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Royals ALDS Preview: Breaking Down the Astros’ Top Hitters

Now that everyone knows who the Royals will be playing in the American League Division Series, it seems appropriate to preview said series. Our own David Lesky already wrote a preview, and you both can and should read that piece, multiple times, by clicking on this hyperlinked text. Think of this preview as a supplement to […]
Via Pine Tar Press
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No Explanation Needed: Royals Succeed With Escobar Leading Off

One of the great things about baseball is its unpredictability. No matter how smart you are (or think you are), baseball will find a way to confound you. For example, consider the curious case of Alcides Escobar. Putting a career .262/.298/.344 hitter atop your lineup shouldn’t work. It just. Should. Not. Work. You want your […]
Via Pine Tar Press
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: October 7

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. The Royals had a day off before beginning the American League Championship Series in Toronto against […]
Via Pine Tar Press
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Kansas City Royals will win World Series

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Via Fox Sports Kansas City
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals reveal first three starters: Ventura, Cueto, Volquez

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night. Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3. The 24-year...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Morales, Ventura named Royals player, pitcher of the month

Designated hitter Kendrys Morales has been named the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for September/October, while right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura has been named the club's Pitcher of the Month, the team announced Tuesday. The player award is determined by a combined fan and media vote, while the pitcher award is voted on by local media. Morales is the Royals Majestic Player...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals ratings up 90 percent, leading local MLB surge in 2015

The final local MLB ratings numbers are in for the 2015 season, and the reigning AL champion Kansas City Royals are at the top of the mountain. Fresh off of their first Postseason appearance since 1985, Royals ratings were up a whopping 90% this season, checking in at a robust 12.33 on Fox Sports Kansas City. The club earned the AL Central title, the first ever in team history...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How they fared: The Royals against the rest of the American League postseason teams

Regular Season records really don’t matter once you get to October.  We take a look at the Royals records versus the rest of the postseason teams. It’s that time of the year where every “expert” starts to look at regular season stats to predict how the postseason will play out.  In reality, nobody knows how the postseason will play out.  Who would have guessed that...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Royals’ Kendrys Morales leaves Scott Boras, now repped by Wasserman

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales has left agent Scott Boras, according to multiple league sources. Morales, 32, is now represented by Wasserman Media Group, sources said. In 2014, Morales signed after the June draft and played in only 98 games where he hit .218 with only eight home runs and 42 RBI and it left many wondering if his best days were behind him. That...
Via Baseball Essential
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Kansas City Royals Enter the Playoffs with a Strong Offense

Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer, right, celebrates with Alcides Escobar after he scored on a double by Ben Zobrist to break the tie in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Royals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) In 2014, the Kansas City Royals made a magical run to the World Series on the backs of their pitching and some clutch hitting, but...
Via The Sports Journal
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Royals' revamped bullpen may be deeper, more dynamic than a year ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- By the time the Kansas City Royals had run roughshod through the American League playoffs last year, everyone in baseball knew exactly what H-D-H meant. Herrera, Davis, Holland. The big three relievers at the back of their bullpen. With the dominance of Kelvin Herrera in the seventh inning, Wade Davis in the eighth and Greg Holland closing out, the Royals effectively...
Via AP on Fox
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Cueto, Royals secure home-field with 6-1 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Salvador Perez added to his career-best home run total, Johnny Cueto tossed five solid innings and the Kansas City Royals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Sunday. Perez hit his 21st homer in the third inning, one behind Kendrys Morales and Mike Moustakas for the team lead. Cueto (4-7 with Royals, 11-13 overall...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins vs. Royals preview

Given that they have the AL's second-best home record, the Central-champion Kansas City Royals insist they're going hard after home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. A day after eliminating the Minnesota Twins from playoff contention, the visiting Royals can lock up the league's best record Sunday by closing out the regular season on a five-game winning streak. Kansas City...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Iron Giant: How Chris Young saved the Royals season.

