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Royals Review Oct 10, 2019
2019 Season in Review: Scott Barlow

2019 Season in Review: Scott Barlow

Ben Ludeman-USA TODAY Sports Okay, let’s play a stupid game. Without looking, which Royals relievers finished 1st and 2nd in fWAR? If you guess Ian Kennedy and Scott Barlow, congrats! Now if you set the minimum innings to 70, who is first? It’s Scott Barlow. You are great at this game, reader! On a WAR/80IP basis, Scott Barlow was the second best pitcher on the staff (though to be fair, WAR is an accrual stat so pitching a lot is good). Among all relievers, Barlow actually finished ~30th in baseball in WAR thanks to a good strikeout rate (31% above league average) and...
Royals Review Sep 20, 2019
Royals lose to Twins again, 4-3

Royals lose to Twins again, 4-3

Randy Dobnak dazzled the rubbish Royals lineup. | Photo by Hannah Foslien/ They didn’t allow any home runs, though. Small victories. I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Randy Dobnak before. Honestly, the parade of pitchers emerging from the Twins’ bullpen after him all came with names more reminiscent of a random-name-generator than any baseball players I can say I’m familiar with. But then I’m sure Twins fans feel similarly about Scott Barlow, Gabe Speier, and Randy Rosario. And, like many young, unknown pitchers before him, Randy Dobnak shut down the Royals as if he...

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