Inside the Numbers: Royals All-Star candidates

The Royals are in the midst of one of their best stretches of the season, sadly at just 5-4 in their last nine. However, at 27-52, they have the second-worst record in baseball, including the worst road record (11-27), are off to one of their worst 79-game starts in franchise history (third worst), and have won just four series in 2019. Such a season would lead one to think that the team may not have a legit All-Star candidate, like in year's past. Not this year. The Royals have some position players deserving for the All-Star Game – as they have MLB leaders in hits, triples and stolen bases – but due to their poor overall season, they’ll likely get just one in. Let’s dive in. Major League Baseball tweaked the selection process this year. The ballot includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star Game starters: the Primary and the Starters Election. The previous voting process had the top vote-getter at each position during a single voting period advance to the All-Star [Read more...]

2019 Chiefs post-Clark trade 7-Round Mock Draft

It's Draft Day The lead up to the draft is always more exciting than the actual draft. This is especially true for Chiefs fans, who pulled off the first major draft splash by acquiring defensive end Frank Clark from Seattle in exchange for their first round pick, number 29 overall on Tuesday. Additionally, the Chiefs swapped third round picks with the Seahawks, moving up eight spots to No. 84 overall. Seattle gets the 92nd overall pick and the lower of the Chiefs 2020 second rounders (the one acquired in the Dee Ford trade or their regular one). Clark gets a 5-year deal, worth $105 million ($63.5M guaranteed...$800,000 in 2019, $25M in 2020). It will be a boring night for Chiefs fans and their watch party at Arrowhead, unless they trade back into the first round – which they have the picks to do, but it marks the fifth significant added defensive piece for the Chiefs, who ranked No. 31 defensively in 2018. Joining Clark, who has 33 sacks in three seasons (35 starts), is safety [Read more...]

Chiefs exorcise playoff demons, will host New England in Arrowhead’s FIRST AFC Championship Game

Any Chiefs fan with a pulse knows the Chiefs postseason history…history of losing. It wasn’t always that way at first. In the year prior to coming to Kansas City, the then-Dallas Texans won the AFL Championship in 1962. Four seasons later, they were in the first Super Bowl, losing to Green Bay. They returned in the 1969 season, winning the Super Bowl three seasons later. That’s two Super Bowl’s – one win, and an AFL Championship in the franchise’s first 10 years. Since? Before Saturday, it had been dreadful. Dating back to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Chiefs were 4-16 in the postseason in 16 playoff appearances. In that span, two of the wins came in 1993, when they went to the AFC title game. The other two wins came in the Wild Card rounds (Raiders in 1991, at Texans in 2015). Making matters worse, is their four losses after a first-round bye – two as a No. 1 seed. The last time the Chiefs won a home playoff game was 25 years ago + one day ago from this one, when Joe Montana led [Read more...]

The growing legend known as Patrick Mahomes

I haven’t written a published article since August. Patrick Mahomes brought me out of my hibernation. That’s how special he is. The No. 1 defense in the NFL in points, yards and first downs allowed and yards per play and yards per pass attempt – the Baltimore Ravens, had two chances on fourth down in the fourth quarter to end the game at Arrowhead on Sunday, but both times Patrick Mahomes – the best quarterback…and maybe the best player in the NFL, and the Chiefs converted – the second a TD pass to seldom-used Damien Williams, who also had a 1-yard TD plunge in the first quarter, on 4th and 3 from the 5-yard line. The first – a 4th and 9 from the Chiefs own 46, was a superhuman throw (and his fourth down TD): It ranks up there with his left-handed throw in Denver, which led to his first game-winning drive of the season…one where he overcame a second down and 30: ...and his scramble-around TD pass against the Niners: By the way, Mahomes practices these throws. WHO DOES [Read more...]

Chiefs 53-man roster projection

With one preseason game left to play in two days, we think we have seen enough to predict the Chiefs 53-man roster. Quarterback (3): Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton Mahomes and Henne are locks, of course, but Litton, the undrafted free agent from Marshall, and Matt McGloin - the current third teamer, are in a battle for the third QB. McGloin does have NFL experience, but we like Litton here due to his higher upside. Running back (4): Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Damien Williams, Darrel Williams The crowded running back corps became less crowded when the Chiefs parted ways with Charcandrick West last week, but there's still some questions. Will the Chiefs keep three backs, or four? Ware made his preseason debut on Saturday, playing with both the 1's and 2's, so the possibility of Ware starting on the injured list has dwindled. In addition to Damien and Darrel Williams, there's also Kerwynn Williams, who excelled down the stretch last season in Arizona as the third down back. [Read more...]

Remembering MOOOOOOOOSE: Our favorite Mike Moustakas moments

As everyone knows by now, Mike Moustakas was traded late Friday night in front of the approaching trade deadline, and the consensus seems to be the Royals got a very good return in Top 100 prospect OF Brett Phillips and former Top 100 prospect in RHP Jorge Lopez. Phillips, who arrived after Game 2 of Saturday's double header had started without his bats that the airline lost, made his debut Sunday and welcomed himself to Royals fans with this play: Phillips, who has been a Top 100 prospect since 2016, where he was ranked as high as No. 32 by MLB's rankings (and N0. 81 entering this season), was blocked in the Brewers system by their luxury of goods in the outfield and was expendable. Hitting only .182/.250/.273 in a limited stint with the Brewers this year (24 plate appearances in 15 games) and .240/.331/.411 with 6 HR, 25 RBI and 11 SB in AAA Colorado Springs, he did hit .276/.351/.448 with 4 HR, 12 RBI and 5 SB in 37 games in a late-season call-up last year. Known for his speed, [Read more...]

The ‘Worst’ Royals All-Star selections

Major League Baseball has the most competitive and, in my opinion, by far has the best All-Star Game. Sure, there are things that could make it better. One aspect that some dislike about the current All-Star game set-up is that every team has to be represented in the Midsummer Classic. However, most years even the worst of teams have a worthy enough player. This year, the Royals had two – wHIT Merrifield, who ended the first half with hits in 15 of his last 16 games, which included a 13-game hitting streak. In 91 games this season, he is hitting slashing .307/.378/.434. His 30 doubles rank third him in the AL, and best among all second baseman. He has 5 HR, well off his career-high pace of last year (19), 30 RBI, 42 runs and 17 stolen bases, which ranks fourth in the AL, this season. His 2.8 WAR easily leads the team. Mike Moustakas would have also been a better choice. He has been OK at the plate, slashing .249/.306/.466, thanks to an 0-14 to end the first half, but with 18 HR, 58 [Read more...]

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...]

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

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...]

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

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...]