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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
42 Pre-Season Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
10 Transaction Analysis: Royal Re-Gearing by Christina Kahrl
26 Transaction Analysis: The Greinke Trade by Christina Kahrl
6 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals by Tommy Bennett, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider
0 Contractual Matters: Opening Act by Jeff Euston
7 Seidnotes: We Can Hit but We Just Can't Score by Eric Seidman
7 Checking the Numbers: Royal Pains by Eric Seidman
29 Pre-Season Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
10 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals by Baseball Prospectus
14 You Could Look It Up: Royal Pains by Steven Goldman
8 On the Beat: Weekend Wrap by John Perrotto
64 Prospectus Idol Entry: Kila Ka'aihue by Tim Kniker
28 Preseason Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
24 Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects by Kevin Goldstein
7 Transaction of the Day: The Jacobs Deal by Christina Kahrl
0 Preseason Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
0 Royal Rebound by John Perrotto
0 Preseason Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
0 Hope and Faith: How the Kansas City Royals Can Win the World Series by Rany Jazayerli
Ben and Sam discuss their technical difficulties, Alex Rios' trade value, and the origins of the surprisingly successful Pirates. Ned Yost, Alcides Escobar, and the Royals retrace their steps.
Earlier this month, I
wrote an article about ’s decision to ask his front office for help in constructing a more productive lineup. That request had a happy result: a lineup that looked a lot more sensible than the one the Royals had been running out before. Ned Yost Read the full article...
Ben and Sam talk about a pair of All-Star candidates, then discuss Royals GM Dayton Moore's comments about Kauffman Stadium suppressing walks.
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June 7, 2013 9:25 am
With the Royals struggling to score, Ned Yost looks to the stats for assistance.
"Innovation in baseball almost never accompanies talent. Innovations in baseball usually arise from those 75- to 85-win teams that are desperately trying to find a way to scratch out two more wins. We all know what wins baseball games is good baseball players. When you have the players, you're going to stick to proven strategies because you're more afraid of screwing it up than you are anxious to gain a small advantage."—Bill James,
The Bill James Gold Mine 2008
Sam Miller wrote about how lineup construction in baseball tends to change very slowly, if at all. Managers mostly fill out their lineup cards according to the same principles that governed their predecessors’ decisions decades ago, with little regard for more recent research that’s revealed some of those decisions to be suboptimal. For example, although Sam found some circumstantial evidence that this might be beginning to change, the no. 2 hitter still tend to be a team’s best bat-control guy, not its best, well, batter.
Ben and Sam discuss the mystery of mock drafts, how Joey Votto might age, the kinds of information scouts can trust, and the Royals' lineup evolution.
warning-track power: “The ability of a batter who has enough strength to hit a ball to the warning track but not enough to hit a home run.” — The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Third Edition Read the full article...
Ben and Sam discuss the Royals' power outage and the comments made by their hitting coach, then talk about surprising physical signs that scouts study.
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May 29, 2013 5:00 am
Is the Royals' first baseman coming out of his slump, or still struggling?
On Sunday, a baseball broadcaster informed me (and you and everyone we know) that a player on the
entered the game 10 for his previous 28. “That’s a .357 average, so he’s coming,” I was told. Kansas City Royals
hasn’t done much this year, and his inability to take the great leap forward is a big reason why Kansas City’s go-for-it plan has disappointed thus far. But a .357 average, that’s pretty high, and if he’s coming, maybe the Royals would have something. It’s easy to buy into Eric Hosmer’s .357 average. It’s just easy to buy into Eric Hosmer, all the time, despite how long it’s been since he was good. He used to be so good, after all. And .357! Maybe that .357 means something. Eric Hosmer The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Ben and Sam discuss the situation surrounding Barry Zito's contract for 2014, and the Royals' hot, small-sample start. The final installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.
In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the worst odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here. Read the full article...
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the worst team to work for, what baseball would look like without outfield fences, when it's okay to give up on high draft picks, and how Mariano Rivera compares to top starting pitchers. Can the former No. 1 pick right the ship in shorter stints? Maybe.
is Luke Hochevar going to the bullpen. It's an unsurprising development, given Kansas City's offseason activity and Hochevar's history of failure. The former first-overall pick nearly seven years ago, Hochevar has compiled a 5.39 and 132 starts over his career to date. He did manage a career-best strikeout-to-walk ratio last season (2.36), however, his run average worsened from poor to intolerable—even for a Royals team previously light on starters. ERA Read the full article...