12:21 AM EDT, Tue July 05, 2022
4 hours ago
Bullpen collapses, Royals lose 7-6

Bullpen collapses, Royals lose 7-6

Photo by Bob Levey/ There are positives to take from this game but the disappointment is still real. This game started out so well too. Whit Merrifield struck out swinging on what would have been ball four but the next four Royals all reached base and before Jonathan Heasley ever took the mound, Hunter Dozier’s two-RBI single had given him a lead to work with. In the second inning, the Royals scored another pair of runs, this time on an Andrew Benintendi single. Finally, in the third inning MJ Melendez smashed a home run into the right field, upper deck seats to give...
8 hours ago
Game thread LXXVIII: Royals at Astros

Game thread LXXVIII: Royals at Astros

Photo by David Durochik/Diamond Images via This could get painful Today the Royals open a four-game series against the Houston Astros. The Astros, if you haven’t been paying attention, have the second-most wins in baseball. The Royals are tied with the third-fewest. On paper, this series is unlikely to favor the Royals at all. But there’s a reason they actually play the games and hopefully among those reasons will be a Royals win this afternoon. The Royals will send rookie right-hander Jonathan Heasley to the mound. The bad news is that Heasley has not been...
12 hours ago
Houston Astros Series Preview: They are a lot better than the Royals

Houston Astros Series Preview: They are a lot better than the Royals

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Not only are the Astros good, but they’re playing about as well as possible right now too. It’s kind of hard to imagine how bad this might get. The Houston Astros recently completed a stretch of nine games against the Mets and Yankees, the best team in the NL and the best in the AL (and all of baseball) and went 7-2. They do everything well with maybe their bullpen their only minor weakness and that’s something I fully expect they’ll address at the trade deadline. What’s scary about their offense is that they’re so diverse....
Jul 3, 2022
A SUNDAY VICTORY! Royals 7, Tigers 4

A SUNDAY VICTORY! Royals 7, Tigers 4

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Finally, at long last, the Royals won on a Sunday! It was an unusual game and an even more bizarre viewing experience on Sunday afternoon, but the Royals picked up just their third Sunday victory of the season, beating the Detroit Tigers, 7-4 at Comerica Park. Let’s start with the broadcast. It was an “announcer-less broadcast,” or at least, that’s what it was dubbed by Peacock in the description. When people weren’t actually talking, it was a really cool viewing experience that made you feel like you were actually at the park....
Jul 3, 2022
Royals vs. Tigers morning game thread

Royals vs. Tigers morning game thread

Photo by Jamie Squire/ It’s Sunday morning; let’s play some ball! Good morning, Royals fans! Today’s morning matchup between the Kansas City Royals (28-48) and the Detroit Tigers (30-46) will begin at 11:05 a.m. central time. Brady Singer gets the nod for the Royals, who hope to bounce back from yesterday’s disheartening loss. Here’s how the Royals will line up behind him: Brady Singer heads to the mound for the deciding game of our series vs. the Tigers.#TogetherRoyal pic.twitter.com/aOUy472rqe— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 3, 2022 The Tigers will...
Jul 2, 2022
Royals blow it in the ninth, fall to Tigers 4-3

Royals blow it in the ninth, fall to Tigers 4-3

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Uggggggh. Again? Despite holding a lead into the ninth inning, the Royals bullpen coughed it up and allowed the Tigers to come back and win 4-3. The loss moves the Royals to 1.5 games back of Detroit for fourth place in the AL Central. Kansas City got off to a hot start in the top of the first. With the bases loaded and one out, Hunter Dozier roped an RBI-double to make it 2-0. However, the Tigers responded with a run in the home half to cut the lead in half. A Doz double to drive in two will do!TV: Bally Sports Kansas CityStream:...
Jul 2, 2022
Royals vs. Tigers

Royals vs. Tigers

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Series win? Kansas City Royals (28-47) @ Detroit Tigers (29-46) LHP Kris Bubic (1-5, 7.45 ERA) vs. RHP Beau Brieske (1-6, 4.55 ERA) First pitch — 3:10 p.m. CT Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Tonight’s Lineup: Here's how we will take the field behind Kris Bubic this afternoon in Detroit.#TogetherRoyal pic.twitter.com/uBPCZ3W0On— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 2, 2022
Jul 2, 2022
Weekend Rumblings - News for July 2, 2022

