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Royals Review

Jesse A Anderson

Can this team have a .500 month?

It could happen in July or August

Rather than go on and on about how bad this season has been, I want to take a few moments to look ahead and see if there is any light at the end of the tunnel. Suppose the Royals stand mostly pat at the deadline (which seems unlikely, but for the sake of argument). Perhaps they jettison a few parts (Hamilton, Duda, Maldonado, a few bullpen pieces) and replace them with similar production from AAA/AAAA players already in the organisation, but maintain the...

Royals Review

Jack S. Johnson

Should the Royals bring Mike Moustakas back in 2020?

Does it make sense to bring back the fan favorite?

Could Mike Moustakas return to Kansas City in 2020?

I know what you’re thinking. Nostalgic. Sentimental. Living in the past. All these terms can be muttered when dreaming of recreating a memory that once was. As fans continue to suffer through a second season of miserable baseball, it seems timely to mention that only six players remain that played in a single game for the Royals in 2015. Alex Gordon, Adalberto Mondesi, Cheslor Cuthbert,...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for June 17, 2019

The Royals win for the dads.

Royals Rumblings - News for June 17, 2019

Ned Yost praised Wily Peralta’s performance in their win over the Twins on Sunday.

“He came in on the attack,” Yost said of Peralta. “That’s the best stuff I’ve seen him have all year. He was just lights out.”

Peralta said his stuff was, indeed, exceptional.

“I feel like my last two outings here were pretty much the best I felt all year,” Peralta said. “I was locating my pitches and made good pitches...

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Ryan Landreth

Royals avoid sweep by beating Twins, 8-6

After disappointing mothers everywhere by getting destroyed on Mother’s Day, the Royals came through for the dads out there, beating the Twins, 8-6.

Also, these guys are the best in the world at losing a ton of games but not getting swept very often.

Second inning: Jorge Bonifacio got his first hit since re-joining the team by reaching on an infield single, scoring Jorge Soler. Martin Maldonado and Whit Merrifield also hit run-scoring singles in the frame, giving the Royals a 3-0 lead....

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Royals catcher celebrates Father's Day with awesome clip-on tie

The Father’s Day celebrations we saw around MLB on Sunday were all fantastic, but Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado took the cake. Check out this clip-on tie he wore outside his chest protector during Sunday’s game. This awesome Father’s Day tie also seems to be sending someone a message, given the first word in front of the list of names Maldonado wrote is “Pay.” Top marks for creativity, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say about the tie after Sunday’s game.

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Ryan Landreth

Sunday Thread: AL’s Best vs. AL’s Second Worst

Guess which one the Royals are?


In the 13th year of a tenure.


The Royals, still without a road series win as we hit Father’s Day, will try to avoid getting swept by Minnesota.

Royals Review

Bradford Lee

Remembering Bob Lemon

The original turnaround artist

Well, there are three things that the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else: build a fire, run a hotel and manage a baseball team.

-Rocky Bridges

After seeing this quote from Rocky Bridges, I must admit that I am guilty of two of these sins. I feel confident about my fire making skills. I’ve been making fire for fifty years, I love burning things and I did raise two Eagle Scouts, who have formidable fire making skills of their own. Growing up,...

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Watch: Sparkman: 'I just fell behind a little too much' against Twins

Glenn Sparkman on his outing against the Twins: "I just fell behind a little too much... I just got to keep going at guys and staying on the attack and not really try to nibble too much around the plate."

Royals Review

Jack S. Johnson

Royals can’t hold the lead as the Twins storm back to win, 5-4

It was pretty until it wasn’t

On the day that the twin cities celebrated the great Joe Mauer’s career by retiring his number, the Royals and Twins kicked off game two of their three game set. After jumping out to early lead in this one, Kansas City couldn’t hold off the surging division leaders, falling in a close one, 5-4.

Facing former Royal farmhand Jake Odorizzi, who came in with 1.92 ERA, things didn’t look positive for the offense on paper. However, just four hitters into the...

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Jack S. Johnson

Game 70: Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins

Game two against the Twinkies

Kansas City Royals (22-47) @ Minnesota Twins (46-22)

Glenn Sparkman (1-2, 3.58 ERA) vs. Jake Odorizzi (9-2, 1.92 ERA)

First pitch- 6:45 CT

Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Quick Hits:

Tonight the Twins will retire Joe Mauer’s number

Adalberto Mondesi returns to the lineup hitting 2nd

Whit Merrifield is a career .333 hitter at Target Field

Down in Omaha, Brett Phillips has hit four home runs in his last eight games

Over the last seven starts, Royals...

