Despite second half struggles, Royals fans should be hopeful about Jake Brentz in 2022

While the Royals starting pitching staff went through their fair share of ups and downs during the 2021 season (they ranked 24th in team ERA and 27th in WHIP), the bullpen was at least a little better, even if it did see some regression from the 2020 season. After ranking 8th in bullpen ERA during… Read More Despite second half struggles, Royals fans should be hopeful about Jake Brentz in 2022

Danny Duffy returning to Kansas City sounds fun, but should be avoided by the Royals

On Wednesday, the Royals announced the player they received in the Danny Duffy July Deadline deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers: It is another reliever that the Royals added to the upper levels of their system, which should give the Royals some depth in the bullpen in 2022 and perhaps 2023 (the Royals also added… Read More Danny Duffy returning to Kansas City sounds fun, but should be avoided by the Royals

What should the Royals do with Mike Minor next season? (It’s tougher than Royals fans think)

When the Royals signed Mike Minor last season, I thought it was a decent move, especially if the Royals were intent on trying to compete in the AL Central division in 2021 and 2022. Signed on a two-year deal worth $18 million (which included a club option for a third year worth $13 million), Minor… Read More What should the Royals do with Mike Minor next season? (It’s tougher than Royals fans think)

Nick Pratto’s outlook could make waves in the Royals organization (“Royalty Awards” Most Key Player for 2022)

In this final part of the “Royalty Awards”, I take a look at which three players could have the most impact for the Royals in the 2022 season. While the Royals’ upcoming season won’t be “made” or “broken” by just one or two players, it is safe to say that the Royals will need some… Read More Nick Pratto’s outlook could make waves in the Royals organization (“Royalty Awards” Most Key Player for 2022)

Future Royals Ace…Carlos Hernandez? (“Royalty Awards” Most Unexpected Story)

In part one of the “Royalty Awards”, I took a look at the Royals’ “Most Important” player, which unsurprisingly went to Salvador Perez (with Nicky Lopez finishing second, and Scott Barlow finishing third). In part two, I take a look at the “Most Unexpected” story from the 2021 season, which includes positive unexpected developments, as… Read More Future Royals Ace…Carlos Hernandez? (“Royalty Awards” Most Unexpected Story)

Forget WAR; Salvy Saved the Royals this Year (“Royalty Awards” Most Important Player)

The Royals season is officially over, as they finished 74-88, slightly above most preseason projections. As another playoff season continues without the Kansas City Royals, I decided that it would be good to wrap up the 2021 Royals campaign with a five-part series of posts where I give out certain “awards” from this past season.… Read More Forget WAR; Salvy Saved the Royals this Year (“Royalty Awards” Most Important Player)

Mondesi at third base makes sense for the Royals in 2022…if they supplement their roster correctly

One of the positive stories for the Royals this September has been seeing Adalberto Mondesi play for an extended period of time without injury. After only playing 10 games in the first half of the season due to various ailments and stints on the Injured List, Mondesi has played in 20 games this September and… Read More Mondesi at third base makes sense for the Royals in 2022…if they supplement their roster correctly

Ranking the Royals starting pitchers in preparation for 2022

Right now, Kris Bubic is absolutely dealing at Comerica Park against the Tigers, as he has allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out four in five innings. Honestly, Bubic’s stellar day (thus far) at Comerica has been a much-needed distraction for Kansas City sports fans, as the Chiefs are really blowing it… Read More Ranking the Royals starting pitchers in preparation for 2022