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Kendrys Morales hits two homers for KC

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Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Playoff Prospectus: The Royals` Unforced Error: ALDS Game 1 by Matthew Trueblood

Lineup decisions rarely matter much, but this one might.
Via Baseball Prospectus
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Poor Royals grounds crew member gets eaten by tarp

Game 1 of the Astros-Royals ALDS is in a rain delay. When putting the tarp on the field, an unfortunate member of Kauffman Stadium’s ground crew was swallowed up by the tarp. Poor grounds crew… — Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) October 9, 2015   OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!! (It’s 3-1 Astros in the top of the third) The post Poor Royals grounds crew member...
Via The Outside Corner
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

If you want to pick Royals...

One huge difference between this season’s Royals and last season’s Royals? This year’s Royals don’t have two of last season’s best pitchers: starter James Shields, who left via free agency, and closer Greg Holland, who’s out for a long while with a serious elbow injury. But they didn’t miss Shields during the regular season, and last October he went 1-2 and gave up...
Via Fox Sports
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros, Royals announce ALDS rosters

With the ALDS starting up Thursday night the Astros and Royals announced their series rosters. Here’s the 25-man roster for the Royals: Pitchers: Johnny Cueto, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Danny Duffy, Ryan Madson, Luke Hochevar, Kris Medlen, Yordano Ventura, Franklin Morales, Edinson Volquez, Chris Young Outfielders: Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Alex Rios, Paulo Orlando, Jarrod Dyson...
Via Baseball Essential
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals and Darth Vader

When I was a VERY small child, I had some pretty vague memories of going to the drive in with my parents, my brother, and sister.  We went to see a movie called “Star Wars” and I honestly couldn’t have told you what the movie was about when it was over.  I saw bits and […]
Via Pine Tar Press
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Five questions about the Astros-Royals ALDS

Last season, the Royals were the most unexpected team in the playoffs and used that momentum to win the Wild Card game and eventually find their way into the World Series. This year, that role has been taken on by the Astros, as they barely hung on to a Wild Card in a year they were expected to finish third in the West at best. Then, they shut out the much more expensive and experienced...
Via The Outside Corner
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals Leave Jonny Gomes Off Roster For Division Series With Astros

The Kansas City Royals won’t be getting any postseason magic from Jonny Gomes. The Royals left the outfielder off their roster for the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros. Pinch runner Terrance Gore will be Kansas City’s 25th man for the series. The Atlanta Braves shipped Gomes to the Royals at Major League Baseball’s Aug. 31 trade deadline, but he hasn’t...
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals Announce ALDS Roster

The Kansas City Royals have officially announced their 2015 ALDS roster today.  Where there are no real surprises, some notable names will not be making the field in Jermey Guthrie and Johnny Gomes. Pitchers: 1. Johnny Cueto 2. Yordano Ventura 3. Edinson Volquez 4. Danny Duffy 5. Chris Young 6. Wade Davis 7. Kelvin Herrera 8. Ryan Madson 9. Franklin...
Via Royals Blue
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: October 8

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. Toronto scored early and often, taking a 6-0 lead after four innings and cruising to a […]
Via Pine Tar Press
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals ALDS Preview: Breaking Down the Astros’ Top Hitters

Now that everyone knows who the Royals will be playing in the American League Division Series, it seems appropriate to preview said series. Our own David Lesky already wrote a preview, and you both can and should read that piece, multiple times, by clicking on this hyperlinked text. Think of this preview as a supplement to […]
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals will start Ventura - not Cueto- in Game 1 of ALDS

  The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night. Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3, with the rest of the rotation...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Morales, Ventura named Royals player, pitcher of the month

Designated hitter Kendrys Morales has been named the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for September/October, while right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura has been named the club's Pitcher of the Month, the team announced Tuesday. The player award is determined by a combined fan and media vote, while the pitcher award is voted on by local media. Morales is the Royals Majestic Player...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals ratings up 90 percent, leading local MLB surge in 2015

