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2020 Season in Review: Brad Keller

2020 Season in Review: Brad Keller

Photo by Ed Zurga/ The right-handed pitcher continued to find success in 2020. If there are any people with a better seat on the “Strikeouts are the lifeblood of pitchers” train than me, there can’t be many. There are many arguments about why that might or might not be true but, for me, it boils down to this: If a pitcher strikes a batter out he doesn’t have to rely on good luck or fear bad luck on a ball that has been put into play. If you’re not familiar with the term, “Seeing-eye single” it refers to a batted ball that was hit very poorly but managed to find a hole in...
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Royals Rumblings - News for October 24, 2020

Royals Rumblings - News for October 24, 2020

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Walker Buehler is good at throwing baseballs The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead last night after another barn-burner. There’s been 29 runs scored in 3 games and I love it. Both teams have great pitching staffs which goes to show you how great these lineups are. My personal prediction was Dodgers in 5, but at this point I’m just rooting for 7 games. I don’t want this wonderfully weird season of baseball to end! Not a lot doing on the Royals front in the last 24 hours. So let’s move on to the other rumblings. New York Representative Alexandria...
Oct 23, 2020
World Series Game 3 Thread

World Series Game 3 Thread

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Rays vs. Dodgers A pivotal Game 3 is on tap today. A beautiful pitching matchup: Walker Buehler vs. Charlie Morton. First pitch is at 7:08 pm CDT.
Oct 23, 2020
Most Beloved (Obscure) Royals: Elite Eight

Most Beloved (Obscure) Royals: Elite Eight

Got nothin’ better to do, right? | Photo by Focus on Sport/ Remember how we were voting on this before the season? Well, we never finished. During the prolonged offseason, we pondered a lot of things and reminisced about our favorite Royals, leading to this series, where we voted on our favorite Royals that aren’t among the team’s all-time greats, either because of longevity or because they, well, just weren’t all that great. We started off with more than seventy names and got down to 16 when the two-month season rudely interrupted. I got too busy to write for a couple of weeks,...
Oct 23, 2020
Lesky’s Notes: Gold is a good color on the Royals

Lesky’s Notes: Gold is a good color on the Royals

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Alex could win his eighth and Nicky could win his first. In this far too short season, we’re guaranteed just three more games of baseball with a maximum of five. For teams not in the postseason, the ending of it all actually is sort of nice as it brings them back to some level of relevance, but after only getting the 60 regular season games, I’m not ready for that. I just want some baseball. And while the fall camp rolls on in Arizona for the Royals, they’ve ended the one in Kansas City. Which makes sense. The weather is turning and many of them spent...
Oct 23, 2020
Royals Rumblings - News for October 23, 2020

Royals Rumblings - News for October 23, 2020

Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY The Fridays Rumblings Generation As mentioned here, the Gold Glove Finalists were announced yesterday. If you’re wondering why it only mentioned Alex Gordon, there was a little silliness as Nicky Lopez was originally forgotten by Rawlings. No one had more Outs Above Average per Statcast than Nicky Lopez. Yet he is not even a Gold Glove finalist. Pretty ridiculous. https://t.co/djm6gEBq4N— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) October 22, 2020 But they later went back and corrected it: Guess what. Rawlings Twitter made a mistake. Nicky Lopez IS a Gold Glove...
Oct 22, 2020
Alex Gordon named a finalist, with a shot to win his eighth Gold Glove

Alex Gordon named a finalist, with a shot to win his eighth Gold Glove

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Nicky Lopez and Salvador Pérez are snubbed Alex Gordon has been named a finalist for the American League Gold Glove Award in left field, giving him a chance to win his eighth Gold Glove of his career. If Gordon would win, he would tie Frank White for most Gold Gloves in club history. Gordon led American League left-fielders in Defensive Runs Above Average, according to Fangraphs, was tops in Outfield Arm Runs, and second in assists. Other finalists in left field include Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. of the Blue Jays and Kyle Tucker of the Astros. Gordon has won seven Gold...
Oct 22, 2020
Hulu drops Fox Sports Kansas City, leaving cord-cutters with few options

