Without a doubt, designated hitter Jorge Soler and third baseman Maikel Franco have been two of the Royals’ most dynamic hitters during the first 22 games of the shortened Major League season. After Sunday’s loss, both Soler and Franco are tied for the team lead in home runs with five (along with utility player Whit… Read More Soler and Franco are producing intriguing, but slightly frustrating, seasons (and in different ways)
It’s a great day to be a Kansas City Royal fan right now, even if it is an off day. Currently, the Royals sit 7-10 after having won four straight games, which also included a sweep of the first-place and defending AL Central champion Minnesota Twins. In Sunday’s win over the Twins, not only was… Read More Doz is back…and that could have an effect on Starling and Gordo going forward
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
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
It is expected to be another rebuilding year for the Kansas City Royals, and that has been the story of the Royals since roughly the middle of 2018. Yes, one could say that the rebuilding process took root at the start of 2018, but it did not feel real until Mike Moustakas was traded and… Read More Will the 60-game slate benefit or hinder the Royals’ outlook? (Royals Preview)
After months of waiting…baseball fans finally got the news they have been waiting for… Yep. You read that right, Royals fans. Baseball is back. Granted, who knows what will happen as the season begins in the midst of a possible COVID “second outbreak”, which hasn’t been helped by recent spikes in many states across the… Read More Four questions Royals fans should be asking as play resumes in 2020
Oftentimes, when it comes to talking about “analytical” baseball teams, the Royals are often not mentioned. The Tampa Bay Rays, the Oakland Athletics, and the Houston Astros have a reputation in baseball for being organizations that rely heavy on advanced data, and let it drive everything they do as an organization. Even across the state… Read More Franco and Matheny show that there is a new analytical focus in Kansas City
While the Royals went 0-2 during the Opening Weekend of Spring Training (with losses to the Rangers and fellow division rival, the Cleveland Indians), there were some bright spots to be had from the Royals’ first two Cactus League games of the Spring. First, Brady Singer, who made his long-anticipated debut, looked stellar in his… Read More Are Royals fans sleeping on Kelvin Gutierrez this Spring?
Nicknames are great in baseball. When nicknames become fan-wide trends, it is even better. Last year, “Soler Power” took Royals nation by storm, as Soler’s breakout season helped Royals fans deal with a second-straight 100-loss season. Two years ago, “Two Hit” Whit began to take hold, as his nickname became firmly entrenched in Kansas City… Read More Five Royals nicknames that could be trends in 2020
For Saber-heads like myself, Baseball Savant’s new metric for analyzing infield defense (infield outs above average) is fascinating, especially when applied to Royals players who took the infield last season. Defense traditionally has always been a difficult part of the game to analyze concretely: what numbers and/or metrics truly rate an infielder or outfielder’s defense… Read More Analyzing the 2019 Royals Infield OAA metrics…And what does it mean for 2020?