6:30 AM EDT, Fri September 21, 2018
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Lopez gets rocked as the Royals fall 11-8 to the Tigers in a shootout

Lopez gets rocked as the Royals fall 11-8 to the Tigers in a shootout

Ned Yost could have used Patrick Mahomes in this one Coming off back-to-back one-run performances in Pittsburgh, the Royals offense seemed destined for another rough night. They were facing a hot left-hander in Daniel Boyd, who came into the night with a 2.95 ERA in three September starts. Combine that with the fact that Kansas City is among the worst offensive units in the league against left-handed pitching and you don’t exactly have a winning recipe. Similarly, the Tigers came into the evening having scored just six runs in their last series and facing a pitcher in Jorge Lopez who...
11 hours ago
Game CLII: Royals at Tigers

Game CLII: Royals at Tigers

Jorge Lopez (ribs) is expected to start When Hunter Dozier ran into Jorge Lopez attempting to run down a high chopper just behind the mound, there was nothing to suggest anything was wrong. If I saw the highlight without the benefit of the “Lopez collides with Dozier” headline, I would have thought the highlight was the Willians Astudillo infield single. Lopez would record three more outs before head trainer Nick Kenney was summoned after a Robbie Grossman single in the 5th. He exited the game with a rib contusion, which was largely overshadowed by Salvador Perez’s walk-off grand...
16 hours ago
Detroit Tigers series preview: Does the fun ever start?

Detroit Tigers series preview: Does the fun ever start?

The least interesting series ever comes to life Is it possible for a series to be less interesting than a Royals/White Sox series? Time will tell as the Kansas City Royals venture into Comerica Park to face the Detroit Tigers. These teams have played each other a bunch, yet it seems like maybe they haven’t played each other at all because there’s not one memorable thing that happened in any of the previous series between these down-on-their-luck clubs this year. Game times and pitching matchups are as follows: Thursday, September 20 — 6:10 PM CDT — Jorge Lòpez versus Matthew...
18 hours ago
Firing Ned Yost makes no sense, you guys

Firing Ned Yost makes no sense, you guys

Why is this a thing? As an editor for Royals Review, I see an awful lot of fan feedback even beyond what our readers contribute in the comment section below each post. I have seen some stuff, man. On more than one occasion, we have had people message our Facebook page thinking that we are the Kansas City Royals organization.* Every vaguely racist or sexist opinion that a fan could have? Seen it. The best and worst trade ideas sincerely offered? Seen both. *SPOILER: we are not. Do not make us attempt to hit a 70 MPH fastball, let alone a 95 MPH one. There would be hospital trips involved....
20 hours ago
Royals Minor League Season in Review: Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Royals Minor League Season in Review: Northwest Arkansas Naturals

The Nats were pretty even Steven this year. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals have seen virtually all recent Royals stars in their dress rehearsal before they began their Major League careers. The Royals have typically used AA as their last big stop to face other top prospects, figuring AAA is more for veteran players. Some weaker draft classes has thinned out the talent at the top of the Royals minor league system, however, and the Naturals were left with few high upside prospects this season. They still managed to finish at .500 this year, going exactly 35-35 in both the first and second...
Sep 19, 2018
Royals lose their 100th game to the Pirates with another 10 to go

Royals lose their 100th game to the Pirates with another 10 to go

UGHHHH PLEASE FILL IN RELEVANT PORTIONS AND CROSS OUT UNUSED ONES. THANK YOU. TODAY/TONIGHT, the Kansas City Royals lost to the PITTSBURGH PIRATES CITY TEAM NAME by a score of 2-1 SCORE. The PIRATES TEAM NAME simply overpowered a flailing Royals squad, who did not have enough oomph to get the job done. It began with HEATH FILLMYER KANSAS CITY ROYALS STARTER. The INEXPERIENCED YOUNGSTER/AGING VETERAN had some nice moments, but was ultimately unable to contain PITTSBURGH CITY. His biggest problems came in PROBABLY THE FIFTH INNING, BUT ALSO MAYBE THE FIRST INNING, when PITTSBURGH TEAM NAME...
Sep 19, 2018
Game 152 Thread: Royals vs. Pirates Finale

Game 152 Thread: Royals vs. Pirates Finale

Insert emotion here Remember that ten-day stretch where the Kansas City Royals were great? That was fun! Since the All-Star break, the Royals have gone 25-31. That’s still pretty trash but not quite 90-loss trash and definitely not 100-loss trash. But, really, they’ve been pretty awful. The Royals are going to try to avoid getting swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight in a game that roughly eight people are going to pay attention to, and I am one of those persons. Here’s the Royals lineup: The #Royals close out their series in Pittsburgh with Heath Fillmyer on the hill....
Sep 19, 2018
Whit Merrifield has been, by far, the best 29-year old in baseball this season