The final local MLB ratings numbers are in for the 2015 season, and the reigning AL champion Kansas City Royals are at the top of the mountain. Fresh off of their first Postseason appearance since 1985, Royals ratings were up a whopping 90% this season, checking in at a robust 12.33 on Fox Sports Kansas City. The club earned the AL Central title, the first ever in team history...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How they fared: The Royals against the rest of the American League postseason teams

Regular Season records really don’t matter once you get to October.  We take a look at the Royals records versus the rest of the postseason teams. It’s that time of the year where every “expert” starts to look at regular season stats to predict how the postseason will play out.  In reality, nobody knows how the postseason will play out.  Who would have guessed that...
Via Royals Blue
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Enter the Playoffs with a Strong Offense

Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer, right, celebrates with Alcides Escobar after he scored on a double by Ben Zobrist to break the tie in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Royals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) In 2014, the Kansas City Royals made a magical run to the World Series on the backs of their pitching and some clutch hitting, but...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' revamped bullpen may be deeper, more dynamic than a year ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- By the time the Kansas City Royals had run roughshod through the American League playoffs last year, everyone in baseball knew exactly what H-D-H meant. Herrera, Davis, Holland. The big three relievers at the back of their bullpen. With the dominance of Kelvin Herrera in the seventh inning, Wade Davis in the eighth and Greg Holland closing out, the Royals effectively...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cueto, Royals secure home-field with 6-1 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Salvador Perez added to his career-best home run total, Johnny Cueto tossed five solid innings and the Kansas City Royals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Sunday. Perez hit his 21st homer in the third inning, one behind Kendrys Morales and Mike Moustakas for the team lead. Cueto (4-7 with Royals, 11-13 overall...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Iron Giant: How Chris Young saved the Royals season.

Chris Young was a last minute signing for Dayton Moore.  However, without him, the Royals may not be in the position they are in. I remember watching a game in last June when the Seattle Mariners were in Kansas City playing the Royals.  I remember watching this very tall pitcher for Seattle that couldn’t throw more than 86 mph and was in the strike zone.  Still, the Royals...
Via Royals Blue
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade Davis Set Up for Success as Royals' Closer

A little over a week ago, Wade Davis officially took over as closer for the Kansas City Royals after spending most of his time with the club as Greg Holland's set-up man.Last season, as the Royals made their famous run through the wild card to the World Series, one of the biggest pieces that kept them going was the back-end of the bullpen. The 7-8-9 combination of Kelvin Herrera...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Royals’ Division-Winning Celebration

We live in the age of multiple playoff levels and one of the results of this is we get many different playoff winners, and each playoff winner has to have a playoff winner celebration. Celebrations used to be more sedate than they are now, but things have changed since Don Larsen struck out Bill Mitchell and jogged solemnly off the mound after having thrown the first and to date...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Young on Working Up (and Down) in the Zone

Chris Young, of the Kansas City Royals, is known for both his Princeton pedigree and his height. The 6-foot-10 right-hander is also known for getting outs up in the zone, with a slow fastball. Young’s four-seamer averages 86.4 mph, and he has the highest FB% (58.2) and the lowest BABiP (.217) among pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings. The velocity and fly balls are in...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals clinch first division title since 1985, celebrate by popping bottles (video)

MLB’s longest drought between division titles is officially over. The Kansas City Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners, 10-4, in front of a packed house at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night. With the victory, the Royals clinched their first division title since 1985, and it’s the first time they’ve won the AL Central in franchise history (they had won the AL West in the past...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Greg Holland has ‘significant’ tear in UCL, will miss rest of season

The Kansas City Royals will have to do without reliever Greg Holland for the rest of 2015, and possibly even longer as the former closer has been shut down due to an ongoing sore elbow. As Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star notes, Holland has a significant tear in his UCL and will be seen by doctors next week in L.A. It’s possible he may need the dreaded Tommy John surgery...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals are basically the best contact team ever

A funny thing about doing a job like this is that you’re expected to write all the time. Which means you’re expected to write early in seasons, and you’re expected to write analytically, and when you write analytically early in seasons, you can end up looking like a moron. Earlier this season, for example, I remember writing reasonably positive things about Carlos Peguero....
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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