Chris Young was a last minute signing for Dayton Moore.  However, without him, the Royals may not be in the position they are in. I remember watching a game in last June when the Seattle Mariners were in Kansas City playing the Royals.  I remember watching this very tall pitcher for Seattle that couldn’t throw more than 86 mph and was in the strike zone.  Still, the Royals...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade Davis Set Up for Success as Royals' Closer

A little over a week ago, Wade Davis officially took over as closer for the Kansas City Royals after spending most of his time with the club as Greg Holland's set-up man.Last season, as the Royals made their famous run through the wild card to the World Series, one of the biggest pieces that kept them going was the back-end of the bullpen. The 7-8-9 combination of Kelvin Herrera...
Via The Sports Quotient
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Royals Regular Season Awards

The 2015 MLB regular season is winding down. After 159 regular season games, the majority of major league baseball players approach this weekend knowing they are almost done with the grind for the year. They are thinking of vacations, mai tais, taking their kids to school every day, dance recitals, family birthday parties, etc. You know, all that stuff we often forget they completely...
Via Royals Blue
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Young, coming off no-hit stint, is dominating right-handed batters

In his last start, Kansas City Royals right-hander Chris Young pitched five innings of no-hit ball just hours after his father passed away. He gets the start again tonight as the Royals open their final regular-season series of 2015 at Minnesota. Young has been tough to hit all season, holding opposing batters to a .203 batting average. And he has been lights-out against right-handers...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals go from Hunter to Hunted

Kansas City Royals’ Paulo Orlando reacts after being thrown out at first on a throw from shortstop Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Jose Abreu, after Orlando singled to right fielder Avisail Garcia, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) “You get to that point and you don’t score,” Royals manager Ned...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Reconsidering Ned Yost (Part 1)

If the Royals win the World Series this year, whole books will be written about Ned Yost, and how misunderstood he was. Until then, we'll just have to settle for Bruce Schoenfeld's feature-length apologia in this week-end's New York Times Magazine. Of course it's overwrought, with backhanded stabs at sabermetrics and the practitioners of that dark art. But it's mostly about people...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Royals’ Division-Winning Celebration

We live in the age of multiple playoff levels and one of the results of this is we get many different playoff winners, and each playoff winner has to have a playoff winner celebration. Celebrations used to be more sedate than they are now, but things have changed since Don Larsen struck out Bill Mitchell and jogged solemnly off the mound after having thrown the first and to date...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Young on Working Up (and Down) in the Zone

Chris Young, of the Kansas City Royals, is known for both his Princeton pedigree and his height. The 6-foot-10 right-hander is also known for getting outs up in the zone, with a slow fastball. Young’s four-seamer averages 86.4 mph, and he has the highest FB% (58.2) and the lowest BABiP (.217) among pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings. The velocity and fly balls are in...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals clinch first division title since 1985, celebrate by popping bottles (video)

MLB’s longest drought between division titles is officially over. The Kansas City Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners, 10-4, in front of a packed house at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night. With the victory, the Royals clinched their first division title since 1985, and it’s the first time they’ve won the AL Central in franchise history (they had won the AL West in the past...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Greg Holland has ‘significant’ tear in UCL, will miss rest of season

The Kansas City Royals will have to do without reliever Greg Holland for the rest of 2015, and possibly even longer as the former closer has been shut down due to an ongoing sore elbow. As Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star notes, Holland has a significant tear in his UCL and will be seen by doctors next week in L.A. It’s possible he may need the dreaded Tommy John surgery...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals are basically the best contact team ever

A funny thing about doing a job like this is that you’re expected to write all the time. Which means you’re expected to write early in seasons, and you’re expected to write analytically, and when you write analytically early in seasons, you can end up looking like a moron. Earlier this season, for example, I remember writing reasonably positive things about Carlos Peguero....
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Indians set off fireworks for wrong team

Alex Rios homered for the Royals against the Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. Following the homer, the poor soul operating the fireworks at Progressive set them off…despite the fact that it was an opposing player that went yard. The 2015 Indians in a nutshell, folks. The post Progressive Field employee shoots off fireworks for Royals home run appeared first...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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