12:30 AM EDT, Mon June 25, 2018
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Astros boat-race Royals to win series

Astros boat-race Royals to win series

Yuck. People actually think the Royals are going to get anything for Jason Hammel at the trade deadline? Ok, people. Ok. Hammel gave up eight runs in a game-deciding second inning. The Royals lost 11-3. Here is the second inning of death for the Astros: double, single, out, walk, catcher’s interference (1-0), out, walk (2-0), two-run single (4-0), walk, grand slam (8-0). The Royals scored three runs: a Lucas Duda (welcome back) home run, a Rosell Herrera single, and an Abraham Almonte sacrifice fly. There really isn’t much to say here. Hammel was rocked for nine runs in four innings....
10 hours ago
Sunday Thread: Fighting Escobars at Astros

Sunday Thread: Fighting Escobars at Astros

Number 410 in a row for the worst every day player in baseball! Alcides Escobar is playing shortstop today! Adalberto Mondesi continues to sit on 1 professional start at his so-called future position. The Royals’ lineup is pitiful as they embark on a quest to win a series with the World Series champions. Jason Hammel vs. Gerrit Cole.
Jun 23, 2018
Royals defense, bullpen implode. 4-3 Astros in 12 innings

Royals defense, bullpen implode. 4-3 Astros in 12 innings

Ian Kennedy pitched well enough to convince A.J. Pierzynski that he had some trade value, too. Ian Kennedy pitched exceptionally well, today. There’s no doubt about that. He went seven innings and struck out five. Five is also the number of hits (4) and walks (1) he allowed. Kennedy really only found trouble in the fourth inning when Jose Altuve doubled with one out, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Carlos Correa sacrifice fly. Things looked like they might get a bit out of hand when Yuli Gurriel followed that up with a solo shot just barely into the Crawford Boxes in...
Jun 23, 2018
Royals reportedly considering signing convicted child molestor Luke Heimlich

Royals reportedly considering signing convicted child molestor Luke Heimlich

The left-hander has talent, but a sordid past. The Royals are “exploring the possibility” of signing Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, according to Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star. The left-hander is considered a top talent that could have been selected in the first few rounds of the draft, but went unselected because he is a convicted child molester. Dayton Moore seemed to confirm that the team is looking into Heimlich, but did not give any indication the team was close to a deal. “We continue to seek information that allows us to be comfortable in pursuing Luke,”...
Jun 23, 2018
Gamethread LXXVI: Royals at Astros

Gamethread LXXVI: Royals at Astros

One team has World Series aspirations the other is trying, inexplicably, to avoid the first overall draft pick. We all can agree that the Royals are not good, yes? We can also agree that the Astros are very good, correct? Then you would assume today’s contest was going to be difficult, to begin with. But, well, maybe it won’t be so bad? The Royals will send Ian Kennedy to the mound, today. You may recall that Ian Kennedy is a flyball pitcher and that Houston has a park that is very rewarding toward hitters who hit flyballs. This does not sound promising. But here’s the weird thing:...
Jun 23, 2018
Did you remember that Lucas Duda is on this team? Well he’s back.

Did you remember that Lucas Duda is on this team? Well he’s back.

Paulo Orlando is shipped to Omaha. Lucas Duda hit a long home run on Opening Day and then we kinda forgot about him for awhile. He got off to a pretty good start, but after April 13, he hit .233/.296/.344 over his next 22 games before landing on the disabled list in mid-May with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of tissue in the foot he aggravated when the stepped on something in the clubhouse. Well Duda is back, as the Royals activated him from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Paulo Orlando to Omaha. Orlando hit just .177/.207/.215 with 23 strikeouts in 22 games and his days with...
Jun 23, 2018
Hok Talk: It’s beginning to feel a lot like ‘05

Hok Talk: It’s beginning to feel a lot like ‘05

The flashbacks are coming on strong It’s beginning to feel a lot like oh-fiveMaaaaan, this team baaaaaadTake a look in the stadium Royals can’t win againIt feels like no one has a clue; it’s saaaaaaaad Losing has a way of warping the memory. Yeah, we all know intellectually that the Royals won a world series less than three years ago but it feels like much, much longer. Heck. It feels like two years since I was reading comments from fans about how this team was terrible but at least felt watchable. It’s been two weeks. But there’s even more about this team to remind of us of the...
Jun 23, 2018
Weekend Rumblings - News for June 23, 2018

Weekend Rumblings - News for June 23, 2018

Will we laugh about this season someday? Weekend Rumblings - News for June 23, 2018 Sam Mellinger details the ineptitude of the Royals and whether we can laugh at this in a few years. No group of hitters has been so thoroughly outranked by its peers since the 2011 Mariners. No group of pitchers has been so thoroughly outclassed since, well, since the 1970 White Sox and that’s not a typo. Tommy John led that team in innings, five years before his surgery. The Royals, as a reminder, are doing both. They did not do that in 2006, when Mark Redman made the All-Star team. The did not do it in...
Jun 22, 2018
Future of the Royals shines bright in 1-0 win in Houston

