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0 Short Relief: High Noon, Phantom Pain, and Failure Versus Success by Holly Wendt, Patrick Dubuque and Trevor Strunk
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7 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview by Sahadev Sharma
4 Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel, World Series Game One by Chris Mosch
6 Rubbing Mud: The Contact Play by Matthew Trueblood
12 Playoff Prospectus: Running To Stay Home: ALCS Game 6 by R.J. Anderson
7 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 6 Preview by Chris Mosch
13 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Previews for Wednesday by Matthew Trueblood and Rian Watt
4 Playoff Prospectus: The Royal Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!: ALCS Game 4 by R.J. Anderson
2 Raising Aces: Dickey vs Young: The Unlikely Matchup by Doug Thorburn
10 Playoff Prospectus: There He Goes Again by Kate Morrison
2 Playoff Prospectus: Bad-Ball Hitters Make Good Ballplayers: ALCS Game 2 by R.J. Anderson
1 Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 2 Preview and PECOTA Odds by Chris Mosch
3 Playoff Prospectus: A Better John/Cueto: ALDS Game 5 by Matthew Trueblood
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6 Field Generals: It's Ned Yost in a Box by Ian Frazer
1 Eyewitness Accounts: July 2, 2015 by BP Prospect Staff
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3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 235: Alex Rios' Value/How the 2013 Pirates Were Built by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 BP Unfiltered: Never Mind What I Wrote About the Royals by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 229: Derek Jeter, Yasiel Puig, and the All-Star Game/The Royals and Blaming the Ballpark by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
12 Overthinking It: One Small Step for Kansas City, One Giant Leap for Lineup Construction by Ben Lindbergh
12 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 219: The Mock Draft Mystery/Joey Votto's Future/Scouts and Espionage/The New-Look Royals Lineup by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 BP Unfiltered: The Royals and Two Weeks of Warning Track Power by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 213: The Royals and Not Hitting Homers/The Physical Signs of Scouting by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
23 Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Eric Hosmer by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 179: Extending Barry Zito/The First-Place Royals by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
21 Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Bottom of the Barrel by Russell A. Carleton and Ian Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 165: The Worst Team to Work For/Baseball Without Outfield Fences/When to Give Up on Top Draft Picks/Would Mariano Rivera Make an All-Time Team? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: Hochevar Heads to the Bullpen by R.J. Anderson
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 134: 2013 Season Preview Series: Kansas City Royals by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett
47 Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 99: Two More Reactions to the Rays-Royals Trade by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
71 Transaction Analysis: The Shields/Myers Blockbuster by R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 88: Wil Myers, the Royals, and Rumors About Trading Top Prospects by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 74: The Ervin Santana Trade, the Royals' Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Unfiltered: The Call-Up: Jake Odorizzi by Chris Mellen
4 Head Games: Salvador Perez and the Art of Setting Up by Will Woods
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 21: Typewriter by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 14: This is Gonna Be Ugly by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Announcements: Kansas City All-Star Weekend Meetup - July 8, 2012 by Joe Hamrahi
18 Sobsequy: The Art of Losing by Adam Sobsey
13 Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Days 8 and 9 by Jason Parks
13 Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two by Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh
16 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals by Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider
7 Transaction Analysis Blog: Royals Extend Francoeur by R.J. Anderson
3 On the Beat: The Incumbent by John Perrotto
0 Clubhouse Confidential: The Royals Embrace Better Living Through Baserunning by Marc Carig
26 Expanded Horizons: Get it While it's Hot by Tommy Bennett
Bryce Harper is up to no good, Russ Stephans is up to neither bad nor good, and the Mariners and Angels are up to both at the same time.
The Royals have unleashed a potent combination of speed and smart baserunning to strike fear in the hearts of the opposition. The Mets send Thor to the hill aiming to claw their way back into the Fall Classic.
The Royals are two wins away from not being forced to settle for second place in back-to-back years. On to the always critical Game Three—hmm, perhaps every game in the postseason is critical, huh?
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October 26, 2015 8:10 am
Is the Royals' success a sign that teams should spend on hitters who put the ball in play?
For the second year in a row, the Royals are in the World Series. The Royals have had the lowest strikeout rate of any MLB team over each of the past two seasons. These aren’t unrelated facts, but the correlation is certainly very loose. Ten years ago, this fact would have been noted, but with a shrug. Thirty years ago, it would have borne mention, but it would have been presented as an inevitability. That’s the way we understood baseball in those days, and to a large extent, that’s the way it was played.
Obviously, the evolution of the game in recent seasons—pick any number of seasons, really; the rate of change in basic gameplay at the MLB level only seems to be accelerating—has changed what we identify as the crucial elements of a winning team. It’s also changed the dynamic of every conversation about winning teams that we have, especially winning teams like the Royals. There’s a tension here, a tension that wouldn’t have existed in those days when strikeout rates weren’t at the top of everyone’s keyword list. Contact rates have been not only exalted as the key to winning playoff series and the last bastion of the old way of doing things, but tied (implicitly and explicitly) to other traits that help shape the narrative of a winning team. So it is with the Royals, whom Adam Kilgore recently presented as the newest practitioners of
. They’ve focused on defense and contact, Kilgore said, and that’s allowed them to avoid the pitfalls associated with chasing homers and high-octane pitchers on the open market. The theory is that contact is cheap. Gloves are cheap. It’s the big hitters and the big-name hurlers who lead free-agent teams astray. Teams can solve a lot of problems, under this theory, by embracing the need for more contact and addressing their whiff issues. Moneyball
It was just a single. Until it wasn't.
There are two sequence of events that everyone will remember from Game Six of the American League Championship Series.
Read the full article... John Gibbons' usage of David Price has been questioned, but PECOTA is betting on the lefty to extend the series.
tossed a gem and the Blue Jays blew Game Five open with a four-run sixth inning to move the ALCS back to Kansas City. Marco Estrada Perhaps the most important implication of the margin by which the Blue Jays won was that manager didn’t feel obligated to use John Gibbons in relief. Tonight, the left-hander will do his best to keep Toronto’s season alive. David Price
Read the full article... The Blue Jays will try to overcome history; the Cubs will try to overcome HISTORY.
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will be more aggressive about getting his bullpen in there to relieve Ned Yost in the much less forgiving environment of the Rogers Centre. I mean, you’ll probably lose if you do, but there are people who will take any bet for the right odds. Edinson Volquez Read the full article...
October 21, 2015 12:30 am
The Blue Jays' afternoon started with a cliff and ended with a Pennington.
Game Four of the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals was over before an out was recorded.
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Game Four of the ALCS pits the two eldest statesmen on both sides of the border against each other. The predictably strong Blue Jays offense was strong; but, just as importantly, the predictably exceptional Blue Jays center fielder fielded center field.
Every season, it seems as though some fielder just appears from thin air, as if created to fill a void we didn’t even know existed. A pair of Kevins—one,
, well publicized; the other, until roughly this week, still fairly anonymous—filled this gap in 2015. The Kevins ran down flyballs and popups and crashed into walls, as in the first result to a Google of “ Kevin Kiermaier catches”: Kevin Pillar Read the full article...
The Royals take a 2-0 lead, which one might consider describing as a commanding lead but for it being one loss away from one calling it a fragile lead.