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Hok Talk: I hate the early season schedule

That’s a lot of waiting | Peter G. Aiken

It would be nice if I could spectate the spectator sport

As I write this, baseball is swinging into its second week of regular season competition in 2021. People are arguing about universal designated hitters, runners starting on second base in extra innings, and artificial intelligence-ruled strike zones. None of that matters in comparison to my gripe, though.

The early season schedule HAS to be fixed.

What even is this? Everyone knows the only...

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Josh Keiser

Royals Rumblings - News for April 10, 2021

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

A Friday night off? What the hell are we doing here?

Song of the Day

“Deaf Ears” by Joseph the Spouse

sterlingice thought it was a slow day on Thursday for Royals news. Friday was worse.

Vahe Gregorian at The KC Star caught up with old friend, Alex Gordon, to see how retirement was suiting him.

“So it’s good to just be able to wake up and be in that routine with them, cooking them breakfast, getting them ready and taking them to school and...

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David Lesky

Lesky’s Notes: The grind starts now...okay fine, tomorrow

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The last Friday off-day of the season is finally here.

The first week or two of a baseball season can be filled with starts and stops, and it makes it kind of difficult to get into a groove. That’s true for players, coaches, umpires and heck, even writers. The Royals have been lucky enough to have been a part of three home openers in the span of eight days. One, of course, was their own, but all three were in cities where the schedule makers provide a day off...

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sterlingice

Royals Rumblings - News for April 9, 2021

Bo knows today’s photo

FYI: Actually easier to do Rumblings in the offseason

There’s not a lot of Royals news today. With day games, especially, every outlet seems to hold back feature stories because they know the game story is going to be the lead story.

Yesterday’s story from Alec Lewis (sub required) is about Michael A. Taylor:

NEW — He’s 6-foot-4. He runs as fast as NFL kick returners. He works out with Travis Kelce’s trainer.

And in 2020, his barrel percentage ranked...

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Ryan Heffernon

Lynn dominates, Keller struggles in Royals 6-0 loss to White Sox

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

A not so fun game, friends

Brad Keller entered this season as the unquestioned ace of a Royals staff that looked, on paper, to be a budding strength. And it was well earned. In the 360.1 innings he has pitched in since he was brought to Kansas City in the Rule 5 Draft, Keller has posted a 131 ERA+. His 82 ERA- is only bested by four Royals starters in franchise history.

But thus far in 2021, it has been a totally different story. After giving up five runs...

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Ryan Heffernon

Game VI: Royals at White Sox

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The start of the game is delayed due to weather

There may not be a worse feeling in sports than what a pitcher feels as they’re being absolute rocked. The Royals have experienced that a few times. We all remember Jeremy Guthrie’s 11-run first inning at Yankee Stadium back in 2015. Not to be out-done, Edinson Volquez threw maybe the worst inning in baseball history back a year later in one of the worst starts in baseball history.

Two of the worst starts in...

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David Lesky

Chicago White Sox Series Preview: Expectations are high on the South Side

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Injuries are up too, so that’s not great for the Pale Hose.

For the Royals to get where they want to go, the White Sox are an obstacle they need to figure out a way to conquer. They went 1-9 against them last season, and if you’re scoring at home, that means they were 25-25 against everyone else. The issue for the Royals is that the White Sox don’t appear to be going anywhere unless they have some self-inflicted wounds. And that’s certainly possible....

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Ryan Heffernon

Jakob Junis was great yesterday, but he’s still built for the bullpen

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t be swayed by yesterday’s pleasant surprise just yet

Jakob Junis was really good yesterday. Like, really, really good. Junis gave up just a single hit in five innings, adding six strikeouts. In the 46 starts that Junis has pitched at least five innings, he has given up zero runs two times and a single hit just once. He did both on Wednesday afternoon.

So yeah, it was an exciting start to a season with so many question marks for the 28-year-old. And Junis...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for April 8, 2021

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The Royals are fun to watch!

Royals Rumblings - News for April 8, 2021

Jakob Junis seemed confident after an impressive start.

“They were swinging early and often,” Junis said. “Just attacking the strike zone with my cutter, my slider and taking out of the zone when needed was really the name of the game.

“I’ve always been one to attack the strike zone and not have very many walks and really force the issue. I’ve been hurt with that in the past,...

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Jack S. Johnson

Royals punished by Ramírez in 4-2 loss to Cleveland

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Only one hitter in the Indians’ lineup could do damage...and he did just that.

The Royals dropped the series finale, 4-2, to Cleveland on Wednesday after José Ramírez smacked two home runs late.

