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0 Transaction Analysis: More Melk, Please by Matthew Trueblood and Victor Filoromo
0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 18: Royal Buyers by Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody
0 Transaction Analysis: Kansas City Buyers by Bryan Grosnick, Zach Crizer, Craig Goldstein and George Bissell
2 Advance Scouting Series: Lorenzo Cain by Keith Rader
10 Prospectus Roundtable: Should the Royals Buy or Sell? by Rob Mains, Ben Diamond, Craig Goldstein, Wilson Karaman, Matthew Trueblood and Zach Crizer
7 Let It Eat: The Worst Hitter From Each Team Who Could Start for the Royals by Ben Carsley
0 The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio by Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry
0 Rubbing Mud: Walking Cain by Matthew Trueblood
8 Flu-Like Symptoms: Payrolls: It's All Relative by Rob Mains
0 The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler by Eric Roseberry
1 Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises by Greg Wellemeyer
2 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Kansas City Royals by David Brown
0 Short Relief: Imaginary Players and Imaginary Victories by Mary Craig, Jen Mac Ramos and Matt Sussman
5 Transaction Analysis: The Old Blue and Gold by Bryan Grosnick
3 Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die by Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro
12 Transaction Analysis: Worst Base? by Bryan Grosnick
1 Deep, But Playable: Ventura and Marte by Craig Goldstein
5 Transaction Analysis: Extension Party by Bryan Grosnick, Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood
4 Transaction Analysis: Mariners Move Deck Chairs by Bryan Grosnick
6 Two-Strike Approach: Soler Power by Cat Garcia
0 Transaction Analysis: Post-Christmas Shopping by Matthew Trueblood, Jared Wyllys and Brendan Gawlowski
2 Prospectus Review: On Days Like These by Patrick Dubuque
3 Transaction Analysis: Chicago's New 1-2 Punch by Jared Wyllys
0 Transaction Analysis: Sexy in South Beach by Matthew Trueblood
1 Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again by Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz
5 Prospectus Q&A: Rusty Kuntz by Tim Britton
0 BP Kansas City by David Lesky
0 What You Need to Know: Soft-Tossin' Salazar by Daniel Rathman
0 Transaction Analysis: Royals, A's Outfield Challenge Trade by Dustin Palmateer
0 BP Kansas City by Hunter Samuels
0 Raising Aces: In Awe of Southpaws by Doug Thorburn
1 Players Prefer Presentation: 12 Minutes Of The Slowest Baseball by Meg Rowley
2 Outta Left Field: Stealing Home Has Never Been Easier... by Dustin Palmateer
0 BP Kansas City by David Lesky
1 Prospectus Feature: The Nightmare of Becoming a Fun Fact Machine by Aaron Gleeman
0 BP Wrigleyville by Matthew Trueblood
3 Prospectus Feature: How To Fight Crime by Henry Druschel
4 Players Prefer Presentation: I Care About All-Star Voting by Meg Rowley
0 What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless? by Emma Baccellieri
3 The Call-Up: Cody Reed by Kourage Kundahl and George Bissell
1 What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough by Nicolas Stellini
10 Rubbing Mud: What'll It Take to Make the Royals Sellers? by Matthew Trueblood
0 Rubbing Mud: Sal Perez, Everyday Success Story by Matthew Trueblood
0 BP Kansas City by Hunter Samuels
0 BP South Side by James Fegan
2 Prospectus Feature: Failing To Find A Better Way by Trevor Strunk
0 BP Kansas City by Hunter Samuels
2 What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals by Nicolas Stellini
0 BP Kansas City by Craig Brown
0 BP Kansas City by Hunter Samuels
September 2, 2016 6:00 am
Baltimore goes dumpster diving, Cleveland brings Coco Crisp home, and the Jeff Francoeur tour adds another stop. Baseball's most prepared first-base coach talks about the details that can change a scouting report, and ignoring the sheet of paper that comes from upstairs.
Few men embody the ethos of the defending champion
better than first-base coach Kansas City Royals . The long-time coach is the maestro behind Kansas City's running game and its outfield defense—previously overlooked qualities that have helped propel the Royals to consecutive pennants and a World Series title. Rusty Kuntz Read the full article...
The Royals aren't going to the postseason this year, so they should use the next two months to help the 2017 club. Danny Salazar is losing heat, and Max Kepler takes advantage. Meanwhile, Danny Duffy and Kyle Hendricks turn in signature starts.
The Monday Takeaway
The Indians had themselves a mighty fine trade deadline, even after nixed his ticket to Cleveland. Jonathan Lucroy should fortify the bullpen and Andrew Miller figures to provide a nice boost to the outfield. With a relatively stable and healthy rotation, general manager Mike Chernoff was able to use his myriad trade chits to patch other roster holes while steering clear of the extreme sellers’ market for starting pitchers. Brandon Guyer
Then the deadline passed, and game time came around for the Tribe’s August opener against the Twins, and… uh oh.
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Kansas City adds a new speedy fourth outfielder to possibly replace the one they already had.
Eric Hosmer has so often seemed on the cusp of something massive, but this inconsistency has once again dragged his season down to merely good.
Notable pitching performances by Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Danny Duffy. A big and exciting moment for Raul Mondesi Jr. turned into 12 minutes of the worst experience baseball could offer. Let's slow it down a little.
On Wednesday, the Angels played the Royals. I should note that I did not watch this game live. The Angels aren’t very good, and the Royals aren’t very good. These are two sub-.500 teams, and one of them was on the way to being even sub-.500ier, so I did other things with my evening. But then I came across this tweet from Grant Brisbee:
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...and yet, nobody is taking advantage of this rare opportunity. What gives?
Nobody has been hit by the league's power surge like the Royals. Let's spend some time looking slack-jawed at Chris Young's season.
has always been an oddity. For one thing he’s an Ivy Leaguer in the major leagues. He’s also 6-foot-10, but Young was never a power pitcher and his average fastball hasn’t topped 89 mph in a decade. Not particularly durable and frequently on the disabled list, he’s nonetheless managed to pitch 12 seasons in the big leagues and is currently signed to a multi-year contract at age 37. For that entire career he’s been baseball’s most extreme flyball pitcher, posting an absurdly low groundball rate of 26 percent, yet Young’s homer rate is barely worse than average and his rate of homers per fly ball is one of the lowest around. Chris Young
Or at least it was, until this season.
After more than a decade of mostly successfully walking a very thin line as a soft-tossing extreme flyball pitcher, Young has seen those soft-tossed flyballs leave the ballpark at an alarming rate. In his most recent start Tuesday night Young allowed four homers in 2 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays, which is only
tied for his second-most homers allowed this year. He also surrendered four homers to the Indians on June 5 and served up five homers to the Yankees on May 9. Combined in those three starts Young allowed 13 homers in 9 2/3 innings. This year 25 pitchers have thrown at least 100 innings while allowing 13 or fewer homers. Last season allowed a total of 10 homers in his Cy Young-winning campaign, during which he logged 229 innings. Jake Arrieta
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Overrated or not, Kris Bryant remains misunderstood.