Last season, the Royals bullpen metrically performed better than the starting rotation. That being said, saying that the Royals bullpen was better in 2021 was a bit of a dubious honor, as they ranked 19th in ERA and 16th in WHIP, in contrast to the Royals starting rotation, which ranked 24th in ERA and 27th… Read More Should the Royals Bring Back Greg Holland (albeit in a lesser role)?
There has been a lot of talk about the Royals perhaps pursuing Jon Gray in free agency, which makes sense considering the Royals need an extra “presence” in the rotation to help guide their young starters. While the Royals saw some promising signs from their talented cadre of young pitchers, there still were signs that… Read More Could Michael Lorenzen benefit from a change of scenery with the Royals?
On Wednesday, the Kansas City Royals announced on social media those who elected free agency, and it was not a surprising list of players: While Davis, Holland, and Santana brought back some nice Royals nostalgia in 2021, and Hahn was solid during the shortened 2020 season, it was expected that none of those relievers would… Read More Three Royals relievers who could play a bigger role in 2022
There’s no question that Wade Davis has a special spot in the hearts of Kansas City Royals fans. From 2014-2016, no reliever was more important to the Kansas City Royals bullpen. Over that three-year span, Davis accumulated a 6.5 fWAR, which led all Royals relievers, according to Fangraphs. While Davis will probably miss out on… Read More The benefits and drawbacks to keeping Wade Davis in the Royals bullpen
The Royals lost another heart breaker in Chicago, as the White Sox came back in the ninth inning to beat the Royals 4-3. The game was mired in controversy, as the Sox won on Jose Abreu coming home on a Wade Davis wild pitch. However, replay seemed to (allegedly) show catch Cam Gallagher tagging Abreu… Read More Three Quick Thoughts as the Royals Return Home to Kansas City
I was hoping to post later in the day after attending my first Opening Day in person at Kauffman Stadium yesterday, but as all Royals fans know, the game went four-and-a-half hours, and I was pretty spent by the time I got back home. Thus, I decided to post this today, knowing that it was… Read More Five knee-jerk reactions to the Royals’ Opening Day Win
Today marked the official end of the Spring Training campaign, and the Royals ended the season on a high note, as evidenced from the tweet below: Spring Training standings are of course, just that: Spring Training standings. While winning the Cactus League is a nice luxury to get excited about, it’s not necessarily a projection… Read More The Royals were the story of the Cactus League…now can it carry over?
Oh boy it’s been a long week. While Spring Training game have begun which is amazing as a MLB fan, this week has been an extremely busy one in regard to high school baseball starting (I coach at the high school I work at), the third quarter ending (which requires me to finalize grading), and… Read More “Cactus Royals” Preview: Relief Pitcher Rankings
The 2014 and 2015 seasons will always stick with Royals fans of all ages and backgrounds, especially those who are currently situated in Kansas City. For two seasons, baseball was simply magical, not just appointment-television, but an embedded part of daily Kansas City culture during that period of time. Sports radio would talk non-stop about… Read More Kelvin Herrera and the (partial end) of a Royals era
Monday was the first day of full-team workouts at Royals camp in Surprise, and there were tons of tidbits and content on Twitter that were tough to ignore for hardcore Royals fans such as myself. Here’s a clip compilation of some highlights from the first day of workouts: While plenty more clips from Royals camp… Read More So who is Brad Brach? (And why did the Royals sign him over other options?)