Kansas City faced a tall task in besting reigning American League Cy Young winner Shane Bieber, whom they’d never beaten in seven starts. Early on, the right-hander showed no signs of being “off his game”. Through the first three innings, Bieber struck out six...

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Jack S. Johnson

Game 5: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians

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Dozier is back!

Kansas City Royals (3-1) @ Cleveland Indians (1-3)

RHP Jakob Junis (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Shane Bieber (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

First pitch — 12:10 p.m. CT

Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

How to watch: Bally Sports KC

How to listen: KCSP 610

Quick hits: In seven starts against the Royals, Bieber has a 3.70 ERA IN 41 1?3 innings with 52 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Junis has struggled in 13 starts against Cleveland. He’s posted a 6.38 ERA...

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Matthew LaMar

A reminder to baseball fans: it’s a marathon, not a sprint

Right fielder Jorge Soler #12 of the Kansas City Royals catches a fly ball hit by Amed Rosario #1 of the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning of the home opener at Progressive Field on April 05, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. | Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

It’s easy to get too into it

Last year’s season had all the fire and fury of an extended postseason, in addition to its extended postseason. To only play 60 games is to make every game important, with very little delineation...

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kcscoliny

Better know a draft prospect: Jaden Hill

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The young LSU pitcher will need Tommy John surgery.

An opportunity might have presented itself last week when LSU’s Jaden Hill tore his UCL in his start while facing off against Vanderbilt and fellow top five selection Jack Leiter. Going into the season, Hill was seen as a Top 5-10 pick as a hard-throwing starter with multiple pitches after dominating from the bullpen last season. The injury will now cost him his season and perhaps some...

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Royals Rumblings - News for April 7, 2021

Meet Petey, who our human pal Bradford Lee describes as a “crazy mutt.”

161-1 is still in play.

Good morning! The Kansas City Royals are in first (frist?) place.

Hanser Alberto’s upbeat attitude makes him a “glue guy,” writes Anne Rogers:

Lauded for his defensive versatility and professional at-bats, Alberto doesn’t care where he plays, when he plays or how many at-bats he gets in a game. He prides himself on helping the team in any way he can — especially if it means...

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Max Rieper

Jakob Junis to make Wednesday start in Cleveland

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Brad Keller will be bumped back to Thursday.

The Royals announced that Jakob Junis will make the start on Wednesday, with Brad Keller bumped to the Thursday game against Chicago. Junis has tossed a pair of shutout innings in two relief appearances against Texas so far this season, striking out three of the eight batters he faced. He last worked on Sunday, which would give him just two days off before his start, so you can expect him to be on a pitch count...

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Max Rieper

Royals field $89 million Opening Day payroll

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The Royals retain that coveted financial flexibility going forward.

The Royals fielded an Opening Day payroll of $88.9 million in 2021, keeping player expenses close to level despite financial losses last year. Around baseball, teams were cutting payroll left and right and claiming $1.8 billion in financial losses due to the shortened pandemic season that had no fans in attendance.

Last year, teams were projected to spend $4.9 billion on player payroll,...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for April 6, 2021

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Who will start on Wednesday?

Royals Rumblings - News for April 6, 2021

Anne Rogers writes that Danny Duffy found success by making some adjustments.

Duffy’s fastball is his bread-and-butter pitch, but he was able to mix in his changeup effectively, especially behind in the count to get contact and rely on the defense behind him. His curveball got sharper later in the game, and he struck out Cesar Hernandez with it to end the third inning after making an...

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Matthew LaMar

Duffy, Merrifield crash Cleveland’s home opener during a 3-0 KC win

Andrew Benintendi #16 and Nicky Lopez #8 celebrate with Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals after Lopez and Merrifield scored on a home run by Merrifield during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians during the home opener game at Progressive Field on April 05, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. | Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Crushing the dreams of their enemies

After an opening series where every game was a high-octane scoring affair, the Kansas City Royals played a more...

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Matthew LaMar

Game 4 Thread: Royals vs. Cleveland

Starting pitcher Danny Duffy #30 of the Kansas City Royals throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 25, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. | Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Duffy’s first start!

After a successful series against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium over Easter weekend, the Kansas City Royals play their first road game today at Jacob’s Field Progressive Field today in Cleveland. Like at...

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David Lesky

Cleveland Indians Series Preview: Cross ‘Lindors’ off the possible new team names list

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Fighting Biebers are in transition, but they can still really pitch.

After a successful first weekend of the season that saw the Royals take two of three to start the year, they travel to Cleveland to take on the team soon to not be known as the Indians. While the team is largely familiar to the one the Royals have seen for the last few years, there is one noticeable difference and it’s the subtraction of Francisco Lindor as they traded their face of the...

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