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04-06

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel, World Series Game One
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Chris Mosch

10-26

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Rubbing Mud: The Contact Play
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Matthew Trueblood

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: Running To Stay Home: ALCS Game 6
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R.J. Anderson

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 6 Preview
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Chris Mosch

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Previews for Wednesday
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Matthew Trueblood and Rian Watt

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: The Royal Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!: ALCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-20

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Raising Aces: Dickey vs Young: The Unlikely Matchup
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Doug Thorburn

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: There He Goes Again
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Kate Morrison

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Bad-Ball Hitters Make Good Ballplayers: ALCS Game 2
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R.J. Anderson

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 2 Preview and PECOTA Odds
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Chris Mosch

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: A Better John/Cueto: ALDS Game 5
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Matthew Trueblood

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 4 Previews
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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game Two Previews
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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

08-27

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Field Generals: It's Ned Yost in a Box
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Ian Frazer

07-02

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 2, 2015
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BP Prospect Staff

02-22

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Kauffman Stadium - June 28, 2014
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Joe Hamrahi

07-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 235: Alex Rios' Value/How the 2013 Pirates Were Built
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-26

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BP Unfiltered: Never Mind What I Wrote About the Royals
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Ben Lindbergh

06-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 229: Derek Jeter, Yasiel Puig, and the All-Star Game/The Royals and Blaming the Ballpark
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-07

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Overthinking It: One Small Step for Kansas City, One Giant Leap for Lineup Construction
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Ben Lindbergh

06-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 219: The Mock Draft Mystery/Joey Votto's Future/Scouts and Espionage/The New-Look Royals Lineup
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-31

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BP Unfiltered: The Royals and Two Weeks of Warning Track Power
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Ben Lindbergh

05-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 213: The Royals and Not Hitting Homers/The Physical Signs of Scouting
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-29

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Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Eric Hosmer
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Sam Miller

04-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 179: Extending Barry Zito/The First-Place Royals
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-29

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Bottom of the Barrel
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Russell A. Carleton and Ian Miller

03-22

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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?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-13

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BP Unfiltered: Hochevar Heads to the Bullpen
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R.J. Anderson

02-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 134: 2013 Season Preview Series: Kansas City Royals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

12-11

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Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows
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Ben Lindbergh

12-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 99: Two More Reactions to the Rays-Royals Trade
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: The Shields/Myers Blockbuster
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks

11-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 88: Wil Myers, the Royals, and Rumors About Trading Top Prospects
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-01

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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
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-21

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BP Unfiltered: The Call-Up: Jake Odorizzi
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Chris Mellen

09-13

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Head Games: Salvador Perez and the Art of Setting Up
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Will Woods

08-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 21: Typewriter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 14: This is Gonna Be Ugly
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-30

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BP Announcements: Kansas City All-Star Weekend Meetup - July 8, 2012
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Joe Hamrahi

05-09

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Sobsequy: The Art of Losing
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Adam Sobsey

03-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Days 8 and 9
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Jason Parks

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

09-16

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-18

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Transaction Analysis Blog: Royals Extend Francoeur
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R.J. Anderson

05-18

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On the Beat: The Incumbent
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John Perrotto

05-17

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Clubhouse Confidential: The Royals Embrace Better Living Through Baserunning
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Marc Carig

05-06

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Expanded Horizons: Get it While it's Hot
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Tommy Bennett

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

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April 6, 2016 10:30 am

BP Kansas City

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Hunter Samuels

The Royals have unleashed a potent combination of speed and smart baserunning to strike fear in the hearts of the opposition.

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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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There were too many memorable to plays to squeeze into one article. But we tried anyway.

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October 26, 2015 8:10 am

Rubbing Mud: The Contact Play

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Matthew Trueblood

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 Moneyball. 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.

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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.

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John Gibbons' usage of David Price has been questioned, but PECOTA is betting on the lefty to extend the series.

Marco Estrada 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. Perhaps the most important implication of the margin by which the Blue Jays won was that manager John Gibbons didn’t feel obligated to use David Price in relief. Tonight, the left-hander will do his best to keep Toronto’s season alive.


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The Blue Jays will try to overcome history; the Cubs will try to overcome HISTORY.

You can bet Ned Yost will be more aggressive about getting his bullpen in there to relieve Edinson Volquez 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.

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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.

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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, Kevin Kiermaier, 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 Pillar catches”:

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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.

After Game One of the American League Championship Series, Matthew Trueblood wrote:

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Today's undercard pits everyone's favorite Cy Young candidate mop up reliever against everyone's second favorite diminutive starter.

Behind six shutout innings from Edinson Volquez, the Royals quieted the powerful Blue Jays lineup and took the ALCS opener by a 5-0 final. Toronto will try to salvage a split in Kansas City before heading home for the next three games.

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