Kelvin Herrera, #ForeverRoyal

Minutes before Monday night’s series opener with the Rangers, the Royals announced the trade of closer Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals for three minor leaguers: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez, OF Blake Perkins and right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel. “It’s been an amazing journey with Kelvin, but we felt it was best case for everybody,” GM Dayton Moore said. “He’s one of the best relievers in the game and this is the deal we felt made the most sense. He’s family. We love him. And we want him to do really well…Without him, there’s no way we can ever make it to a World Series, win a World Series.” Herrera, who had not allowed a walk all season until his last appearance – a blown save against the Reds a week ago, will help bloster a Nats bullpen that also features Sean Doolittle (2-2, 1.71 ERA, 0.568 WHIP, 12.2 K/9, 19/20 saves). Herrera, who will be a free agent after this season, was one of the few bright spots for the Royals (22-51), recording a 1.05 ERA with 14 saves (16 chances), 22 [Read more...]

Royals Top 50 Moments: No. 30-21

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The Royals are celebrating their 50th season.  We’re going to celebrate with a Top 50 list of the greatest moments in franchise history. No. 50-41 No. 40-31 We're more than a third of the way into the 2018 season and its quite clear that the Royals, on pace for a 55-win season, will not have much else to celebrate this season besides their 50th Anniversary. 30.  Lou Piniella wins 1969 Rookie of the Year On Tuesday, April 8, 1969, the Royals would beat the Minnesota Twins, who would go on to win the American League Western Division title, 4-3 in twelve innings.  The first batter of the game, a rookie by the name of Lou Piniella, whom the Royals had acquired via a trade with the Seattle Pilots just a week prior, led off with a double off Twins pitcher, Tom Hall.  The next batter, Jerry Adair, would single to left field, scoring Piniella and giving the Royals a 1-0 lead. Piniella was responsible for the Kansas City Royals’ first AB, first hit, first run and led the Royals to their [Read more...]

Meet the rookies + a way too early 53-man roster projection

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With the 2018 Draft concluded, there have been plenty of hot takes regarding picks, draft day trades, and moves not made. The Chiefs draft has been analyzed extremely heavily, and grades from analysts has ranged from B’s to low C’s and D’s. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but is it possible that we’re being too hard on the Chiefs? It wouldn’t seem like it listening to most analysts,  but there’s a reason the team has won the division in consecutive years, despite their some of their best players (Eric Berry, Justin Houston) missing significant time. They've also drafted FOUR Pro Bowl rookies (Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt), so maybe they're doing something right, despite their so-so draft grades. In his first run in free agency, it was clear what GM Brett Veach had in mind for the Chiefs. He wanted youth and speed, and didn’t hesitate to rid the team of bloated contracts of aging veterans. The addition of Sammy Watkins struck a surprisingly [Read more...]

How Bad is the Royals Offense?

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A lot has been said about the much-maligned Royals bullpen, but the offense has been really bad, too. Add the two together, and it's no wonder the team is 7-21 and just endured their worst April (7-19) in franchise history, and matched their worst start in franchise history (5-20). Just how bad has the offense been? While Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler continue to have excellent years, that is about where this feel good story ends. Whit Merrifield and Abraham Almonte are holding their own and deserve a pass from criticism as well, but the rest….well…   LOOK AT THAT! The Royals are actually STACKED with offensive leaders right!!???? Wrong. When sorting by "OFF" according to Fangraphs, the Royals managed to place 3 players inside the top 21 worse offensive players in all of baseball. Alcides Escobar also manages to clock in at No. 37 on today's countdown as well. Want it to look worse? How about if we just do the American League only…. SWEET HEAVEN…..MY EYES! MAKE IT STOP! [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0

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It’s NFL Draft week! And, we’re less than 12 hours away from the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. For the Chiefs, however, they’ll likely have to wait until Day 2, as they do not have a first round pick this year – the price paid for Patrick Mahomes. Round 2, pick 22 (54th Overall): EDGE rusher Lorenzo Carter (Georgia) Measureables: Height - 6-5 Weight – 250 Hands - 10 3/8 Arms – 34 40 YD - 4.5 Vertical - 36 Broad - 10.1 The Chiefs lacked pass pressure last year. Dee Ford was injured, the aging Tamba Hali did play much and Justin Houston can only do so much. Carter brings a fire desperately needed opposite Houston. With the addition of Carter, the return of Ford and hopeful growth of last year’s second rounder Tanoh Kpassagnon, the Chiefs pass rush could be much improved in 2018. Carter is very good at finding and getting to the ball, contains the edge and has a good first step. He needs to put on little extra muscle and needs patience to help fight off [Read more...]