Future of the Royals shines bright in 1-0 win in Houston

Adalberto Mondesi and Rosell Herrera came through with big hits when it mattered most. Hopefully, we all just got a glimpse of what the future holds for the Kansas City Royals. With Adalberto Mondesi and Rosell Herrera leading the way, a ninth-inning rally broke a scoreless deadlock to lift the Royals to a 1-0 win in Houston. Against the defending World Series champions, it was Kansas City who came through in the clutch late. Facing closer Ken Giles, Mondesi led off with a clean single to center before stealing second base. After advancing to third on a flyout, up came Rosell Herrera, who...
Jun 22, 2018
Royals vs. Astros Friday Open thread

Royals vs. Astros Friday Open thread

The Royals are going to sweep this series, because baseball. The Astros are good. Very good. The Royals are bad. Very bad. But baseball is funny. Remember the time Runelvys Hernandez outdueled Roy Halladay? In small sample sizes anything can happe. There’s no reason this team can’t go out and win two out of three this weekend. Okay, maybe win one game and lose close? Okay, how bout we will at least score a run past the sixth inning this weekend? Is that possible? Alcides Escobar makes his first Major League start in centerfield tonight, in an unfamiliar ballpark with a flyball pitcher...
Jun 22, 2018
Fanpost Friday: more all-time Royals lineups!

Fanpost Friday: more all-time Royals lineups!

Who do you think is the best? Last week, I asked you all to come up with your all-time Royals lineup. Do you choose Carlos Beltran or Lorenzo Cain in center field? Mike Sweeney or Eric Hosmer at first? Greg Holland or Jeff Montgomery as closer? Lots of questions to answer. Reader jayhawkkirk submitted a fantastic Fanpost with lots of good reasoning and an interesting lineup. Here’s what he came up with: 1. Willie Wilson 2. Hal McRae 3. George Brett 4. John Mayberry 5. Darrell Porter 6. Al Cowens 7. Alex Gordon 8. Frank White 9. Freddie Patek jawhawkkirk selected Brett Saberhagen and Dan...
Jun 22, 2018
Houston Astros series preview: Here comes trouble

Houston Astros series preview: Here comes trouble

Kansas City travels to the Juice Box to face the reigning World Champs The Houston Astros are absolutely rolling. The Kansas City Royals are in the midst of a miserable month (two wins in June). This has all the makings of a bloodbath. Game times and pitching matchups are as follows: Friday, June 22 — 7:10 PM CDT — Danny Duffy (L) versus Dallas Keuchel (L) Saturday, June 23 — 6:15 PM CDT — Ian Kennedy versus Lance McCullers Jr. Sunday, June 24 — 1:10 PM CDT — Jason Hammel versus Justin Verlander All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs Well, none of these...
Jun 22, 2018
Are the Royals having the worst month in franchise history?

Are the Royals having the worst month in franchise history?

Get ready for a heavyweight bout with the 1992 and 2005 squads I come from a somewhat unique generation of Royals fans. It seems that most Royals fans who converged onto the scene in 2014 and 2015 were primarily made up of two demographics. There were the fans that had been waiting since 1985 for the Royals to return to glory and there were the fans who weren’t huge baseball fans before Kansas City started winning games. I was neither. I grew up on the early 2000’s Royals, so my earliest baseball memories are somewhat horrific. The best baseball memory I had as a child was the 2003...
Jun 22, 2018
Alex Gordon is getting better by going against the fly-ball revolution

Alex Gordon is getting better by going against the fly-ball revolution

He’s better to a degree. After a career-worst season last year, it looked like any hope of Alex Gordon ever returning to a respectable level of play was down the drain. He had taken his decline to a new floor, losing power and losing his superb-plate skills by a significant margin. For a huge majority of 2017, he looked lost at the plate. With pitchers constantly overmatching him, he looked like he didn’t belong at this level of play. Fast-forward to March and April of this year and things get even worse. Hitting an ugly .127/.234/.164 in Spring Training didn’t ease any worries and...
Jun 22, 2018
What happened to Jakob Junis?

What happened to Jakob Junis?

The promising young pitcher has struggled recently. It’s hard to believe, but April was a simpler time when analyzing the Kansas City Royals. Everything was new, there weren’t any nine game losing streaks, and most importantly, there was still hope. Jump forward a few months and not only has the train veered off the tracks, but the train has come to a grinding halt, the doors have fallen off and someone decide to light it on fire. In other words, things aren’t going great. In fact, some of the players who appeared to be glimmers of hope have now lost their shine. That includes the...