Royals Fans: Won’t You Just Step Back From That Ledge My Friends

I know this weekend was hard to watch.  I know that a Third Eye Blind reference in my title is the last thing you wanted to see this Monday morning.  I know that even though you tried not to get too excited about this year's team, you did, and now it is hurting worse than when Juan Gonzalez pulled the long-con and stole our money.  I know it hurts to see Chris Perez tweet and mock the Royals' "Our Time" slogan, then come out Sunday and back it up with another beat down.  But before you throw your T-shirt Tuesday Mark Teahan shirt in the toilet and crown it with the steaming result of your last meal, remember this... - It's still very early.  The sample size is too small.  We won't be able to get a real clear picture of this team until we are at least 40 games in.  As things stand right now Baltimore would win the AL East and LA Angels would finish last in the West.  Not going to happen. - Our starting rotation might be bad but... it's not this:   2006 Royals Starters - Mark Redman, [Read more...]

Benches clear twice as Royals rally from 7 down to tie game, then fall 11-9 in extras

Saturday EASILY marked the most exciting Royals game of the season so far, and also marked the first bench clearing incident(s) in the league this year. The Royals (3-5), sparked by the second bench clearing event, rallied from a 9-2 deficit to tie the game 9-all on Yuni-Bomber's 8th inning solo HR down the left field line, only to fall when the instigator of the hostility, Shin Soo-Choo, got the last laugh with a just-missed homerun doubling in two runs in the 10th off the top of the fence, just an inch out of the reach of leaping 5-foot-8 CF Jarrod Dyson. Royals starter Jonathan Sanchez (1-1), making his Kauffman Stadium debut, hit Choo with a pitch last season, breaking his wrist, sidelining him for MOST of the second half of the season. In the midst of Cleveland's five run third inning, Sanchez hit Choo, who took exception and had and said a few choice words to Sanchez, who was clearly wild - he could hardly throw a strike, walking five in 2 and 2/3 innings - and had no intent [Read more...]

Happy Home Opener Day: Royals face Cleveland to open 10-game homestand (and links)

Happy Opener Day to you and yours. The Royals open up a 10-day homestand against another young an upcoming team in the AL, the Cleveland Indians. Both squads are expected to battle for second place behind Detroit this season, but like the Royals, the Indians have gotten off to a slow start offensively. So slow, in fact, that the Indians (1-4) signed veteran Johnny Damon to boost the offense while center fielder Grady Sizemore is on the D (what else is knew, Grady is hurt). The contract includes a clause that allows Damon to leave the team whenever he wants once Sizemore returns. Pretty desperate move by the Indians. Will Damon help the offense? He can't make it any worse. They are scoring four runs a game, but unlike the Royals - who are underachieving right now at the plate - it is not expected to get much better. Considering their triple slash line is .176/.290/.326, four runs a game is a MIRACLE. Shelley Duncanis their top hitter so far at .294/.400/.521, power hitting [Read more...]

Royals fans: Should we be happy with 3-3 road trip?

Before the Royals headed out on their season-opening six-game, two city road trip (Anaheim, Oakland), I would have been thrilled if the Royals came home with a 3-3 record. But now that they are 3-3, why am I so disappointed? After the Royals took two of three in Anaheim, 4-2 seemed like a real possibility, as the A's lineup is one of the worst in baseball. Instead, the Royals go out and lose 1-0 on Monday then in unbelievable fashion Wednesday afternoon losing 5-4 in 12 innings after big Jon Broxton allowed two runs to score without giving up a hit OR a ball leaving the infield. A strikeout then an Alcides Escobar error and Broxton was never the same. Instead of two outs, nobody on, it was one out with a runner on first. Then he walked two batters, loading the bases. He got a Coco Crisp grounder, tying the game but getting the second out - which would have been the third and the game would have been over. He then hits Yoenis Cespedes on the first pitch and followed that up by [Read more...]

Duffy dominates as Royals get enough offense to even series, move to 3-2 (and links)

Danny Duffy and Aaron Crow combined to throw a rain-shortened 1-hitter, Mitch Maier blasted his first HR since August 2009 as the Royals mustered enough offense to give Duffy his third career win - he only has five in his career - in Oakland in a 7 1/2 inning win. Duffy's tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out 8 and walking four in the most dominant outing of his young career in a cold, rainy night in front of about 17 fans. Aaron Crow pitched the a 1-2-3 seventh with 2 K's, and when the game was ended in the eighth inning because of a downpour, Crow earned his first career save. Offensively, it was Mike Moustakas' double to dead center who gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Billy Butler and Jeff Francouer both went 2-for-3. Humberto Quintero knocked in Frenchy with a sac fly, also in the fourth and Maier hit a solo shot to right in the seventh to stretch the lead to 3-0. Game Notes: The Royals have never had a game rained out [Read more...]

