Computers Continue to Hate The Royals

Its that time of year again. When we all sit back and digest our teams chances of making the playoffs. The only problem is, there are dozens of varying opinions on just how legitimate of a shot any given team has.  The saber driven websites such as Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs base their percentages on a more scientific approach geared towards an objective interpretation...
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45 minutes ago

Royals Add Veteran Nava For Playoff Push

On Monday, the Royals announced they have traded for outfielder Daniel Nava. The Royals will send either cash or a player to be named later to the Los Angeles Angels for the 33 year old lefty.  Nava hit .235/.309/.303 in 45 games with the Angels in 2016, and his best season at the plate came in 2013 when he hit .303/.385/.445.  Nava does not count against the 40 man roster...
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4 hours ago

Riding the Playoff Odds Royalcoaster

The Royals haven’t had what you’d call a dominating season. It started hot, then got cold, then got hot, then got cold and then got hot and then got ice cold and now? Red hot. Meanwhile, the Royals playoff chances have ranged from a pretty decent possibility to not a chance to “okay, let’s do this.” It’s been a pretty wild ride. Let’s take a look at where it’s been...
Via BP Kansas City
5 hours ago

Diamonds in the Rough 8-29-16

The Arizona Royals clinched their division while a pair of other Royals affiliates in playoff races lost during a 2-2 for the affiliates. HR Roll Call Kort Peterson (5) BP KC Hitter of the Day – Angelo Castellano 4-4 2R, 3b, 3 RBI BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Jason Freeman 3.2 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 6 K 2-1 GO-FO 26p/26k Arkansas Travelers 5 NW Arkansas Naturals 1 The Naturals bullpen...
Via BP Kansas City
7 hours ago

Eric Hosmer Shows Off Signed David Ortiz Jersey

I’m willing to bet that Eric Hosmer promised himself he wasn’t leaving his team’s recent three-game stand at Fenway Park without getting something signed by David Ortiz. Monday, the Kansas City Royals All-Star showed off the prize given to him by the retiring Boston Red Sox slugger. And honestly…who could blame him? Big Papi A photo posted by Eric Hosmer (@hosmer305...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gee delivering stability as Royals' fifth starter

In a crucial series opener against the Yankees, Royals right-hander Dillon Gee delivered.
12 hours ago

Royals looking to stay hot in rematch with Yanks

The Royals have stormed into the Wild Card race, going 18-4 in their last 22 games. The Yankees haven't quite hit the same pace, but they have won four of their last six and won six of their last seven series.
13 hours ago

Gee, Escobar lead red-hot Royals to 8-5 win over Yankees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Dillon Gee kept the Royals' momentum going with six sharp innings, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer and Kansas City beat the New York Yankees 8-5 on Monday night to open their three-game set. Gee (6-7) allowed only four hits and a run in the latest impressive start by the Royals' staff, helping the reigning World Series champions win for the 18th time...
Via Associated Press
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

KC Royals: Trading Wade Davis, Kennedy Would Have Ruined KC

The KC Royals were rumored to be offering closer Wade Davis and starter Ian Kennedy to the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the trade deadline. The Kansas City Royals need to thank the Baseball Gods that Davis’ forearm injury killed any chance of such a deal taking place. Rumors swirled that the KC Royals were […] KC Royals: Trading Wade Davis, Kennedy Would Have Ruined KC - Kings...
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17 hours ago

Royals MiLB: Front Office Still Believes In Bubba Starling

The Royals front office hasn’t lost faith in top prospect Bubba Starling despite his horrific year at the plate in 2016. Starling has slashed .188/.241/.306 across AA and AAA this season. After what many considered a breakout season at the plate last season, Bubba Starling has pretty much crashed and burned in 2016. He  recently […] Royals MiLB: Front Office Still Believes In...
Via Kings of Kauffman
18 hours ago

The Kansas City Royals continue to tap the power of the Rally Mantis

The Angels once had a Rally Monkey. The Cardinals had a Rally Squirrel. The defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals now have a Rally Mantis, which is definitely the creepiest of the rally mascots to date. While it was casually mentioned earlier today in The Cheat Sheet, this required a little bit of an extra look. How did the Rally Mantis come to be an honored guest...
Via The Comeback
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

The 12-man Bullpen

The Royals have pretty much accomplished the wildest dreams of any franchise, as they have gone to two straight World Series, winning the latter of the two. However, what makes this stretch even more impressive is that they have done it with what is essentially a void of starting pitching. Lacking anything close to an ace from 2014 until the middle of 2015(James Shields was just...
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22 hours ago

Hosmer on Royals' success: 'We're getting the right time to get hot'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Aug. 6, the Kansas City Royals were seven games below .500, 11 games back of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central and 9 1/2 games out in the wild-card chase.The defending World Series champion Royals, however, have been the hottest team in the majors since then, winning 17 of 21 games and seven consecutive series.Kansas City has crept within...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

KC Royals Are Ready For Sprint To The Finish Line

Nineteen. After a historically bad 7-19 July, the Royals have rattled off 19 wins in the month of August with still three games to play. The hottest team in baseball this month, Kansas City is officially back in the playoff hunt for a fourth-consecutive season. Many things have changed since July 31, when Kansas City […] KC Royals Are Ready For Sprint To The Finish Line - Kings...
Via Kings of Kauffman
1 day ago

Will The Kansas City Royals Make The Playoffs?