Hulu drops Fox Sports Kansas City, leaving cord-cutters with few options

Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Hulu joins Youtube TV and Sling as services that won’t carry Royals games. Hulu announced to customers today that they are the latest streaming service to drop Fox regional sports networks, including Fox Sports Kansas City. YouTube TV nearly dropped the channels before the season, then did drop the channels earlier this month, and Sling TV dropped them last year. DISH Network, a satellite service, also dropped the channels in 2019. Oh look, this run around again. You’ve got 5 months to figure this out @hulu and...
Oct 22, 2020
The Royals have a lot of financial flexibility going forward

The Royals have a lot of financial flexibility going forward

Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Money can be used in exchange for goods and services. The Royals have lost 63 percent of their games over the last three seasons as they have tried to get a look at younger players, but there are rumblings that the Royals are done with rebuilding and are looking to win now. The Royals improved to 26-34 last year, and have an impressive collection of pitching prospects coming up. But if they really want to start seriously contending, they will need to add some talent from outside the organization in the next few...
Oct 22, 2020
Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2020

Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2020

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The Royals want to win. Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2020 In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam writes that the Royals are looking to win now. If they make a significant trade, the one that would make the most sense could be trading from a place of strength (starting pitching) for a place of need (position players, particularly outfielders). There are other factors at play, though. The front office has a new owner that just paid a billion dollars for the team, then immediately got blasted with a season that wrecked everyone’s financials. That owner has...
Oct 21, 2020
World Series Game 2 thread

World Series Game 2 thread

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Rays will try to even up the series. World Series Game 2: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Blake Snell (2-2, 3.20 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 9.95 ERA) First pitch - 7:08 p.m. CT Dodgers lead series 1-0 Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas How to watch: FOX World Series Game 2 https://t.co/yQ10y3Nz9R pic.twitter.com/BFHYL1yPM1— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 21, 2020 Tonight's lineup vs. Rays:#WorldSeries | #LATogether pic.twitter.com/nHNnlGRb78— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 21, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
The extra innings rule is good, actually

The extra innings rule is good, actually

Bryce Harper #3 and Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after Bohm hit a walk off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on September 3, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 6-5 in extra innings. | Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Fewer long extra innings contests and more excitement There are three things in life that are a surety: death, taxes, and baseball people complaining when things change. To be fair, humans in general complain when things change. We like just enough change...
Oct 21, 2020
SBN Reacts: Fans are rooting for the Rays to win the World Series

SBN Reacts: Fans are rooting for the Rays to win the World Series

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports Fans also predict the Rays to win it in six. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts (formerly known as SB Nation Fanpulse), a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Royals fans, sign up HERE to join SBN Reacts. The World Series is here, and we asked SB Nation Reacts fans who they thought would win the Fall Classic between the Dodgers and Rays, and in how many games (this was before L.A.’s Game One win). Fans not only think the Rays will win, but they’re pulling for them as well. ...
Oct 21, 2020
2020 Season in Review: Ryan O’Hearn

2020 Season in Review: Ryan O’Hearn

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports How many years of “bad luck” before we take luck out of it? Your grandkids may not believe it, but there was a time when Ryan O’Hearn looked like a potential cornerstone for the next winning Royals team. No no, it’s true. He came up in 2018 and hit 12 homers in 44 games and slugged almost .600. He worked walks. He even hit two triples. But alas, that moment was fleeting. Armed with high hopes in 2019, many hid behind the cloak of bad luck for O’Hearn, but well, he wasn’t that unlucky. But still, there was hope for the still young enough first...
Oct 21, 2020
Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2020

Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2020

MFW there are tacos | Minda Haas Kuhlmann Free tacos! At Kings of Kauffman, Shawn Bauman assesses the Royals’ overall hitting and it is not pretty: Hitting coach Terry Bradshaw has been with the organization for two decades and is well-respected. Since being named to his current role, however, he has overseen the worst three-year stretch of traditional statistics in franchise history. The personnel he has been given may speak to some of this, but even in the lost years of 1995-2010, the hitting was not this bad. Historically, Kansas City is going to shatter a major league-low in...