From the B-BOAT to this…What the hell happened to the Royals bullpen?

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It was not long ago that the Royals had the best bullpen in baseball, spearheaded by their backend, which was historic, in fact – the B-BOAT. Fast forward three seasons to this one, and the Royals, just three seasons removed from a World Series and one from the End of an Era, are 4-14. The bullpen is the worst in baseball…AND ITS NOT CLOSE. What a long fall it’s been. The bullpen results are not surprising when you see who the dudes are in the pen. But, the construction of the pen is a bit of a surprise when you consider what GM Dayton Moore has been able to do with the bullpen in his tenure. He demonstrated in his early years in Kansas City that he was able to build a bullpen – even on the bad teams. And, he was able to do it finding cheap guys off the scrapheap. The Royals revolutionizing how bullpens were built and used is well known. The league is now mimicking (or trying to) what the Royals did during their Golden Age. The build up started way back in 2012, when they posted the [Read more...]

Royals Top 50 Moments: No. 40-31

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The Royals are celebrating their 50th season.  We’re going to celebrate with a Top 50 list of the greatest moments in franchise history. Previous: No. 50-41 When you bring up the Kansas City Royals to a baseball fan outside of Kansas City the first (probably, only) player they think of is George Brett. Not uncommon for fans to think of Brett.  He is the only Royals player to get to 3,000 career hits and he holds almost every career record in hitting in franchise history.  George is also the only true Royals player (not counting Orlando Cepeda, Harmon Killebrew, or Gaylord Perry) to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1993, Brett was at the end of his illustrious career.  Injuries and age had finally caught up to the 13-time all-star.  Brett announced that the 1993 season would be his last. After an emotional final home-game against the Cleveland Indians (a game where Brett drove in the tying run in the eighth) the Royals traveled to Arlington to take on the Texas [Read more...]

Royals Top 50 Moments: No. 50-41

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The Royals are celebrating their 50th season.  We're going to celebrate with a Top 50 list of the greatest moments in franchise history. 50.  Eric Hosmer hits game-winning home run in Game 2 of the 2014 American League Division Series The Royals were in extra innings for the third straight game to start the 2014 postseason.  After having won the previous two, the Royals were trying to take control of the ALDS by winning the first two games in Los Angeles against the heavily-favored Angels.  A win would mean the Royals would have two shots to win one game at home and finish the series.  A loss would mean they’d have to win both games and a return trip to Los Angeles would be likely. After a stellar performance from Yordano Ventura and the Royals bullpen, Hosmer stepped to the plate with the game tied at one and Lorenzo Cain on first with one out facing Kevin Jepsen. Hosmer jumped on the first pitch, a 95-mph fastball, and hit it over the wall in right to give the Royals a 3-1 [Read more...]

Who “wins” the Royals final roster spot(s)?

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The Royals made three more roster moves yesterday in efforts to trim down their roster to 25, and will likely make a few more in the next 24 hours after they conclude their Cactus League schedule today and head north to face Omaha on Monday Night (glad they're bringing this game back)! The Royals, despite releasing OF Michael Sanders (who declined a request to go to Omaha) and P Ricky Nolasco before their Spring Training 4-4 tie yesterday, and sending down RP Kevin McCarthy after, by our count, still have 35 players in camp. We’re now just days away from Opening Day. Who wins the final roster spot battles? There’s 12 position players that are virtually locks – catchers Salvador Perez and Drew Butera, Lucas Duda, wHIT Merrifield, Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar as well as Cheslor Cuthbert and Ryan Goins and outfielders Alex Gordon, Jon Jay and Jorge Soler in addition to Paulo Orlando. Goins is a non-roster invite, so he will have to be added to the 40-man roster. He beat out Ramon [Read more...]

Chiefs busy as 2018 season opens for business

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Wednesday marked the first official day of business for the upcoming 2018 NFL season and the Chiefs made several already announced moves official, plus made a couple more. Prior to his first free agency as Chiefs GM, Brett Veach quickly recognized the team’s to do list: get younger and rid themselves of bad contracts. They traded Alex Smith while releasing Derrick Johnson, fellow Chief great Tamba Hali and safety Ron Parker and also traded Marcus Peters signaling a culture change and a desire to get younger and faster. With a young offense with limitless potential (if Patrick Mahomes is as good as everyone says), an aging defense that ranked towards the bottom of the league in every major category would do no good. They also addressed one of their biggest needs in 25 year-old LB Anthony Hitchens to replace Derrick Johnson. At $45 million for the next five years, it would seem extensive, but a closer look at the contract shows it’s really a two-year deal (both ‘18 and ‘19 salaries are [Read more...]