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AL Central Depth: Advantage Royals

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:01:35 +0000

On Friday something I wrote went up at Fangraphs talking about the depth of American League teams.  The Royals rank pretty well from my methodology, though they are more middle of the pack by the way Jeff Sullivan did his quick look at the same topic.  If you are talking about the Royals having advantages […]

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Blue October Fades to Black

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:12:28 +0000

Our Blue October has come to an end, and we knew it was coming.  The last day was defined the night before with a barrage of strange hits in the second inning resulting in a 3-3 World Series and one final, deciding game.  Now we sit in the aftermath with that strange melancholy that sports […]

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Theoretical Love for Ned Yost

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:47:46 +0000

Ned Yost is not the best tactical manager in the history of baseball, or of this era, or of really any sizable subset of major league managers, but that does not necessarily mean he is a bad major league manager.  What if Ned is the proverbial ice burg and the 10% we do see isn’t […]

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The Window Won’t Close After 2014

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:00:18 +0000

Sorry, the lack of position battles is making this spring training pretty slow, so when I saw this I started thinking way too far ahead and I think it is worth contemplating with 2 1/2 weeks to kill until opening day.  I promise that this isn’t all about the distant future, and in some ways […]

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Home Runs At The K

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:10:38 +0000

A lot has been made of Kauffman Stadium and its home run sapping abilities.  The biggest deal was last year’s hitting coach, Jack Maloof, being fired after blaming problems hitting homers on the home field, and Eric Hosmer talked about it with Soren Petro on the radio Wednesday.  Why don’t we look at just how […]

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How Good Can The Offense Be?

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:00:16 +0000

This offense, barring catastrophic injury, should be better than last year’s by quite a bit.  I just want to take a look at if things go mostly well what we can expect for runs scored.  The answer is pretty good, possibly even in the top 10 of the major leagues. Methodology: Skip this if you […]

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Royals Defense And Pitcher Outcomes

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:12:31 +0000

The Royals defense last year was really, really good.  If you buy advanced defensive metrics they were historically good in 2013 posting the best team UZR/150 of any team ever per Fangraphs.  It is even possible that this team will be better defensively than last year with solid defenders at second base and right field […]

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Is Alex Gordon Elite?

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:00:07 +0000

The rise of advanced statistics has changed a lot of perceptions about how good specific players are or were.  It has led to a contingent of people saying a triple crown winner should not win the MVP award.  And it also has lead to a lot of love for a guy like Ben Zobrist who […]

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2014 Royals’ Playoff Odds

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000

A lot has been made so far about projection systems hating the Royals, read here, or listen here if you want to here more about them.  If any of the sub-500 finish projections are correct, it implies that the chances of October baseball in Kansas City this year are quite low.  Not everyone is down […]

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How Do The Royals Stack Up? (Part 4)

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:00:48 +0000

We have now covered Detroit in parts 1 & 2 along with Cleveland’s lineup in part 3.  Now it is time for the pitching comparison of the Royals and Indians: Royals Indians #1 James Shields Justin Masterson #2 Jason Vargas Corey Kluber #3 Jeremy Guthrie Zach McAllister #4 Bruce Chen Danny Salazar #5 Danny Duffy Carlos […]

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How Do The Royals Stack Up? (Part 3)

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:00:05 +0000

In parts 1 & 2 I looked at the Tigers.  Now I am moving to the other AL central contender, the Cleveland Indians. Catcher – Advantage Royals Yan Gomes had a better than expected bat last year, so good in fact that the Indians might move Carlos Santana to third base because Gomes is also […]

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How Do The Royals Stack Up? (Part 2)

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:00:11 +0000

In the first installment I looked at the Kansas City hitters versus Detroit’s.  Now we move on to the pitching.  Let’s look at the starting five for each team: Royals Tigers #1 James Shields Justin Verlander #2 Jason Vargas Max Scherzer #3 Jeremy Guthrie Anibal Sanchez #4 Danny Duffy Drew Smyly #5 Bruce Chen Rick […]

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Eric Hosmer And Freddie Freeman’s Extension

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:00:04 +0000

Eric Hosmer and Freddie Freeman are extremely similar.  Born six weeks apart in 1989, Eric is listed at 6’4″ and 220 lbs while Freddie is 6’5″ and 225 to throw us off the trail.  Both play first base, and one of them just signed a big contract.  It looks like Freeman is going to get […]

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How Do The Royals Stack Up?

