Give up on these Royals? Please, 2.0: Red-Hot August has Royals in the race

One month ago, the Kansas City Royals sat at 48-48, eight full games back of Cleveland, and five games back from Toronto for the second Wildcard spot. They were fading fast, and the feeling around Kansas City was that of a season from the 2000s, though the Royals were still over .500. Exactly one month later, Kansas City is 64-60, and four games over .500 for the first time since late June, and suddenly, the thought of reaching the playoffs for three straight years wasn’t such an unfathomable idea. How they got there, however, is the story. Entering August on the heels of a 7-19 month - matching the franchise's fewest wins in July in their history, there weren’t many people who believed that the Royals would turn things around. The starting pitching was a disaster, the offense was at time offensive and the bullpen had lost two prominent late-inning relievers in Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar. 18 days ago, things were the bleakest they have been in a long time. Sitting at 51-58, the [Read more...]

To sell, or not to sell, that is the Royals question

When talking about buying or selling (or standing pat), there are a lot of things to take into consideration: Current record, roster makeup, injuries to certain players, standings, holes that need to be filled, and whether or not your team has the pieces to compete down the road. With the Kansas City Royals at 48-50 and 8.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians, there has been some discussion about whether the Royals should buy, sell, or stand pat at the deadline. There are a few key players hitting the open market after the 2017 season, and with that, there aren’t many players who are considered “off limits” during the trading season, but there are a few who are more likely to be shopped than others. Jayson Stark recently reported that Dayton Moore has been “wide open to listening” about deals on closer Wade Davis, starter Edinson Volquez, and DH Kendrys Morales. Moore also said that he wants MLB-ready players, and not “kids.” With the recent blockbuster deal that sent Aroldis Chapman [Read more...]

Which Yordano Ventura will we see in 2016?

Yordano Ventura made his first start on Friday night, as the Royals came from behind to grab a 4-3 victory over the still-winless Minnesota Twins (0-4). Ventura struggled mightily in his first two innings, walking two batters and allowing two hits, but he would eventually settle down, only to run out of gas in the 6th inning, where he walked his first two batters. Ventura battled with his pitch count and command throughout the night, but really gave a solid effort in his season debut, despite walking six batters. His curve was his go-to pitch last night, and he really had it working. During the offseason, many wondered if Ventura, the 4th year pitcher, would be able to take over as the team’s ace for the 2016 season. He has spent two full seasons in the league, and has yet to show the maturity level needed to be the Royals’ number one pitcher. About to wrap-up the first week of the regular season, Ventura finds himself as the team’s third starter behind hard-throwing righty, Edinson [Read more...]

Dyson’s Injury and his Potential Replacement Options

It seems that every spring, injuries are nearly unavoidable for every club. This year, Jarrod Dyson was the first to be bitten by the injury bug. As he was running out a ground ball, Dyson appeared to have a slight limp. It was announced during the game that he’d been laced with a strained oblique, potentially sidelining him for up to four weeks and expected to miss at least two weeks. With the speedster out, this gives guys like Brett Eibner, Bubba Starling, and Travis Snider a chance to show off their skills while Dyson heals. With Opening Night coming on April 3rd, there’s absolutely no point in having Dyson play at all during Spring Training, and it might even be a good idea to start him on the 15-day DL. The Royals’ outfielder was going to get a substantially greater amount of playing time than last season, thanks to the departure of Alex Rios. In 2015, Dyson played 90 games, stole 26 bases, and hit .250/.311/.380 with two home runs. In the field, he had eight outfield assists, [Read more...]

Holland on DL? No Problem; Because, Wade Davis Experience

Earlier in the week, Kansas City announced that Alex Rios would be placed on the disabled list for 3-6 weeks with a fractured metacarpal (finger). Just hours ago, the club also announced another devastating blow to their bullpen. Greg Holland is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a pectoral strain. Two significant losses in just five days. Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson, though are a major downgrade in most aspects, are expected to fill the void that Rios has left. But with an All-Star closer going down for a time length of this magnitude, can the Royals still be that team to fear during late innings of a ballgame? Yes. Because more than any other team in baseball, the Royals can withstand a bullpen injury. Because, B-Boat...the best bullpen of all-time. Since taking over for Jonathan Broxton at the All-Star Break in 2012, Holland has been everything the Royals have hoped for, and more. In 2013, 2014, and the start of 2015, Holland has blown five saves in 102 opportunities and a 1.28 [Read more...]

NFL hires Sarah Thomas as first female official; should MLB follow suit?

Friday is now a day that will go down in sports history. On Friday April 3rd, 2015, the NFL announced that Sarah Thomas would be the first female official in the league. This would make the NFL the second of the big three American sports that have at least one female referee/official. The only other major U.S sport that doesn’t have a female official is the MLB. It’s been a long time coming for the NFL, and now that it’s happened, is it time for baseball to follow suit? For years, women have fought for equal rights and opportunities. It’s the 21st century, and for the most part, things are equal. There are, however, naysayers to the whole ordeal. Why though? If a woman can serve in the military, why shouldn’t she be able to be a referee in professional sports? Sure, women can’t be directly involved in combat, but they’re likely put into the situation some day. They make decisions that can have a huge impact on how a fight is won and lost. Newsflash: It’s not the 1930s anymore. Get [Read more...]

Are the new Pace-of-Play rules good for MLB?

It was announced today that Major League Baseball would be making a few changes to the game for this upcoming season regarding pace-of-play. Last year, Bud Selig implemented the replay rule, and one would surmise that these changes were made in effort to balance out the time lost when reviewing a manager challenge. In 2014, the averaged length of game was three hours and two minutes, which is the longest recorded time in MLB history. The three changes made will make a significant impact, but will they have the positive impact that new commissioner, Rob Manfred, was going for? The best place to start with is the rule that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter's box when at the plate. If you didn't happen to notice that this rule is written in the MLB Rule-book, Rule 6.02 (sub-section B) states, “Once a batter has taken his position in the batter’s box, he shall not be permitted to step out of the batter’s box in order to use the resin or the pine tar rag, unless there [Read more...]

Brief thoughts on the “Magical” Royals postseason up to this point

This is nothing but a collection of my thoughts about the 2014 postseason to this point. “Kansas City is hot right now. Do you think that postponing this game will be beneficial for your ball club?” A reporter asked Buck Showalter during his time with the media on Monday. “No.” His response was short and sweet, just like Kansas City wants the rest of this series to be. In the wise, wise words of Bryce Harper, “That’s a clown question, bro.” Is it really a clown question? Well, yeah. While history is not on our side for things like this: Blowing a 38-10 point lead at halftime in the AFC Wildcard game, Kansas blowing an 11-point lead with just over two minutes left, and number two seed Missouri losing to number fifteen seed Norfolk State in the first round of March Madness. All of these heartbreakers raise some eyebrows, but I wholeheartedly believe that the Kansas City Royals will win the American League pennant. I mean, let’s look at the facts: The Kansas City Royals are undefeated [Read more...]