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 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)

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?

Looking at Josh Staumont’s 2020 start…and what it could mean for the Royals in 2021

One of the more interesting reliever stories going into 2020 was Josh Staumont, a former second-round pick of the Royals in the 2015 MLB Draft who is known for his top-notch stuff, but has been plagued by wild control and command as a professional. The Royals’ top prospect according to Baseball America going into the… Read More Looking at Josh Staumont’s 2020 start…and what it could mean for the Royals in 2021

Should the Royals employ an ‘Opener’ full time? (And is Zimmer the guy to do it?)

The Royals lost 4-3 in game two of their four game series against the Tigers on Tuesday, and it was a difficult one to stomach. Whit Merrifield continued to show why he is the Royals’ most valuable player, as he went yard for a three-run home run in the third inning that made Royals fans… Read More Should the Royals employ an ‘Opener’ full time? (And is Zimmer the guy to do it?)

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

Ranking the Royals starting pitchers (and candidates) so far in 2019

In the beginning of the 2019 season, all the criticism of the Kansas City Royals seemed to hone in on the starting pitching. In fact, the “the Royals have good offense, but lousy pitching” dominated any conversation regarding Royals baseball in April and early May of 2019. And the vitriol was for good reason: during… Read More Ranking the Royals starting pitchers (and candidates) so far in 2019