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:00:03 +0000

With the release of Emilio Bonifacio I feel that the penny pinching has begun.  There are only two things I can see as making sense.  One is the lovely Mr. Glass made Dayton offset Bruce Chen’s contract with a similar savings which was Bonifacio since he did not have a guaranteed contract.  The only other […]

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Ubaldo Vs. Ervin

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:51 +0000

Since Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana are the two big names left in the free agent pitching market (unless AJ Burnett would consider a one year deal in KC), I just wanted to look at them in comparison to make sure Ervin really is the guy the Royals should target.  My position of what I […]

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Ervin Santana Could Change Everything

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:25 +0000

Now that a lot of discussion of the Matt Garza deal has given us optimism about Ervin Santana being back in Royal blue, as well as a lot of interest in Santana, it is time to talk about all of the benefits a pitcher of his caliber would mean to this particular team. It is […]

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Eric Hosmer: 2014 Expectations

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:00:52 +0000

As I have watched the projections roll out, my first person to check has repeatedly been Eric Hosmer.  He is, in my opinion, the single Royal in the lineup that could explode into the upper echelon of hitters in the coming year.  None of the projections are expecting this, generally projections are conservative, but they […]

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Royals Fans, I have a dream

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:00:27 +0000

Terrence Mann (James Earl Jones) in “Field of Dreams”  “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, […]

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Should the Royals Acquire Alex Rodriguez?

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:00:16 +0000

Alex Rodriguez is not only suing Major League Baseball, but also the Major League Baseball Players Association.  Yes, he is taking his own union to federal court in order to overturn his 162 game suspension.  He feels his union turned it’s back on him.  A-Rod also has every intention of reporting to Spring Training, even […]

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The Series Ends, the Season Changes

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 03:48:10 +0000

The first World Series I really remember seeing part of was the 1985 World Series, but I was just five years old and didn’t even know baseball yet. It wasn’t until a few years later – 1989 – that I became fixated on every little thing about baseball. Baseball cards, throwing a ball against the […]

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Worth It

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:52:06 +0000

I advocated to trade Ervin Santana, and said the season was over before the All-Star break.  The Royals still aren’t likely to make the playoffs since they need to jump over 3 more teams.  Dayton may have finally got a dose of luck, but he definitely had the stones to stay the course even when […]

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Finally Glad To Have Hochevar

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:47:24 +0000

Luke Hochevar has been awesome this year.  You can throw some qualifiers in there about being a middle reliever and mostly low leverage innings, but after last night where he may have won the game by ending an 8th inning rally I feel like he deserves some love.  This is the first time in at […]

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Does .500 Mean Anything

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 19:50:10 +0000

There seems to be a feeling from Dayton Moore that getting to .500 first, and then build from there.  Hopefully he only says things like this because he is trying to create some positive spin when the playoffs are not likely.  After the long winning streak post All-Star break he stopped saying such things, but […]

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Maestro

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:35:14 +0000

Bruce Chen has been really, really good this year.  Actually, that might be under-selling it.  A 1.62 ERA and a 253 ERA+ are numbers beyond great.  No player who has made more than one start in 2013 has a better ERA+ than Bruce Chen.  Some relievers, due to small sample sizes, manage other worldly numbers […]

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A New Offensive Level

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:41:52 +0000

The early season discussion surrounding this team was the terrible offense.  This lead to a lot of interest in George Brett showing up with Pedro Grifol, and then Brett stepping down.  It seems like these moves worked, but I wanted to see if there was any way to show it well.  What I am seeing […]

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A Biogenesis Bump?

