader on Wednesday. I have talked about Harvey before on this blog, but this call up certainly comes… Read More Why the Royals called up Matt Harvey and not Daniel Lynch or Jackson Kowar
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?
The Royals are only four games into the season (and they are 2-2 after a huge 14-6 win over the Tigers on Monday). But from early results, it appears that this season is going to push field and general managers to the brink when it comes to decision-making. In typical seasons, baseball fans are used… Read More Don’t count out Franco or Phillips just yet
They say “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. And the MLB layoff due to COVID definitely made Kansas City sports fans feel more optimistic about the Royals’ chances in the AL Central during a shortened 60-game season. What if the Royals got hot out of the gate ala 2003? What if they could just go… Read More Matt Harvey highlights the Royals’ concerns going into Opening Day
I’m in the last week of grad school, and I haven’t had time to do much other than grad work, let alone post. And thus, I know I am late to the game on this Tim Hill trade that went down with the Padres last week. Overall, I like the trade for the Royals. While… Read More Three Royals roster questions in the wake of the Tim Hill trade
When it comes to MLB market size, it is widely known that the Kansas City Royals are the epitome of a small-market team. According to Nielsen Market Size, Kansas City is the 32nd largest market, in between San Antonio and Columbus, Ohio. Of the 30 Major League Baseball teams, only the Milwaukee Brewers (35th) and… Read More Is this Reds off-season a good or cautionary model for the Royals?
As Kansas City braced themselves for the Winter storm conditions, the Royals released this nugget of information that brought some levity to the cold and ice accumulating around the metro: Despite Soler opting out of his original deal with the Cubs, Soler and the Royals still avoided going into arbitration, and ended up negotiating a… Read More Why the Jorge Soler extension is a win-win for both sides
No player has been more fascinating to follow this off-season than Royals utility player Whit Merrifield. With Salvador Perez missing the entire 2019 season to injury, Whit took the mantle as the face of the Royals franchise a year ago. And even though Salvy will be back in action behind the plate in 2020, it… Read More What will be Whit’s future in Kansas City in 2020 (and beyond)?
Hot stove season is fun. Especially for amateur baseball bloggers. With little to no team access, it’s fun to theorize which free agents would be good fits for a team, and which ones would not. As fans, we want to see our club improve, especially if your club is a losing one (hence, us as… Read More Three possible free agent targets to solve the Royals’ pitching woes
On Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that former Royals and World Series stud Mike Moustakas declined his team option, which officially makes him a free agent this Winter. And not surprisingly, the Royals fanbase is at odds in terms of whether or not the Royals should make a run at 31-year-old third baseman: It makes… Read More ‘Return of the Moose’? Why a Moustakas Royals reunion may be difficult in 2020