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?
While Spring Training is in its early stages, there already has been some noteworthy things going on in camp in Surprise, Arizona. With the season about to start, one of the things I want to do is do more “Royals Recaps”, which either reviews games or weekly events to kind of summarize some thoughts about… Read More Royals Recap: Zimmer gets option; Melendez and McBroom turning heads; Matheny making his mark
On February 11th, Royals pitchers and catchers finally reported to Surprise, Arizona for Spring Training. Keeping with the spirit of focusing on pitchers, I thought it would be interesting to focus on four Royals pitchers who are out of “minor league” options that would be worth watching in Spring Training this year. A player on… Read More Four ‘out-of-options’ Royals pitchers to watch in Spring Training
Without a doubt, in a relatively tame hot stove winter for the Kansas City Royals, the signing of “Dirty South” Greg Holland to a minor league contract created some buzz in Royals fan circles. While Holland is far from the back-to-back All Star closer he was in 2013 and 2014, the return of the 34-year-old… Read More Will Greg Holland impact the Royals bullpen in 2020?
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