7:41 PM EDT, Tue August 20, 2019
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Royals vs. Orioles Tuesday evening open thread

Royals vs. Orioles Tuesday evening open thread

Photo by G Fiume/ Two of the tankiest tanking teams. The Royals take on the Orioles in a matchup of two of the tankiest tanking teams in baseball, which was evident by the play in the series opener. Brad Keller gives the Royals a decent shot of winning tonight, as he faces Dylan Bundy. Jorge Soler moves up to the #2 hole, which may give him better pitches to hit. Middle contest against the Orioles tonight in Baltimore.#AlwaysRoyal pic.twitter.com/FPkzTyhNkq— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 20, 2019 New dad energy. Rio Ruiz is hitting .353 with three homers this month!...
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Jorge Soler’s breakout is legit

Jorge Soler’s breakout is legit

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports This is real life Jorge Soler, former top-50 prospect and Wade Davis trade return, is having a great season and looking very much like the incredible hitter that many thought he could be. He’s approaching the Royals’ single-season home run record, something that would have been hard to imagine even a year ago. In a season where the Royals’ reward is a draft pick and not the playoffs, Soler has been one of a handful of welcome distractions from the losses. His at bats have become must-see television for Royals fans. He’s hitting the cover off the...
9 hours ago
TWitM: Kris Bubic’s masterpiece

TWitM: Kris Bubic’s masterpiece

Kris Bubic took a no-hitter deep into his start this week. | Ryan Griffith This Week in the Minors: Kris Bubic has us at a loss for words. ‘This Week in the Minors’ is our weekly look at notable performances from all over the system, from big-name prospects and less heralded guys alike. The mission is to answer this simple question: “Who had a good week?” Today, we’ll cover results from Monday, August 12 through Sunday, August 18. AAA Omaha Storm Chasers (53-72, 13 games back) schedule | roster Eric Skoglund pitched seven innings on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits. He...
11 hours ago
Royals Rumblings - News for August 20, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for August 20, 2019

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Will Gordo return next year? Royals Rumblings - News for August 20, 2019 Alex Gordon discusses the future with Matt Ehalt of Yahoo! Gordon said there are some days when he feels an overwhelming sensation to return. There are others when his body is sore and he misses his family of five. Those are the days when the 35-year-old feels it may be that time. Gordon is enjoying his best offensive season since he re-signed although he’s scuffled as of late, posting a .258 average and a .737 OPS. He is hopeful he can finish strong. “I just want this season to be over with...
21 hours ago
Lopez and Dini homer as the Royals top the Orioles, 5-4

Lopez and Dini homer as the Royals top the Orioles, 5-4

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Dini Dong! To kick off a six game road trip, the Royals headed to the east coast for a battle with the Baltimore Orioles. Combining for 165 losses between the two before the meeting, the team’s prior performances had the indications of some bad baseball. Despite going hitless for the first five innings, a brief rally in the top of the sixth led to a 5-4 Royals’ win on Monday night. Following a dreadful homestand where the club surmounted 10 runs in five games, the Kansas City offense would not solve its woes so quickly against the Gardner-Edgerton...
Aug 19, 2019
Game 125: Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles

Game 125: Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Five years ago, this matchup was meaningful Kansas City Royals (44-80) @ Baltimore Orioles (39-85) Jorge López (1-7, 6.51 ERA) vs. John Means (8-8, 3.76 ERA) First pitch- 6:05 CT Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland Quick Hits: Adalberto Mondesi to begin rehab assignment today with Triple-A Omaha. He will play tomorrow per Jeffrey Flanagan. Next spring training, the Royals will finish up with exhibition games against the Brewers at Miller Park. (March 23-24). They will not play in Omaha. Kansas City was 4-2 against Baltimore last...
Aug 19, 2019
Royals Review Radio: The checking in on other rebuilds episode

Royals Review Radio: The checking in on other rebuilds episode

How are the rebuilds in Miami, Detroit, and Chicago going? We’re taking a week off from talking Royals baseball to look at other rebuilding teams around baseball. Our Max Rieper talks to Luis Davila at Fish Stripes, to discuss the Marlins, Rob Rogacki at Bless You Boys, to discuss the Tigers, and Brett Ballantini at South Side Sox, to discuss the White Sox. Among the topics we discuss: Will Marlins ownership commit to spending money once they are ready to compete? Is the Tigers front office up to the task of rebuilding? Are the White Sox closer than other rebuilding teams to competing and...
Aug 19, 2019
Baltimore Orioles Series Preview: This series is less fun than 2014

