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Jun 19, 2019
Royals Rumblings - News for June 19, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for June 19, 2019

Can Cuthbert cut it? Royals Rumblings - News for June 19, 2019 Lynn Worthy writes that Jorge Soler’s big season is due to preparation. “It’s part of growing,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It’s all part of getting here and learning how to establish yourself. It was the same thing with (Eric Hosmer) and (Mike Moustakas) and (Lorenzo) Cain and (Salvador Perez) and all those guys when they first got up. “None of them really understood what it meant to have a plan of attack because they were just so talented. In the minor leagues, they didn’t need it. When you get here,...
Jun 19, 2019
Offensive outburst oppresses overmatched Mariners as Royals win 9-0

Offensive outburst oppresses overmatched Mariners as Royals win 9-0

THE ROYALS WON A ROAD SERIES In a late night West Coast contest against the Seattle Mariners in another Battle for Grass Creek, the Kansas City Royals won 9-0. Whit Merrifield’s two-home run, six-RBI day was the focal point for the beatdown. By winning, the Royals won their first away series of the year. Nevermind that it’s June 18th. They did it! One of Merrifield’s comrades in this fight was Homer Bailey. Now, when Homer Bailey starts, you can be forgiven by recoiling just a little bit. The former Cincinnati Red pulled off the stunning feat of sporting a 6.25 ERA over a four-year...
Jun 18, 2019
Game 73 Thread: Royals vs Mariners

Game 73 Thread: Royals vs Mariners

Can the Royals win the road series??? I write this on Monday, June 17, the Year of Our Lord 2019. If you are wondering, “Gee, it seems like this is early to write the game thread; there aren’t any lineups available yet” you’d be correct. See, I forgot to post the game thread last week. It was not the first time I’ve done so this year. I do not want to continue forgetting. Hence this. Lineups will be filled in tomorrow, but for now I’m left trying to guess what happened on Monday as the precursor to this game. My guesses: A bullpen arm has a bad day Jorge Soler strokes a massive...
Jun 18, 2019
Power outage and the Royals current offensive malaise

Power outage and the Royals current offensive malaise

As the Royals have stopped hitting home runs, the entire offense has gone into the dumpster. You could be forgiven if you missed it. In the late evening/early morning, the Royals offense kicked to life in a come from behind victory against the Seattle Mariners. Jorge Soler hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth. Martin Maldonado tacked on an insurance blast in the ninth. The six runs the Royals tallied was the fourth time in 17 games they scored that many runs in a game. It followed a Sunday afternoon slog where the Royals plated eight runs to avoid a sweep in Minnesota. Maybe, just maybe,...
Jun 18, 2019
Names to know on the Idaho Falls Chukars this year

Names to know on the Idaho Falls Chukars this year

The Royals Pioneer League (R) affiliate has a veteran roster that is rolling early on. With short-season Minor League Baseball getting under way, it is a good time to catch up on the already Idaho Falls Chukars, the Royals’ affiliate in the advanced rookie ball Pioneer League. The Pioneer League is typically for new college draftees or returning players in the low minors. The league is notoriously offense friendly - last year teams averaged nearly six runs-per-game, and the average hitter hit .278/.349/.428. The Chukars have gotten off to a 4-0 start and have already had a couple of...
Jun 18, 2019
What is Jorge Soler’s trade value?

What is Jorge Soler’s trade value?

And is he really replacement level? It feels like it was five years ago when the Royals traded Wade Davis for Jorge Soler, and yet, Soler has just over 650 plate appearances as a Royal. Due to both injuries and poor play, Soler has been worth 0.9 WAR as a Royal, meanwhile Wade Davis has been worth 2.3 between the Cubs and Rockies. He’s mostly been unable to put it together, he either starts hitting well and gets injured, or he’s uninjured and has hit modestly (mainly 2019). The Royals haven’t committed to rebuilding and it’s not clear they would actually trade Soler, but that’s...
Jun 18, 2019
TWitM: Wow, Michael Gigliotti

TWitM: Wow, Michael Gigliotti

This Week in the Minors, Lexington CF Michael Gigliotti is on a tear as the Legends clinch the first half title. ‘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, June 10 through Sunday, June 16. AAA Omaha Storm Chasers (34-36) schedule | roster The Storm Chasers are not subject to the split season the other three full-season affiliates are, so there is no concern with first...
Jun 18, 2019
Royals Rumblings - News for June 18, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for June 18, 2019