Weekend Rumblings - News for July 2, 2022

Photo by Duane Burleson/ Vinnie goes yard for the first time in the big leagues. Weekend Rumblings - News for July 2, 2022 Vinnie Pasquantino was thrilled about his first MLB home run, despite some confusion as to whether it was a home run. “I didn’t really imagine anything, but I’m really happy with how it went, and I think I’m a little bit happier that there was some drama involved with it,” Pasquantino said. “I got tagged out by Javy Báez on second base on my first career homer; that’s pretty cool.” Sam McDowell writes about Vinnie’s fast track to...
Jul 1, 2022
Vinnie drills first MLB homer, Keller shines in 3-1 Royals win

Vinnie drills first MLB homer, Keller shines in 3-1 Royals win

Photo by Duane Burleson/ The Italian Nightmare scares his first victim. Vinnie Pasquantino laced his first Major League hit, a home run, and Brad Keller tossed six shutout innings in a 3-1 Royals win over the Tigers in Detroit Friday night to open the series. The Royals got the scoring going in the third inning off Michael Pineda when Whit Merrifield hit a one-out double. He stole third to tie Bobby Witt Jr. for the team lead with his 12th stolen base. Andrew Benintendi continued his steady hitting with an RBI single to make it 1-0 Royals. But the Royals saved their...
Jul 1, 2022
Royals vs. Tigers Friday game thread

Royals vs. Tigers Friday game thread

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Rawr. The Royals and Tigers face off this weekend in Detroit with two of the three worst records in the American League (thanks Athletics!). Both teams were expecting to be further along in their rebuilds than this, and a recent column at Yahoo Sports! asks whether or not the teams should just admit the rebuild has turned into just plain losing. But perhaps brighter days are ahead for the boys in blue. Bobby Witt Jr. is catching fire (.316/.365/.566 over his last 20 games), MJ Melendez has been solid, and Vinnie Pasquantino is...
Jul 1, 2022
Royals claim pitcher Ryan Weiss off waivers from Arizona, call Wyatt Mills up

Royals claim pitcher Ryan Weiss off waivers from Arizona, call Wyatt Mills up

Photo by John E. Moore III/ Matt Peacock is designated for assignment. The Royals announced they have claimed pitcher Ryan Weiss off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and have designated pitcher Matt Peacock for assignment. Weiss will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha and taking Peacock’s place on the roster will be pitcher Wyatt Mills, who was recently acquired from Seattle in the Carlos Santana trade. Weiss is a 25-year-old right-hander who was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft out of Wright State University. He had a 4.76 ERA with 15 strikeouts and just one...
Jul 1, 2022
Detroit Tigers Series Preview: Disappointing, meet disappointinger

Detroit Tigers Series Preview: Disappointing, meet disappointinger

Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK The Tigers had even higher hopes than the Royals this season, but the basement buddies remain together in 2022. Boy, the Detroit Tigers thought this was going to be their year to jump up in the standings and get back into contention. And it’s hard to argue with that thought process. They went 77-85 last year which was a huge improvement over previous years to start, but they did it after they started a pathetic 9-24. Their offense took a step forward and their pitching looked like it might be about to emerge with Tarik Skubal, Casey Mize...
Jul 1, 2022
Better know a draft prospect: Gavin Cross

Better know a draft prospect: Gavin Cross

Photo by Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire via The Virginia Tech outfielder has been linked to the Royals With the 2022 MLB amateur draft approaching on July 17, we will continue taking looks at some potential draft prospects for the Royals at #9. I last wrote about Jud Fabian, a boom-or-bust type outfielder out of Florida that Kansas City could look at for an underslot deal. Today, we’ll look at a less risky prospect with perhaps a lower ceiling: Virginia Tech outfielder Gavin Cross. Cross hails from Bristol, Tennessee. His father, Adam, briefly played minor league ball...
Jul 1, 2022
Lesky’s Notes: The draft is only about two weeks away

Lesky’s Notes: The draft is only about two weeks away

Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports Some thoughts on the talent in the draft, the Royals clubhouse, the fit of the position players and a plea to give Sherman some time. We know a little about losing baseball games in Kansas City, and with losing comes looking forward to the draft. Even if there’s pessimism and skepticism and any other negative -ism regarding the Royals ability to draft well or develop well or do either well, the draft is that time where there are possibilities. It’s the early spring training of a player’s professional career. Maybe Mike Stodolka really...
Jul 1, 2022
Royals Rumblings - News for July 1, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for July 1, 2022

Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via It’s Pasquantino Time. Royals Rumblings - News for July 1, 2022 Vahe Gregorian writes about the effect Zack Greinke has had on the rest of the pitching staff. “Every time I’ve seen him go out there, I feel like he executes his plan so well and (is) so calm, cool and collected …” said reliever Scott Barlow, who earned his 10th save on Wednesday. “That’s something I’ve picked up (from) him a lot: just how even he is at all times. And I think he’s never up or down. “And to do that over the amount of time...