Baltimore Orioles Series Preview: This series is less fun than 2014

Aug 18, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles second basemam Jonathan Villar (2) high fives Baltimore Orioles third baseman Renato Nunez (39) along with Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini (16) after hitting a three run home run during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher | Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports It’s only five years on the calendar, but there’s been an awful lot of losses since the Royals 2014 ALCS sweep. All eyes in baseball will be on Baltimore to see if the Royals and Orioles can be the first...
Aug 19, 2019
Dayton Moore’s free agent nightmare season mercifully comes to a close

Dayton Moore’s free agent nightmare season mercifully comes to a close

Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via It couldn’t have gone much worse. With Billy Hamilton designated for assignment the purge is complete. The Royals signed eight free agents who opened the season in Kansas City. All are gone. In some cases, there were trades. In others, underperformance and/or trade deadline factors led to a release. Some players have found new clubs. Others—including Hamilton as of this writing—have not. This is Dayton Moore’s annus horribilis. Of course, not all was lost. Martin Maldonado was signed out of necessity once Salvador Perez hit the injured...
Aug 19, 2019
Assessing the progress of the Royals’ rebuild

Assessing the progress of the Royals’ rebuild

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports And how are the Royals stacking up? Following the 2015 World Series win, I was one of many who called for a fire sale of the Royals best assets. I was not an official writer Kevin at the time, posting under the moniker ‘mrandersonmm”. Fishing through some comments I made at the time, I find this: Keeping them together in 2017, and only reaping draft pick compensation for losing them is the recipe for several years of non-contention. A fire sale is the recipe for, hopefully, only a year or two of non-contention and then another 3-5 year window of...
Aug 19, 2019
Royals Rumblings - News for August 19, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for August 19, 2019

Photo by Mike Zarrilli/ When will Duffman return? Royals Rumblings - News for August 19, 2019 Danny Duffy will throw another simulated game on Tuesday, writes Lynn Worthy. “Everything is right on schedule,” Royals manager Ned Yost said on Saturday. “It was less than two weeks ago. His effort, according to the Rapsodo, on his sides is game-like. We just need to get him up to around 60 pitches and then he’ll be ready to go.” Yost said sending Duffy on a rehab assignment was a consideration, but it didn’t make a lot of sense with both the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates on the...
Aug 18, 2019
Bullpen blows Royals chance to win series

Bullpen blows Royals chance to win series

Peter G. Aiken The final score was 11-5. The Royals took a late-inning lead into a baseball game against the Mets. That’s worked out pretty well in the past. This time, it did not. Oh, heavens, it did not. New York beat Kansas City, 11-5, after training by a run entering the seventh inning. Glenn Sparkman rebounded from a rough first inning by cruising through the next six, but his work was completely undone by the bullpen. We’ll get there, though. So the Mets get a three-run homer in the first inning and the Royals slowly but surely come back throughout the course of the game. Ryan...
Aug 18, 2019
Sunday Thread: Rubber Match vs. Mets

Sunday Thread: Rubber Match vs. Mets

William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports Sunday baseball. It’s a chance to take a series for the Royals! They take on the Mets at 1:15 pm CDT.
Aug 18, 2019
Here are your 1981 Kansas City Royals

Here are your 1981 Kansas City Royals

Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via The players go on strike. Donkey Kong and MTV made their debuts. Metallica forms in Los Angeles. Muhammad Ali fought for the last time and the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox played the longest professional baseball game ever, a 33 inning, 8 hour and 25-minute affair. Raiders of the Lost Ark dominated at the movie theater. The music scene was grim. John Lennon and REO Speedwagon had a couple of hits but the rest of the year was mostly unadulterated trash. Do you remember what the #1 song was of 1981? Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes. Is...
Aug 17, 2019
Royals no match for deGrom, Lagares; lose 4-1

Royals no match for deGrom, Lagares; lose 4-1

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ There weren’t many positives to take away from this one One take you’re going to hear a lot of in other places is that Jakob Junis pitched better than his line. Part of the reason you’ll hear that is because two of his three runs allowed scored on an infield single by Mets first baseman Pete Alonso. And, yeah, it was a pretty fluky play. But to say Junis pitched better than that is to ignore his entire night. Before we get too deep into this I want to make one thing clear: Jakob Junis pitched 6.1 innings and allowed three runs. That’s not a bad night at...