Royals putrid offensive performance, April 9 minor league report, and more

After taking 2 of 3 against one of the AL favorites - the Los Angeles Angels - on the road over the weekend to open the season, but fell flat on their face against lefty Tommy Milone - who blanked the Royals over eight innings, allowing three hits - none after the third inning - WITH ZERO STRIKEOUTS - in Oakland's 1-0 win in front of 10,000 fans. Milone walked just 16 batters in 148 innings last year in AAA Columbus (Cleveland) but walked three last night (Eric Hosmer twice), but the Royals could not take advantage. In the fourth inning, Milone walked two and still ONLY threw 10 pitches. Absolutely amazing. Four times the Royals got their leadoff guy on but to no avail. Jason Bourgeois, playing for Alex Gordon, led off the game with a double, but was gunned down by a lazer from right fielder Josh Reddick at third pace on a Lorenzo Cain flyout. Yuni Betancourt also led off the second with a double. And was stranded their when the inning ended. Hosmer led off two different innings with [Read more...]

Royals > Angels Reaction (The Good, The Bad, The Ugly): Hosmer, Butler power Royals past Halos; take 2 of 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H KC Royals (2-1) 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 7 10 1 LA Angels (1-2) 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 11 1 W: Jonathan Sanchez (1-0)    L: Ervin Santana (0-1)   SV: Jonathan Broxton (1) Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer, who both hit 2-run homers and drove in three runs Sunday, celebrate Butler's first inning blast. On Sunday, Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer both hit two-run homers and drove in three each in powering the Royals (2-1) past the Angels (1-2), two win two of three against an American League favorite. The 3-4 hitters in the lineup, the duo went 4-for-8 driving in six of the seven runs and scoring four runs. Butler, who has a history of getting beaned by Angels starter Erwin Santana (0-1), hit a two-run first inning homer to score Hosmer, who singled Alcides Escobar, to make it 3-0. Hosmer belted a towering 2-run HR in the fifth to make it 5-2, scoring Chris Getz, who also had an infield RBI single in the sixth. Hosmer stole [Read more...]

Hosmer and Moose homer, Hochevar deals in Royals 6-3 win

Final - 4.7.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Kansas City Royals (1-1) 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 6 12 1 Los Angeles Angels (1-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 9 1 WP: Luke Hochevar (1-0) LP: Dan Haren (0-1) ANAHIEM, Cal - Luke Hochevar took a shutout into the seventh inning and Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas both hit solo homers in leading the Royals past the Angels 6-3 Saturday afternoon. Who was this guy on the hill? Hochevar continued where he left off in the second half of last season, where he went 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA, taking a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning, where he would eventually allow two runs - the first two allowed by a Royals starter this year in over 12 innings. He struck out four - including striking out the side in the 5th and allowed five hits against a team that he was 0-3 against with an 8.02 ERA in his four previous starts. “Early on, I think the results were better than my execution," the 2006 Royals first round draft [Read more...]

Chen tosses six scoreless; Angels score five in eighth

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E KC (0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 LAA (1-0) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 - 5 9 2 W: J. Weaver (1-0)   L: A. Crow (0-1) ANAHIEM, Cal - Bruce Chen showed why he was tabbed as the Royals Opening Day starter, tossing six shutout innings with three hits - none past the third inning - and striking out four, but was outdone by Jered Weaver, who struck out 10 and allowed just four hits in eight dominant innings in the Angels 5-0 shutout Friday night. Aaron Crow struck out the side (Howie Kendrick, Albert Pujols and Torii Hunter) in the seventh, but along with Greg Holland, allowed five runs in the eighth. Crow went from looking great in the seventh to throwing pitches right down the middle in the eighth, where Kendrys Morales grounded a one-out single to right, Mark Trumbo lined a single to center and Chris Iannetta drilled a single to left. "That first inning couldn't have gone better, and the second inning the [Read more...]

The DENNY MATTHEWS Drinking Game

To add to your listening pleasure of KC Royals baseball on the AM dial, gather up some friends and dive into the Denny Matthews Drinking Game. Courtesy of Royals Review, the details of an exciting - and likely intoxicating - Royals radio broadcast drinking game. *Special Note* Any and all beverages acceptable. Mountain Dew is acceptable for those not yet of age or have to work the next day. HERE WE GO!: "Gone." – Social! Everyone clinks their drinks and takes a gulp. Spells a player’s name – 1 drink Mentions a player’s hometown – 1 drink Tells a story about that town – another drink "There she goes." – This is reserved for the rare no-doubter home run ball. Round of shots. Mentions the good old days, but can’t reveal how crazy the times were due to either memory or FCC constraints. – 1 drink Bad puns. For example, "Mike Trout goes fishing on that one." – 1 drink with a 2 drink multiplier for each pun added, such as mentioning Tim Salmon was also an Angel. So 3 [Read more...]