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Hok Talk: Who can you care about on this team?

Not all of these guys are here for the long term. Don’t get your heart broken.

People say that social media is a wasteland where intellect and hope go to die. And they’re mostly right. But not always! Last night I was in a rut. I couldn’t think of what to write for today’s column. So I complained on Twitter.

Somebody tell me what to write about in tomorrow's Hok Talk for Royals Review. I'm all out of ideas. This team is just not any fun at all.

— Hokius (@Hokius) June 14,...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Weekend Rumblings - News for June 15, 2019

Can’t we all just get along?

Weekend Rumblings - News for June 15, 2019

The Royals send Ryan O’Hearn down to bring up Jorge Bonifacio.

“Ryan O’Hearn just needs to reset,” manager Ned Yost said. “He’s working his tail off and not getting anywhere. Go down there for a couple weeks, three weeks, whatever it takes to relax a little bit.

“We weren’t getting anywhere. He was getting frustrated. He’s not a .180 hitter.”

Ned seemed to indicate Jorge Bonifacio likely would...

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Watch: Yost: Umpire 'a little too sensitive' for Soler's ejection

Ned Yost defends Jorge Soler after a controversial ejection from the home plate umpire: "He thought he was being showed up... I guess just a little too sensitive today."

Royals Review


Royals waste another Brad Keller gem, lose 2-0

Sure, Jake Diekman gave up two runs in his inning but where exactly was the offense all night long?

If you’re reading this immediately after it goes live without having seen the game you’ll be thinking to yourself, “Man, that was FAST.” And it was. Kyle Gibson and Brad Keller had a very nice pitcher’s duel going for seven innings. Brad was in and out of jams from the fifth inning on, but seven scoreless innings will always be seven scoreless innings. In the modern run environment,...

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After a disappointing start to the season, Royals option Ryan O'Hearn

The Royals announced today that they have optioned first baseman Ryan O’Hearn. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by outfielder Jorge Bonifacio. It’s a somewhat disappointing moment for an organization that needs all the bright spots it can get. O’Hearn came out of nowhere in 2018, slashing a whopping .262/.353/.597 and popping a dozen long balls over 213 plate appearances. That didn’t really line up with his upper-minors numbers, leaving cause for skepticism, but the K.C. club...

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Gamethread LXVIII - Royals at Twins

Without Salvy they’re going to get swept, aren’t they?

The Royals won their game last night which gives them their first shot to win back-to-back games since May 22. It would be their first pair of wins on consecutive days since May 2. Did I mention the Twins are really good and the Royals don’t even have noted Twin-killer Salvador Perez on their roster?

The team demoted first baseman Ryan O’Hearn before the game and promoted outfielder Jorge Bonifacio. Whatever ailment is hindering...

Royals Review

David Lesky

Minnesota Twins Series Preview: The Royals would probably rather see Arnold and DeVito

17 of the Royals final 94 games are against the Twins, so get used to these previews.

Prior to the season, most people believed the Twins had a shot to win the AL Central. Most picked the Indians, but the Twins had a shot after a very nice offseason that saw them boost their offense significantly. Nobody speaking honestly would be able to tell you they saw this coming. The Twins are running away with the division, and a lot of it is because they have the best offense in baseball by a pretty...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Ned Yost’s approval ratings among the lowest in the league, according to Fanpulse results

Could Ned be on a hot seat?

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Royals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Frustrations are setting in for the Royals who have been much worse than their own expectations for the second year in a row. The Royals are 22-46, the second-worst record in all of baseball and they are on pace to win just 52 games, even worse than their 58-win season last year.

The losses have...

Royals Review

Seth Jarman

What’s going on with Scott Barlow?

He was lights out... and then he wasn’t.

In early April, the KC bullpen found themselves battling a massive dumpster fire, the likes of which we’d not seen since 2018. Pitch after pitch they hurled into the white hot blaze, but the flames kept licking at the Royals relievers. Despite the efforts of many, the squad only managed to fan the flames with the breeze of walked batsmen and passing dingers. Late into each game they toiled in vain as the flames consumed win after win. The blaze...

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