Last year, a key to the Royals improvement was the bounce back in the bullpen. After a disastrous campaign in 2018 (ranked 29th in reliever WAR) and a ho-hum one in 2019 (ranked 17th in reliever WAR), the Royals took a big step up in 2020, ranking 12th in reliever WAR and 8th in reliever… Read More Are Royals fans not talking about Scott Barlow enough?
In a mere matter of hours, the world will be transitioning from 2020 to 2021. In many ways, it feels like 2020 has been way longer than ust 365 days, but I guess that’s what happens when a society undergoes a pandemic, and experiences all kinds of social instability. Furthermore, this baseball season was a… Read More 10 Things I’ll Remember as a Royals fan from 2020
Even though the Winter Meetings have passed, general manager Dayton Moore and the Kansas City Royals have continued to be active players on the free agent market, as evidenced by their most recent move on Monday: The move to re-sign Greg Holland felt expected, especially after his strong bounce-back campaign in Kansas City in 2020,… Read More Greg Holland is back; what does that mean for the rest of the Royals bullpen?
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?
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)
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 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?)
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
The MLB Draft is about to occur on June 10th, and it seems pretty certain that the Royals will probably draft either infielder Nick Gonzales from New Mexico State, Florida prep outfielder Zac Veen, or University of Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock. There is a possibility that the Royals could swoop up Vanderbilt infielder Austin Martin,… Read More Reviewing the Royals’ 1st Round Draft Picks from 2010-2017
With Spring Training suspended, and Opening Day in question, the Royals and Dayton Moore have for the most part stood pat. However, in their first roster move since Spring Training play stopped nearly a week ago, the Royals made this announcement: The move to option Kelvin Gutierrez is not a surprise. Gutierrez can not play… Read More Can Speier and Zimmer clean things up and contribute to the Royals bullpen?