THE ROYALS PLAYED A GAME ON A MONDAY! Rustin Dodd will be leaving Kansas City for New York. Rustin has been absolutely outstanding for Royals fans while covering the Royals fans. We wish him nothing but the best in the future! In my time at The Athletic Kansas City, I had the opportunity to tell stories of people like Carter Hope, a baseball prospect who came back from heroin addiction. I was able to get the reporter who was caught in the middle of Hal McRae’s telephone-throwing meltdown in 1993 to relive the experience 25 years later. And while Joel Embiid has become one of the NBA’s...
Jun 18, 2019
Royals flex their muscles late as they comeback to win, 6-4

Royals flex their muscles late as they comeback to win, 6-4

SOLER POWER When the Mariners left Kansas City back in April, nothing seemed to be halting their inferno lineup. Drilling home runs left and right, the 13-2 record surprised the rest of the league, especially after the moves they made in the offseason to sell. However since then, Seattle had won only 18 of the next 60 games. Making it 18 of 61 games thanks to Jorge Soler flexing his muscles late, the Royals stole game one from the Mariners 6-4. With Seattle tossing out an opener for the top of the first in Tayler Scott, Kansas City wasted no time in pouncing on the Mariners first pitcher....
Jun 17, 2019
Seattle Mariners Series Preview: They’re having a fire...sale!

Seattle Mariners Series Preview: They’re having a fire...sale!

Everything must go! Low low prices! But they’ve still got big beefy boy Daniel Vogelbach. The Seattle Mariners roared out of the gates in 2019 and by the third week of the season, they were the biggest story and the talk of the league. After sweeping the Royals in Kansas City, they were 13-2 and scoring runs by the dozens and hitting almost as many home runs. Then they lost five in a row and are 18-42 since then. That’s a pace for 48 or 49 wins over the course of a full season. And it’s not going to get better. They’ve already traded Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion. They’re still...
Jun 17, 2019
Can this team have a .500 month?

Can this team have a .500 month?

It could happen in July or August Rather than go on and on about how bad this season has been, I want to take a few moments to look ahead and see if there is any light at the end of the tunnel. Suppose the Royals stand mostly pat at the deadline (which seems unlikely, but for the sake of argument). Perhaps they jettison a few parts (Hamilton, Duda, Maldonado, a few bullpen pieces) and replace them with similar production from AAA/AAAA players already in the organisation, but maintain the roster otherwise. Is this a squad that could win more games than they lose in a month? And if so,...
Jun 17, 2019
Should the Royals bring Mike Moustakas back in 2020?

Should the Royals bring Mike Moustakas back in 2020?

Does it make sense to bring back the fan favorite? Could Mike Moustakas return to Kansas City in 2020? I know what you’re thinking. Nostalgic. Sentimental. Living in the past. All these terms can be muttered when dreaming of recreating a memory that once was. As fans continue to suffer through a second season of miserable baseball, it seems timely to mention that only six players remain that played in a single game for the Royals in 2015. Alex Gordon, Adalberto Mondesi, Cheslor Cuthbert, Danny Duffy, Terrance Gore, and Salvador Perez are the last pieces of that World Series bunch just...
Jun 17, 2019
Royals Rumblings - News for June 17, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for June 17, 2019

The Royals win for the dads. Royals Rumblings - News for June 17, 2019 Ned Yost praised Wily Peralta’s performance in their win over the Twins on Sunday. “He came in on the attack,” Yost said of Peralta. “That’s the best stuff I’ve seen him have all year. He was just lights out.” Peralta said his stuff was, indeed, exceptional. “I feel like my last two outings here were pretty much the best I felt all year,” Peralta said. “I was locating my pitches and made good pitches when I had to.” Sam Mellinger writes about the mounting losses for the Royals. “We expected...
Jun 16, 2019
Royals avoid sweep by beating Twins, 8-6

Royals avoid sweep by beating Twins, 8-6

After disappointing mothers everywhere by getting destroyed on Mother’s Day, the Royals came through for the dads out there, beating the Twins, 8-6. Also, these guys are the best in the world at losing a ton of games but not getting swept very often. Second inning: Jorge Bonifacio got his first hit since re-joining the team by reaching on an infield single, scoring Jorge Soler. Martin Maldonado and Whit Merrifield also hit run-scoring singles in the frame, giving the Royals a 3-0 lead. Minnesota would score two runs to climb back, but a two-run seventh inning helped the Royals get their...
Jun 16, 2019
Sunday Thread: AL’s Best vs. AL’s Second Worst

Sunday Thread: AL’s Best vs. AL’s Second Worst

Guess which one the Royals are? 22-48. In the 13th year of a tenure. #NotMyGM The Royals, still without a road series win as we hit Father’s Day, will try to avoid getting swept by Minnesota.