Three Royals takeaways from Monday’s Trade Deadline

The 2020 Trade Deadline of this weird, COVID-shortened MLB season has finally passed much to the chagrin of Baseball Twitter junkies across the nation. For the Royals, despite trading Brett Phillips to the Rays and Trevor Rosenthal to the Padres earlier last week and over the weekend, respectively, general manager Dayton Moore stayed relatively quiet… Read More Three Royals takeaways from Monday’s Trade Deadline

At this point, the Royals need to “fully embrace” the rebuild (but will they?)

The Royals are currently 3-9 after getting swept in consecutive series against the White Sox and Cubs (Kansas City is not faring well against Chicago teams this year, as they are 0-5 against both teams so far). They have the second-worst record in all of baseball, as they are half-a-game up on the 2-9 Pittsburgh… Read More At this point, the Royals need to “fully embrace” the rebuild (but will they?)

Will the 60-game slate benefit or hinder the Royals’ outlook? (Royals Preview)

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)

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?