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Royals Review

Ryan Landreth

Royals 10, Rays 2

Finally, a win in St. Pete!

Of course, the game that ends the long losing streak is the one where they play the defending AL Cy Young Winner. Nothing makes any sense.

The Royals beat the Rays, 10-2, ending an 11-game losing streak against Tampa Bay. This is the Royals’ first win against the Rays since August 2017! It’s also tied for the most runs the team has scored all year. At the end of a rough road trip that saw the Royals lose all three series they participated in, it was a good way...

Royals Review

Jack S. Johnson

This roster could be a lot more fun later this summer

At some point in 2019, it will be worthwhile to talk about the Royals

Here we are, nearly a month into the season and the Royals sit in the cellar of Major League baseball at 7-17. Contrary to what Dayton Moore believed he would be receiving from his off-season acquisitions, the moves simply haven’t panned out, starting with infielder Chirs Owings, who Kansas City wrung in on a one-year $3-million investment. Owings has been utterly horrendous as an everyday player for the Royals, with a...

Royals Review

Ryan Landreth

Wednesday Thread: Royals at Rays

Don’t get swept again please.

I know that Ryan Lefebvre has said it 200 times this series, but the Royals really did used to own Tampa Bay. They went 4-2 against them in 2012, 6-1 in 2013, 4-2 in 2014, 6-1 in 2015, and 5-2 in 2016. They also went 3-1 in their first series against Tampa in 2017.

So what’s that, 28-9 against the Rays in that stretch?

Then the floor fell out. They went 1-2 in the final series of 2017 against TB, they were swept in seven games by the Rays in 2018, and now...

Royals Review

Josh Keiser

The case FOR Chris Owings.

Hold on. Hear me out...

One of the perks of being a “Kevin” here at Royals Review is the fact that I can make absurdly optimistic takes and back it up with some small sample size stats and you will read half of it and tousle my hair and tell me how cute of a Kevin I am.

And honestly that process is the best that Chris Owings currently deserves. His current slash line is .165/.233/.304 and he has the 5th highest K% (33.7%) in the league. He’s been “good” for 40 wRC+ and has...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for April 24, 2019

The season is going down the drain....fast.

Royals Rumblings - News for April 24, 2019

Dayton Moore still believes in this bullpen.

“Obviously, the first 10 days — the bullpen and the later innings had been a work in progress for us,” Moore said over the weekend in New York. “As I’ve said before, we feel like we have enough talent in our bullpen to match up effectively. We just need to look for more consistency, and I think we’ll get it.”

Hunter Dozier is out a few games with...

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Watch: Adalberto Mondesi scores on wild pitch from second base

Young shortstop Adalberto Mondesi and the Kansas City Royals didn’t do a whole bunch at the plate against the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitching staff in a 5-2 loss on Monday. However, Mondesi showed us just how fast he is on the bases. The dude scored from second base on a wild pitch from Rays reliever Austin Pruitt. It has to be seen to be believed. Scoring from second on a wild pitch is one of the rarest things we’ve seen during what has already been a strange 2019 MLB season. Pretty much a...

Royals Review

Matthew LaMar

Devil Rays soundly defeat Royals in a deceptively close 5-2 score

It seemed close, but really wasn’t

On Tuesday at the Trop, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in a score that belied how cleanly the home team beat the visiting team. The Royals were never ahead and felt significantly underpowered replacing the one-man wrecking crew that has been Hunter Dozier this season with the one-man wrecked crew that has been Chris Owings for his career.

Royals starter Homer Bailey was really good for the Cincinnati Reds a bit over a half...

Royals Review

Matthew LaMar

Game 24 Thread: Royals vs Devil Rays

Ah yes, the TROP. The terrible TROP.

Hunter Dozier’s out with a back strain tonight. That’s bad. Dude’s been hitting like Mike Trout this year. In his place tonight will be...Chris Owings at third base! Woo frickin’ hoo! This has a cascading effect on the Royals hastily-assembled and bizarre roster construction. Jorge Soler is playing in right field, and Lucas Duda is in the lineup. Neither of those things are good, and are emotionally akin to a toddler sitting across from you and an...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

What is the most famous catch in Royals history?

Show the glove some love.

Royals fans can appreciate good defense. From Amos Otis to Willie Wilson to Carlos Beltran to Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon, and Lorenzo Cain, we’ve had our fair share of ball hawks.

ESPN writer Sam Miller wondered what was the most famous catch in baseball history, not from the last 15 years. That got me wondering, what is the most famous catch in Royals history? Twitter had some opinions on that.

Motley…for the title

— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) April...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Royals Review Radio: The Batflip Episode

Plus we talk about the top prospects in the system

Max Rieper, Shaun Newkirk, and Matthew LaMar get together to flip some bats and talk about grown men throwing baseballs at each other’s butts. We also talk about the rejuvenated Alex Gordon and talk Royals prospects.

Among the topics we discuss:

Was Brad Keller wrong to plunk Tim Anderson?

Are batflips here to stay and will we ever phase out intentionally hitting batters?

