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Royals Review

Max Rieper

Bullpen blues: Five-run sixth dooms Royals in loss to Rangers

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Texas takes the series opener 6-2.

The bullpen continued its woes with a five-run sixth inning and Royals hitters managed just six hits as the Royals dropped the series opener against the Rangers 6-2 on Friday night.

Rangers starter Nathan Eovaldi retired the first eight batters of the game before Kyle Isbel took him deep for his fifth home run of the season. Isbel would later leave the game with lower back tightness.

Kyle Isbel goes deep! #Royals jump...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Royals vs. Rangers Friday game thread

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It’s Fred’s world, we’re just living in it.

The Royals take on their spring training neighbors, the Texas Rangers, for the first time this weekend in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers have struggled this year trying to defend their title, and have lost 10 of their last 15 games.

Brady Singer had his fifth Quality Start of the year last time out against the Yankees, despite giving up three home runs. Hunter Renfroe returns to the lineup after...

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Max Rieper

Rangers series preview: The defending champs aren’t playing like it

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The Rangers have a championship hangover.

The Rangers won their first title last year, and flags will fly forever. But the team is suffering a bit of a championship hangover. They head into this series six games under .500, with the sixth-worst record in baseball.

Kansas City Royals (42-34) vs. Texas Rangers (34-40) at Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX

Royals: 4.74 runs scored/game (8th in MLB), 4.00 runs allowed/game (9th)

Rangers: 4.23 runs...

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Max Rieper

Royals reportedly interested in Tommy Pham

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The 11-year vet can hit, but will he mesh with this team?

The Royals are dead last in offensive production from the outfielders, who have collectively hit .210/.270/.345 this year. J.J. Picollo recently talked about lengthening his lineup with another bat, and according to reporter Jon Heyman, White Sox outfielder Tommy Pham is a name they are considering.

The 36-year-old has been a career .260/.351/.433 hitter in 11 big leagues seasons. Last year he...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Could the Royals play in Kansas on the state line?

Imagine a home run hit into another state.

Kansas lawmakers made their push to lure the Royals and Chiefs across the state line this week, approving legislation to allow the state to finance up to 70% of stadium project costs through the STAR bond program. There is no plan in place yet, and there is still a long way to go before either team gets the moving trucks, but that hasn’t stopped some from imagining where the teams could play in Kansas.

While most have envisioned the Chiefs...

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Matthew LaMar

Even after slumping, the Royals are wildly exceeding expectations

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. | Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s put it into perspective

Close your eyes and try to remember the end of March, if you would. The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore has just collapsed. Jo-Ann, the venerable arts and crafts store, filed for bankruptcy a few weeks ago. The Gonzaga Bulldogs recently walloped the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament. And...

Royals Review

Greg Walker

Royals Rumblings - News for June 21, 2024

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The days only get shorter from here.

Bobby Witt Jr. came through when the Royals needed him in yesterday’s win:

“I mean, it’s easy to call it when it’s Bobby,” reliever Chris Stratton said.

After Witt’s homer gave Kansas City the lead back, Stratton picked up the save. He got the final two outs with runners on first and third in the ninth inning, and the Royals salvaged a disappointing series that saw them lose the first two games before...

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Rangers, Royals open series eager to end June swoons

Two teams that have done their share of swooning in June face off Friday night when the Kansas City Royals open a three-game series against the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

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Royals among teams interested in acquiring one of MLB's top trade chips

Kansas City has the worst outfield among playoff contenders.

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Freddy Fermin, Bobby Witt Jr. go yard as Royals edge A's

Freddy Fermin hit two early home runs, Bobby Witt Jr. broke an eighth-inning tie with one of his own and the Kansas City Royals avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the host Oakland Athletics with a 3-2 win Thursday afternoon.

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Ryan Heffernon

Three solo homers propel Royals past A’s in 3-2 win

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Freddy Fermin had two of them and Kansas City avoids the sweep

It wasn’t pretty, but Kansas City got the job done. Desperate for a win to avoid being swept by the lowly Athletics, the Royals rode three solo shots and held on by the skin of their teeth for a 3-2 win. Bobby Witt Jr’s 8th inning homer proved to be the difference.