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:43:18 +0000

For years the specter of PEDs has hung out around baseball to the point that I mostly just root for the stories to go away when  they show up.  The Biogenesis scandal is rather different than anything we have seen before though, and will have an effect on the season’s  outcome for this year and […]

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Fool’s Gold

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:17:11 +0000

The 8-2 stretch that the Royals are on since the All-Star break has been a lot of fun, but there are a couple of problems that stand out in it.  The most obvious is that despite their victories, they have only picked up one game on the Tigers.  They are only 5 out in the […]

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2013 MLB Trade Deadline: Decision Time Looming For the Royals

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:06:07 +0000

The Royals ended the weekend at .500 following a six game winning streak. That leaves them seven games behind the Tigers for the AL Central lead and five games behind the Wild Card spots. After an awful May and a rough finish heading towards the All-Star Break, it’s a spot that is a surprise to […]

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Royals 20 HR Seasons Historically

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:21:27 +0000

In 1970 the Royals, in their second year as a franchise, had their first 20 HR season.  Bob Oliver put up 27 that year, and since then there have been 64 more 20 HR seasons from a Royal by 30 different players.  Will there be any such seasons this year? The Royals finally have a […]

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Clarity Comes

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:39:52 +0000

Five days ago I started to get excited about the prospect of discussing trades to bolster the Royals for the stretch run.  Five days ago I thought about sweeping the Yankees in their home stadium.  Five days ago the playoffs didn’t seem terribly far away.  Today, five losses later, I am raising the white flag. […]

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Johnny Giavotella’s Last “Chance”

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:42:42 +0000

To end June the Royals finally got rid of Jeff Francoeur and brought up Johnny Giavotella.  There was much rejoicing.  In Dick Kaegel’s article, Giavotella Gets Another Shot At Full-Time Duty, Ned Yost is quoted as saying, “I needed some offense.”  A week later the farce is over, and Gio is getting jerked around again. […]

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Multi-Homer Games, Optimism, and Fear

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:36:30 +0000

So far in 2013 there have been 134 games where a player has hit two or more home runs.  Exactly one of those belongs to a Royal.  Eric Hosmer put the team on the multi-homer board with two against Minnesota on Friday night, and it is about time. If we do some simple statistics, 134 […]

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Checking In On James Shields

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:51:30 +0000

I have been keeping an eye on James Shields due to some injury concern since the beginning of the season.  You can check out my previous posts and links to Jeff Zimmerman’s and John Kalk’s work for more explanation on why I am looking at these factors through the links.  There may still be some minimal […]

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Round 1, Pick 8: Hunter Dozier

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 01:42:45 +0000

Dayton Moore and the Royals have made their first pick of the 2013 draft and it definitely qualifies as a surprise.  They selected Hunter Dozier from Stephen F. Austin State University.  He played shortstop in college, but nearly everyone has him listed as a third base prospect.  His size and speed do not fit the […]

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Real All-Stars

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:19:37 +0000

As June begins I am starting to think about All-Stars despite the fact that I almost never watch any of the actual game.  The Royals have had some pretty terrible All-Star selections through the years due to the every team gets a player rule.  It was seriously embarrassing to send the likes of Ken Harvey and Mark […]

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Bleeding

Tue, 28 May 2013 18:52:15 +0000

The last three weeks have been rough to say the least.  Royals fans are nearing the point where we get meaningless baseball games for several months, and quite frankly it isn’t acceptable.  This team should better, but it is not, and so far the only response from the management has been everything will be fine […]

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Odorizzi is First Up

Tue, 21 May 2013 12:49:00 +0000

The first of the Royal prospects shipped to Tampa Bay in THE TRADE came up today, and it was not Wil Myers.  Jake Odorizzi made his first start against the Blue Jays, and did a respectable job of it.  He went 5 innings on 92 pitches, nothing to write home about, but after struggling through […]

