Four questions Royals fans should be asking as play resumes in 2020

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

Six hitting metrics to pay attention to from Royals outfielders in 2020

First, we looked at metrics to watch out for from Royals starting pitchers in 2020. Now, we’re going to take a look at the expected Royals outfield rotation in 2020, and see what metrics Royals fans should be paying attention to from individual Royals outfielders. Outfield will be an interesting area to watch in Kansas… Read More Six hitting metrics to pay attention to from Royals outfielders in 2020

Is Nicky Lopez key to the Royals surprising in a shortened season?

The Royals made a big decision this off-season when they decided to move Whit Merrifield from second-base to center field full time in 2020. Essentially, the move showed that the Royals believe that the 25-year-old Nicky Lopez is the Royals’ second-baseman for the foreseeable future. To many Royals fans, that’s a huge deal, especially considering… Read More Is Nicky Lopez key to the Royals surprising in a shortened season?

Analyzing the 2019 Royals Infield OAA metrics…And what does it mean for 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?

What will be Whit’s future in Kansas City in 2020 (and beyond)?

No player has been more fascinating to follow this off-season than Royals utility player Whit Merrifield. With Salvador Perez missing the entire 2019 season to injury, Whit took the mantle as the face of the Royals franchise a year ago. And even though Salvy will be back in action behind the plate in 2020, it… Read More What will be Whit’s future in Kansas City in 2020 (and beyond)?

Which Royals hitters have had the biggest (and least) impact on winning in 2019?

Last night was a rough loss for the Royals, as they lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers in the last game at Kauffman Field in this series before they play the rubber game in Omaha today. The loss to the Tigers stung because it was classic 2019 Royals in a nutshell: out hit the Tigers… Read More Which Royals hitters have had the biggest (and least) impact on winning in 2019?