Whit Merrifield has been, by far, the best 29-year old in baseball this season

How do players like Whit perform in their age 30 season? How should this affect his status with the team? Whit Merrifield has posted 4.5 fWAR in 2018 as a 29-year old. The next closest 29-year old to Whit in terms of fWAR is Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte, with 3.1. One question that I find myself asking on a regular basis is, “Can Whit Merrifield sustain this kind of success moving forward?” It’s a fair question and I think plenty of folks have tried to answer it in one way or another. The importance of Whit Merrifield sustaining success past his age-29 season, in which he’s been...
Sep 19, 2018
A look at the Royals’ success over the last month

A look at the Royals’ success over the last month

A lousy season becomes a bit more fun. You’ve probably noticed but in case you haven’t, the Kansas City Royals have been playing good baseball as of late. The team is 16-14 over their last 30 games and 12-8 over the last 20. It has felt like night and day in comparison with how the Royals performed during the first two months of the season. So what has changed to cause all this winning? The most obvious answer is the influx of young talent in the Royals lineup on a daily basis. Ryan O’Hearn, Adalberto Mondesi, Hunter Dozier and Brett Phillips have all become regulars for Kansas City...
Sep 19, 2018
Royals Rumblings - News for September 19, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for September 19, 2018

Speed kills. Royals Rumblings - News for September 19, 2018 In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam heaps praise on Adalberto Mondesi. Mondesi is a comet. The thing I hear baseball people say about him the most often — and baseball people are talking a lot about him right now — is that he can change or even dominate a game in so many ways. He can help win a game with a diving catch, or by throwing someone out from the hole. He can turn a cleanly fielded ball by the pitcher into a single. He can win by scoring from first on a double. He can also win in the obvious ways, like home runs into the...
Sep 18, 2018
Strikeouts, bad bullpen, questionable managing lead to Royals loss

Strikeouts, bad bullpen, questionable managing lead to Royals loss

That one felt long. This was just an overall sloppy game that was not exciting to watch. A long, drawn out, performance of offensive ineptitude, an incapable bullpen, and terrible managing strategy (not one of Yost’s more finer games). For the majority of the game, the score sat at 0-0, with Eric Skoglund turning in one of his more steady outings of the season, twirling off six scoreless innings with only three hits and no walks allowed. The Royals bats were held in check by Pirates headliner Jameson Taillon, as he allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings, striking out 11 and only...
Sep 18, 2018
Game Thread 151: Royals at Pirates

Game Thread 151: Royals at Pirates

Skoglund vs Taillon. The Royals will look to even things up in the second game of this meaningless game series against the Pirates. Call it for funsies! Eric Skolgund will be making his second start since returning from the disabled list. The Pirates will send out one of the more reliable starters in all of baseball this year in Jameson Taillon. Royals Lineup Royals at Pirates: Merrifield 4, Mondesi 6, Gordon 7, Perez 2, O'Hearn 3, Bonifacio 9, Goodwin 8, Escobar 5, Skoglund 1 (vs. RHP Taillon)— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) September 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018
The bullpen is going to drag this team down for a while

The bullpen is going to drag this team down for a while

2019 will be more of the same The Kansas City Royals have lost 98 games, which is impressive considering that they still have a few weeks left in this season. That being said, the Royals have been a completely different team before and after the All-Star break. In the first half of the season, the Royals put up an unsightly .284 winning percentage, a 116-loss pace over a full season. But after the break the Royals have won at a .463 clip, an 87-loss place over the course of a full season. They have done so not by mere fluke, but by an entirely different approach to roster construction....
Sep 18, 2018
Whit can play anywhere, so where should he play in 2019?

Whit can play anywhere, so where should he play in 2019?

Could Nicky Lopez push Whit somewhere else on the field? Whit Merrifield has easily been the team’s MVP this year, and according to Fangraphs, one of the top 25 most valuable position players in all of baseball. He won’t even be eligible for arbitration until after next season, so the Royals will retain his services for several more seasons if they want to. The breakout season by Adalberto Mondesi has given the Royals perhaps their best double-play combination since the days of Cookie Rojas and Freddie Patek in the early 70s. But complicating matters is the emergence of minor league...
Sep 18, 2018
Royals Rumblings - News for September 18, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for September 18, 2018

I like this Keller feller. Royals Rumblings - News for September 18, 2018 Brad Keller didn’t have his best stuff, but he was able to grind for six innings. “I obviously didn’t have my best command today, especially early on,” Keller said. “But the changeup started to come on late, so I tried to roll with that. I felt like I had a few more innings, and then that seventh inning -- base hit up the middle and then kind of a cheap hit right there got me out of that game. But definitely a grind one.” Rany Jazayerli at The Athletic looks at whether Keller can continue his success. To...