The Royals entered the All Star break 45-43, seven games back of the Indians in the American League Central, and 4.5 games behind Toronto for the second wild-card spot. Certainly not the torrid start that the defending World Series champions were hoping for, but they also weren't out of it.Then they fell off a cliff.Kansas City began the second half of the season on a 6-15 run that...
Via The Sports Quotient
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mondesi's three-run triple highlights Royals' 10-4 win over Red Sox

BOSTON -- Raul Mondesi hit a bases-loaded triple and Eric Hosmer added a two-run single during an eight-run sixth inning, lifting the surging Kansas City Royals to a 10-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.Salvador Perez hit his third solo homer in two games for Kansas City, which took two of three at Fenway Park and got its 17th win in 21 games.David Ortiz hit his 534th...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Salvador Perez makes Royals catcher history

With his blast on Sunday night, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez became the first catcher in franchise history to have multiple 20 home run seasons. The reigning World Series MVP has been at the heart of the Champions’ resurgence over the past month, as he’s clubbed five home runs this month, including three in […] The post Salvador Perez makes Royals catcher history...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Royals fans are now dressing as the Rally Mantis

The Kansas City Royals have been the best team in baseball since a huge praying mantis joined the team in the dugout, and though Rally Mantis I didn't survive a road trip to Minnesota, a second Rally Mantis appeared during a road game in Detroit. The Royals dropped to 17-3 over the last 20 games Saturday night in Fenway Park with Rally Mantis Jr. watching from the dugout, and one...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Duffy's win streak ends as Royals fall 8-3 to Red Sox

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia had four hits to extend his streak to 11 straight at-bats before bouncing into a double play with a chance to tie the major-league record and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Saturday night.Pedroia's streak, which stretched over three games, ended in the eighth inning. The big league mark of hits in 12 straight official at-bats is shared...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Aren’t Making Elite Contact Anymore

We’d like to welcome Ryan Pollack to the staff as the newest contributor to FanGraphs. Ryan has written for Camden Chat in the past, and yes, we hired him just so Orioles fans would stop yelling at us about our projections. Please give Ryan a warm welcome. The Kansas City Royals have been a high-contact, low-strikeout team for several years. Very few people saw this approach when...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Royals’ Jarrod Dyson makes ridiculous catch to rob a homer

Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson provided a catch of the year candidate on Thursday night when he became the first player to ever rob a homer at Marlins Park. Miami’s Christian Yelich crushed one to deep center field, and appeared to have his 16th dinger of the season, but Dyson ran 98 feet before climbing the wall to make this absurd catch: Just ridiculous, @mrzoombiya...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Are Having the Most Royals Month Ever

On July 31st, the Royals were basically dead in the water. On the day before the team had to make a final buy, sold, or hold decision, KC stood at 49-55, 12 games out of first place in the AL Central. They’d been outscored by 59 runs. And to top it off, Wade Davis had to go back on the DL with a flexor strain, signaling that he hadn’t been able to get past the arm problems that...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals' resurgence should frighten every other AL contender

The Royals won back-to-back American League pennants -- and the 2015 World Series -- largely on the strength of their relief pitching, strong defense and timely hitting. And those are the very things that suddenly have thrust them back into playoff contention.Kansas City has won nine consecutive games and 14 of its past 16 to move within four games of an AL wild-card berth. That’s...
Via FOX Sports
6 days ago

Duffy’s Daffy Ascension! …And The Top 100 Starting Pitchers, Week 21

This weekend, I went to an Ikea for the first time. First of all - you are herded through the store on a specific path like you're being herded alongside other furniture-buying sheep. Bahhhhhh! That bottom left frame of Buster is about how I handle crowds like that... Anywho, at the end when you pick your furniture to buy, it's in this giant warehouse that makes the end...
Via Razzball
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals have new 'Rally Mantis' after death of previous one

As the baseball world continues to mourn the untimely death of the Kansas City Royals' dearly departed good luck charm, the so-called “Rally Mantis," another insect talisman has emerged to take its place. The original “Praying Mantis” perished in Minnesota days ago, despite the top-notch care Royals players were providing. But during Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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