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Wade Davis’ Struggles

Fri, 17 May 2013 18:11:27 +0000

Last year Wade Davis was pushed into the bullpen by Tampa Bay, and then sent to Kansas City over the summer.  His career arc is an interesting one.  In 2009 Davis came up and had six really good starts, but followed that up with two mediocre years in 2010 and 11, which when coupled with […]

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Feast or Famine: Scoring Runs

Wed, 15 May 2013 16:18:02 +0000

If you look at the Royals offense strictly on runs scored they are not doing all that badly.  At 4.36 runs per game they are 14th in baseball, and 9th in the American League.  That puts them as a pretty average offense.  I will also say that they have played a tough schedule, so when […]

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What’s Wrong With Billy Butler?

Mon, 13 May 2013 19:45:25 +0000

Billy Butler looked like he was getting pitched around early in the year, and his first month numbers looked fine.  The last two weeks have not gone so well though, and now his overall production looks a lot lower than what we have become accustomed to.  Let’s look at Billy and see if anything looks […]

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2013 Losing Streaks

Fri, 10 May 2013 14:57:29 +0000

Jeremy Guthrie played stopper last night with the help of three home runs, two of which came from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas!  I am assuming that James Shields is rather jealous.  What that means is that the Royals longest losing streak so far is 3 games, which in my opinion is the shortest possible […]

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Late Breakout

Tue, 07 May 2013 14:08:14 +0000

After his performance over the weekend, Jeremy Guthrie is looking like a different pitcher than he has been in the past.  He is 34 years old, and the idea of a career year at that age seems a little out of line with expectations, but according to what I looked at not as rare as […]

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Hot Streak

Mon, 06 May 2013 12:00:35 +0000

I’ve written about this before, but it seems even more important due the current state of  affairs. Baseball is a game of super-weird superstition. When you’re throwing a no-no, everyone avoids you in the dugout. When you can’t stop hitting the ball, you eat the same thing every day or hit the same amount of […]

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Pitching Deep, Hitting Quick

Wed, 01 May 2013 16:52:34 +0000

The new starting rotation is doing exactly what we all hoped for as Royals fans.  They are pitching well, and that leads to longer starts, less stress on the bullpen, and more wins.  One thing keeps bothering me though, and that is the other starter’s pitch count.  This was bothering me so much after the […]

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A.L. Central….Beware

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:00:36 +0000

The Royals are about to finish up the month of April and have been fairly impressive so far. They’ve won more than they’ve lost, and what’s more important, they’ve beat some pretty good teams along the way. Naturally, the worry is how the team will stack up against the rest of the A.L. Central. So […]

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So Far, So Good

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:55:55 +0000

We now have five games of James Shields as a Royal in the books.  I wanted to go over the performance so far to see if anything stood out, and review the injury risk issues that I covered after the first start.  If you don’t want all the detail my overall analysis is so far, […]

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Early Offensive Struggles

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:52:08 +0000

The overall offense numbers for the Royals thus far are eerily similar to last year’s incarnation of the team.  In the first 17 games of 2013 the Royals as a team have hit .264/.314/.388 and scored exactly 4 runs per game.  Last year they hit .265/.317/.400 with 4.17 runs per game.  This has led to […]

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Wade Davis and THE TRADE

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:46:37 +0000

I have been considering building a capital budgeting framework for valuing baseball trades, and Wade Davis’ start this week pushed me to starting.  Davis’ potential is actually intriguing to me, so I wanted to find a way to see how good he needs to be for me to be okay with giving up Wil Myers.  […]

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Eric Hosmer’s Pitch Selection

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:07:25 +0000

The beginning of the season for Eric Hosmer has not been amazing due to a lack of power, but he is doing one thing extremely well, and that is getting on base.  Due to this, I went over to Baseball Heat Maps to see how his pitch selection has changed.  If you look at the […]

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Early Team Rankings

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:56:09 +0000

The following is trying to look at the Royals’ team stats to see if there is anything unusual going on and if there is anything more we should be paying attention to.  Mostly I am just trying to figure out how much to believe in this team.  I used Fangraphs, like usual, but you can […]

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