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2019 Season in Review: Kyle Zimmer

2019 Season in Review: Kyle Zimmer

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kyle Zimmer (45) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports Zimmer finally made it. Not everything was good, though. The Kansas City Royals owned the fifth overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball amateur draft. The three top arms—Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, and Mark Appel—still remained on the board after the first three picks, guaranteeing that Kansas City would get one. When the Baltimore Orioles snapped up Gausman with the fourth pick, the Royals made their...
Nov 6, 2019
The 2020 Shadow Royals

The 2020 Shadow Royals

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) watches after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu | Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports An old favorite returns, and old favorites leave Every year since 2012, our Overlord and Managing Editor, Max Rieper, runs the SB Nation offseason simulation. In each simulation, representatives of each 30 Major League Baseball team, most of whom write for their club’s respective SB Nation team blog, participate in a three-day flurry of fake trade activity and free agent...
Nov 1, 2019
Mike Matheny isn’t as sure of a thing as we think he is

Mike Matheny isn’t as sure of a thing as we think he is

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) walks off the field after changing pitchers during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. | Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports We just don’t know what the new Matheny will be like In the introductory press conference for brand new Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny, Dayton Moore kicked things off with a few statements of his own regarding Matheny and the hiring process. The first substantive thing Moore said was, and I quote, “We went into this with a completely open mind.” Because General Manager Speak is its...
Oct 30, 2019
Recap Coda: A Duel of the Fates

Recap Coda: A Duel of the Fates

Brian Bannister #19 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. | Photo by Greg Fiume/ The underdog and the phenom. June 23, 2010 - Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals Final Score: Royals 1, Nationals 0 Time of Game: 2 hours 30 minutes Attendance: 31,913 Royals Review Recap Headline: Royals Win - Day Banny and Relief Staff Make Token 1 Run From Offense Pay Off by Jeff Zimmerman Box score, courtesy of MLB.com: Recap Coda June 23, 2010 seems like not so long ago. But it was...
Oct 23, 2019
The Royals’ approach to analytics isn’t nearly enough

The Royals’ approach to analytics isn’t nearly enough

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Everyone does analytics. It’s about what comes next. At the end of the first chapter of The MVP Machine, co-written by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik, lies one of the most memorable quotes about baseball in recent memory. It comes from an anonymous analyst in an MLB front office. It is profound in its simplicity: I don’t think people realize that if you’re a Moneyball team right now, you’re getting your ass handed to you. When you hear the smart teams saying they use analytics now, they’re not saying they’re doing Moneyball. They’re saying they’re...
Oct 22, 2019
World Series Game One Thread: Nationals vs Astros

World Series Game One Thread: Nationals vs Astros

Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates winning the NL pennant after a 7-4 win in Game 4 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Washington, District of Columbia. | Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via It’s here! Tonight begins the first game of the World Series. Woohoo! Playing tonight are the Washington Nationals, the Wild Card winner out of the National League, and the Houston Astros, the best team in baseball. I hope you like starting pitching, because this series is gonna be a doozy. Let’s just say that...
Oct 18, 2019
Friday Off Topic Thread, October 18 Edition

Friday Off Topic Thread, October 18 Edition

Photo by Chesnot/ What do you miss about the internet? It’s early in the Royals offseason and there’s a lot of months to overanalyze what’s going on and what’s going to happen. With new ownership and a new manager, it’s probably going to be relatively interesting. But let’s not do that yet. Today, our off topic thread involves injuries, habits, and thinking about the old internet that was but is not anymore. Patrick Mahomes’ injury is the talk of the NFL and overshadowed an otherwise dominant victory against the Denver Broncos last night. All the time, athletes get called...
Oct 15, 2019
ALCS Game 3 Thread: Astros vs Yankees

ALCS Game 3 Thread: Astros vs Yankees

Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park on October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas. | Photo by Tim Warner/ Cole time. As opposed to the uninteresting National League Championship Series, where the Washington Nationals are shellacking the St. Louis Cardinals three games to none, we enter the third game of the American League Championship Series this afternoon tied up at one apiece. Wait. Did you just read what I said? This afternoon????? It is Tuesday!!!! I would like to take this time to rail against Major League...
Oct 15, 2019
Hopefully, new ownership has an expectation to win like the Cardinals do

Hopefully, new ownership has an expectation to win like the Cardinals do

Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves in game five of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine | Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Losses should mean something I used to hate the St. Louis Cardinals. Like, really hate them. I hated their Best Fans in Baseball Schtick. I hated their “aw, shucks, me?” attitude. I hated the bewildered confusion that showed on the faces of fans when you explained how and why you hated the Cardinals, as if it was your fault that you choose to be angry about something so pure...

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