Kansas City improves to 42-34 while the Athletics fall to 28-49.

It was a big day for Freddy Fermin, who did most of the...

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Royals place RHP Dan Altavilla (oblique) on injured list

The Kansas City Royals put right-hander Dan Altavilla on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a right oblique strain. Altavilla, 31, is 0-1 with a 14.73 ERA in five appearances (one start) in his first season with the Royals.

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Ryan Heffernon

Game LXXVI: Royals at Athletics

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Kansas City tries to avoid the sweep

The 2024 Kansas City Royals are officially in a rut. After winning eight straight games and peaking at 15-games above .500 on May 25, Kansas City has lost eight of the last 10 games and 15 of 22 overall since that date.

During that stretch, the Royals have the 2nd worst ERA in baseball thanks to its starters struggling for the first time all season.

For panicked Royals fans, this was always going to happen. This...

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Max Rieper

A look at the trade market for bats

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The lineup could use some more length.

The Royals have gotten off to a good start, in part, because the offense has been better than expected. The team finished last year with the eighth-worst runs-per-game in baseball at 4.17, but they’ve managed to improve that number significantly this year to 4.81, good for eighth-best.

Still, anyone that has watched the Royals knows that the margin of error is thin. They’re batting just .235/.310/.376...

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Royals Rundown: MV-Bobby? To trade or not to trade Kansas City prospects with Zac Miller

Kansas is raising the money flag. Will the Royals ride west?

Zac Miller from Farm to Fountains joins Jacob Milham and Jeremy Greco on today’s episode! How crowded will Bobby Witt Jr.’s trophy cabinet be following this season? What questions must the Kansas City Royals answer following their loss on Tuesday? In addition, we discuss which prospects Kansas City should avoid trading and which are prime trade candidates. Tune in for a massive episode!

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Brady Singer’s unstable pitch mix and his current value

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Brady Singer and the Royals have changed some things around, but the results look like they are heading back toward what he has been in the past.

Brady Singer came to Kansas City basically throwing two pitches, sinker and slider. He would throw the changeup in there every once in a while, but for the most part it was two pitches that did all the work.

From his Baseball Savant page, you can see how this pitch mix has gone through his 4+ years in the majors....

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 20, 2024

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Thursdays are the new Friday!

Ed note: Yes, I know, it’s not Friday. But when we get down to OT, this will make sense. Greg was gracious enough to switch when I realized the game today fit with the topic. For those of you who skip Friday Rumblings... shame on you. Or not. But this is the wild and boring ride we usually get to end the work week. Welcome aboard!

We’ll lead off with The Star. Blair...

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Royals' Seth Lugo, 7-0 on road, tries to tame A's

Right-hander Seth Lugo finally catches a break in the schedule when he and the Kansas City Royals wrap up their three-game road series against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon.

Royals Review

Greg Walker

Baseball blogger bypasses bedtime but bored by bad ballgame. Boys in blue beaten 5-1

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The bullpen stunk, but it’s not their fault the offense couldn’t cobble together runs.

The Kansas City Royals forced me to stay up later than I would prefer just to put on a lifeless display offensively en route to dropping a series to a trash Oakland A’s team with a 5-1 loss tonight.

Cole Ragans did not have his best command early, frequently missing to both sides of the plate with non-competitive pitches. He worked around baserunners in the first two...

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Greg Walker

Game Seventy-Five: Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics

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This isn’t the Sewage Series this year.

The Kansas City Royals will take on the Philadelphia Kansas City Oakland Las Vegas Sacramento(?) A’s this evening at the Coliseum in Oakland. The Royals will look to even the series today after dropping last night’s opener 7-5.

Kansas City will start Cole Ragans. Ragans has made about half of the starts that he will make this season, assuming health, and he is firmly in the AL Cy Young discussion. He has allowed...

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