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5 Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds by R.J. Anderson and Tucker Blair
8 Rumor Roundup: Like Manna From Heaven Fall The James Shields Rumors by Chris Mosch
19 2015 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects by Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff
0 Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy by Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman
4 Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound by R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain
6 Transaction Analysis: Santana and Morales, One Year Later by Sam Miller
1 Transaction Analysis: The Reliever Receivers by R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre
0 Transaction Analysis: The Butler Did It by R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein
5 Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals by Ben Carsley
32 Prospectus Feature: The Decision that Decided a World Series by Dustin Palmateer
1 Pitching Backward: Sing, Sing, Sing, for the Unsung Affeldt by Jeff Long
2 Painting the Black: That Time We All Hated the Mike Morse Signing by R.J. Anderson
5 Playoff Prospectus: The Giants Win The World Series, Again by Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: The Reason Bumgarner Should Start (Even Though He Won't) by Sam Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: Why NOT to Start Madison Bumgarner by Russell A. Carleton
2 Moonshot: Do the Giants Beat the Heat? by Robert Arthur
14 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 7 Preview by Sam Miller
0 Playoff Prospectus: Second-Inning Struggles by Sahadev Sharma
2 Playoff Prospectus: 1-2-3 Repeater by Miles Wray
15 Playoff Prospectus: Mad Cool by Sam Miller
0 Playoff Prospectus: Petit Comes Up Big by Sahadev Sharma
6 Playoff Prospectus: Never-Wrong Ned? by R.J. Anderson
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Preview by Sahadev Sharma
3 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews by R.J. Anderson
9 Playoff Prospectus: A Decade of Planning an Overnight Success by Miles Wray
2 Daisy Cutter: Cain's Overlooked Arrival by Sahadev Sharma
4 Playoff Prospectus: Royals Spit Hot Fire: World Series Game 2 by Zachary Levine
2 BP Unfiltered: There Will Be A Game Two by Russell A. Carleton
8 Moonshot: The Royals, the Strike Zone, and an October Surprise by Robert Arthur
3 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Preview by Zachary Levine
5 Playoff Prospectus: The Other Royals: World Series Game 1 by Sam Miller
0 The View from the Loge Level: Managing to Win by Daron Sutton
2 Pitching Backward: How To Get A Hit Off Madison Bumgarner by Jeff Long
5 Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium by Sam Miller
5 Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Butterflies by Russell A. Carleton
7 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals by Sam Miller
2 Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante by Doug Thorburn
4 Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4 by Sahadev Sharma
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews by Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson
3 Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3 by Sam Miller
3 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews by Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn
7 Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2 by Sam Miller
14 Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. Orioles by Sam Miller
6 Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker by J.P. Breen
3 Playoff Prospectus: 20 Bad Josh Hamilton Swings: ALDS Game 2 by Sam Miller
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8 Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. Royals by Sam Miller
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When the glow is gone, how will Royals fans measure the years of losing against the weeks on top?
The Royals have come to the World Series out of nowhere. As recently as July 22nd, they were a sub-.500 team. Also, the Royals have been planning on making exactly this type of postseason conquest for the better part of a decade.
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Lorenzo Cain has been getting plenty of love in October, but where was the praise all summer?
October 23, 2014 12:59 am
The Royals staff threw some major heat and every key moment went their way as they snagged Game Two and evened the World Series at a game apiece.
Sometime before a parade broke out on the path from the visiting bullpen and well before a fight, or more accurately a halfhearted inter-dugout posturing contest, broke out around home plate, the Futures Game broke out at Kauffman Stadium.
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OMFSM! The Giants not only won the pennant, but they completely dominated the Royals last night. Hard to believe, but in a game where both teams had such amazing momentum coming in (8-0 vs. pennant winning walk-off!) one of them actually lost the game. And call me a conspiracy theorist, but I personally think it might have had something to do with
, rather than some sort of government conspiracy. Madison Bumgarner Read the full article... After months of moving downward, the October strike zone is suddenly rising.
Everybody’s been writing about the strike zone recently, and that’s for good reason. The strike zone is evolving, and for the first time in the history of baseball, we have the technology to directly record that evolution. Mostly, the bottom of the strike zone is dropping, and that plays some role in shaping the current pitching-dominated era (although
exactly how much of a role is a matter of some debate).
What’s most astonishing about the strike zone’s changing definition is the rapidity with which we are witnessing the results. Year after year, the strike zone falls, and this year has been no exception. In
this recent article, Jon Roegele chronicles the most dramatic drop in the bottom of the strike zone yet: In the last year, the zone’s real estate has increased by 16 square inches. But even without a rigorous statistical analysis of the zone, you could feel the impact of the strike zone’s accelerating fall in the numerous strikeout records which have been broken, and in the historic seasons of and other pitchers. Clayton Kershaw Read the full article... With a rested Giants pen and a Royals' starter who exited his last start with shoulder issues, Game Two of the World Series could come down to which group of relievers steps up.
The difference between a tied series and an imposing lead for the Giants will likely be in the grips of the relievers, although for a very different reason on both sides. It’s a 13-year vet who’s happened upon the last two World Series taking on a rookie whose start couldn’t possibly come with more question marks. And then the real show will begin.
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October 22, 2014 12:51 am
Madison Bumgarner keeps building his legend, while the Royals' game got thoroughly botched. What a half-dozen big-league managers see as the most important skills for the job.
Here in the Loge Level the seat is quite pricey this week, as the end of the road on Hwy 2014 is within view. From our perch, with our colored mini towels waving in the air, we ponder....
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Searching for the weakness in Bumgarner's gameplan.
Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the first two games of the World Series.
and the Kansas City Royals (who knew!) will square off in Game One of the 2014 World Series. I’m guessing that at least one of the 50 gentlemen on the two rosters will be a little nervous before the game starts. Maybe more than one. And surely, someone at a bar or on your couch or on a national telecast will opine on whether butterflies are currently flying in the stomach of just about every player that flashes across the screen. The World Series is amateur psychology’s finest hour. San Francisco Giants Read the full article...
October 21, 2014 12:01 am
The Royals have the speed, the Giants have the skipper, and both teams have momentum in an unlikely World Series matchup.
On July 28th, the Giants were four games behind the Dodgers, the Royals were five behind the Tigers, and
put their PECOTA combined odds of winning the World Series at 4 percent. Neither was a preseason favorite to win the division, neither won the division, neither won 90 games, neither has an MVP candidate or a candidate. Neither team's manager will win manager of the year, and neither will be the favorite to win a division going into next year's season. They are a combined 16-2 against the postseason gantlet, and PECOTA puts their combined odds of winning the World Series at 100 percent. Cy Young Read the full article...