Could Alex Gordon be playing well enough to return next year?


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TWitM: Nicky Lopez won’t stop hitting

This Week in the Minors, Nicky Lopez hitting like crazy, lots of great pitching in Lexington, lots more. ‘This Week in the Minors’ is our weekly look at notable performances from all over the system, from big-name prospects and less heralded guys alike. The mission is to answer this simple question: “Who had a good week?” Today, we’ll cover results from Monday, April 15 through Sunday, April 21. AAA Omaha Storm Chasers (9-8) schedule | roster Nicky Lopez started the season with...

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Alex Duvall

Royals Rumblings - News for April 23, 2019

Well, at least there’s hope on the horizon.

The Royals fell to 7-16 last night, after a questionable move by Ned Yost to leave Brad Keller in the game during the 7th inning.

Sending Keller out for the seventh, manager Ned Yost had shown earlier this season he wouldn’t hesitate to stretch him out in the late innings. Knowing how poor the bullpen has performed in close situations through the first 22 games of 2019, the decision to proceed with Keller didn’t come as too much of a shock....

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Keller stays in one batter too long as the Royals lose to Tampa Bay, 6-3.

Another lead lost late. Heading to the Sunshine State to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Royals looked to claim game one of a three-game set against the top team in the AL East. Unfortunately, a late inning go-ahead run proved fatal as Kansas City fell to the Rays, 6-3. Throwing Brad Keller for the first time since his incident with Tim Anderson in Chicago last week, the 6’5 right-hander was given some early run support out of the gates. With Rays starter Yonny...

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Jack S. Johnson

Game 23: Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays

On paper, this does not look good.

Kansas City Royals (7-15, 5th in AL Central) @ Tampa Bay Rays (14-8, 1st in AL East)

Brad Keller (2-1, 2.64 ERA) vs. Yonny Chirinos (3-0, 3.26 ERA)

First pitch- 6:10 CT

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Quick hits:

LHP Tim Hill recalled from Triple-A Omaha

Danny Duffy is with the club tonight and will make his first start of the season on Friday against the Angels according to Jeffrey Flanagan.

Rays come in losers of four straight including a...

Royals Review

Bradford Lee

Royal Frustration

Hey bullpen brother, can you spare a match?

As we move from one phase of our life to another, we leave something behind. When you leave childhood for your teen years, you leave your toys and stop calling your parents mommy and daddy. The move from teens to adulthood often means leaving your carefree life of fun and adventure, often fueled by drugs and alcohol.

As I find myself entering what is called the youth of old age, I am learning what I am leaving behind, often not by choice or...

Royals Review

David Lesky

Tampa Bay Rays Series Preview: Tropicana is about to ROCK

They’ve been the Rays longer than they were the Devil Rays, which is weird.

The Rays have shot out of the gates with a really impressive combination of excellent offense and even better pitching. They’ve carried their opener strategy from last season to this year, but not quite as often, though Blake Snell’s broken toe has made it a bit more of their strategy for the time being. An injury to Austin Meadows is bad news for him as he was hitting .351/.422/.676 to start the season, but...

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Where you can find former Royals around baseball

Old friend alert The 2015 championship flag will fly forever, but many of the friends that helped win that championship have now departed. The Milwaukee Brewers have basically become “Royals 2.0” with ex-Royals Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Jeremy Jeffress, Erik Kratz, and Manny Pina all contributing to Milwakuee’s playoff push last year. Kratz has since been dealt to the Giants, and you can find numerous former Royals all over the big leagues. Here is an update on where you can find...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms open thread

Podrick is.....The Masked Singer!

Use this as an open thread for Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (Season 8, Episode 2), but watch out, spoilers abound.

In this episode:

It’s a big reunion in Winterfell, as we see Jamie Lannister reunited with his brother Tyrion, Theon Greyjoy reunite with the Stark family he grew up with, Samwell Tarley, Jon Snow, and Edd, the old friends from the Night’s Watch reunited, even Jorah reunites with cousin Lyanna! Arya is thirsty on what...

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 22, 2019

Well, the offense looks good! Royals Rumblings - News for April 22, 2019 Alex Gordon had good things to say about the offense on Sunday. “There is no quit in us,” Gordon said. “We are having good at-bats. These are tough pitchers we have faced. Paxton did a good job, but I thought we were having some good at-bats. It was just a matter of time. We have confidence in every inning against whoever pitches over there.” Danny Duffy could return soon after throwing 5 1?3 innings with just...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Royals fall to Yankees 7-6 in battle of bullpen blown leads

The offense has a nice comeback, but again, that bullpen.

Austin Romine lofted a fly ball for a single in the tenth to give the Yankees a 7-6 win and series win. Jake Diekman began the tenth and immediately struggled with his command, walking the first two hitters. He was yanked for Ian Kennedy, who gave up a sacrifice bunt by Thairo Estrada to move the runners to second and third before giving up the fly ball to Romine.

The story early in the day was Yankees starter James Paxton, who was...

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