/Sports/MLB/Kansas City Royals/ Last Updated: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019 @ 8:15pm EDT

Royals Review

Max Rieper

World Series Game 2 open thread

Merry Strasmas!

The Astros entered this series as overwhelming favorites, but tonight is a bit of a “must win” for them as they already find themselves down 1-0 with the series moving to Washington on Friday. Justin Verlander will be tasked to hold the Nats off, but Verlander has struggled in the Fall Classic with a 5.67 ERA in five career starts.

Yordan Alvarez - who went 2-for-3 with a walk last night, moves up to the sixth spot with Carlos Correa moving down.

Game 2 lineup...

Royals Review

Jesse A Anderson

2019 Season in Review: Homer Bailey

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The former ace showed he still had some tricks up his sleeve.

In 2013, Homer Bailey had a very good season for a pitcher. He threw 209 innings in 32 starts with an ERA of 3.49 and 199 strikeouts to only 54 walks. The following off-season he signed a six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds. This contract was a bit of an outlier even at the time. Bailey had never been a true “ace”, but he was getting something close to ace money.

Bailey’s 2014 was...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Royals' next manager likely to come from within organization

It continues to look as if the Royals’ next manager will come from within the organization. Special advisor Mike Matheny is still “the strong favorite” to land the position, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links). However, the Royals aren’t simply going to hand him the job. They just completed a two-day interview with bullpen coach Vance Wilson, Sherman reports. Matheny, who managed the Cardinals from 2012-18, has also landed on other clubs’ radars this...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Prospect rewind, Yohanse Morel

When acquired in a 2018 trade, Yohanse Morel was considered an afterthought. Now he finds himself as one of the Kansas City Royals’ top 30 prospects. When the Kansas City Royals were looking to trade Kelvin Herrera for prospects in 2018, he was a top bullpen arm. After the Royals moved him for Kelvin Gutierrez, […] Kansas City Royals: Prospect rewind, Yohanse Morel - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Matthew LaMar

The Royals’ approach to analytics isn’t nearly enough

Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Everyone does analytics. It’s about what comes next.

At the end of the first chapter of The MVP Machine, co-written by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik, lies one of the most memorable quotes about baseball in recent memory. It comes from an anonymous analyst in an MLB front office. It is profound in its simplicity:

I don’t think people realize that if you’re a Moneyball team right now, you’re getting your ass handed to you. When you hear the smart...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Making the case, Diamondbacks free agents

Continuing our series about potential 2020 free agents, we consider the more notable Arizona Diamondback free agents the Kansas City Royals may be (or may not be) interested in. The Arizona Diamondbacks have some problems. They play in the National League West, a division now won seven straight seasons by the Los Angeles Dodgers. They […] Kansas City Royals: Making the case, Diamondbacks free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Royals interview Vance Wilson for managerial opening

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals need a manager, otherwise players won’t know when to bat!

The Royals have interviewed bullpen coach Vance Wilson for their managerial opening, according to reporter Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Wilson has been the bullpen coach for the Royals the last two seasons, and was a minor league manager in the organization for seven seasons prior to that. He was a catcher in the big leagues for eight seasons, including six with the New York Mets....

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Revisiting the 2015 ALCS Game 6

The Kansas City Royals get to return to Kauffman Stadium for Game 6 but will have to quiet down the Blue Jays bats if they want to prevent a Game 7. The Kansas City Royals still had hopes of making it to the World Series for the second year in a row, but they would […] Kansas City Royals: Revisiting the 2015 ALCS Game 6 - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Making the case, Orioles free agents

Ahead of Kansas City Royals free agency, let’s take a look at the Baltimore Orioles’ upcoming free agents and decide whether the team should pursue any. Welcome to the continuation of our “Kansas City Royals: Making the case” series for free agency. The Baltimore Orioles were one of few teams worse than the hometown Royals […] Kansas City Royals: Making the case, Orioles free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Royals Rumbling - News for October 23, 2019

Fancy dress. | Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Over at the official team blog of the Royals, Nick Kappel runs through Jorge Soler’s history, from his defection from Cuba in 2011 through his record-breaking 2019 season.

After the injury healed, Soler rejoined [private hitting coach Mike] Tosar in Miami last offseason. He wanted to continue refining his approach under the tutelage of Tosar and his relentless style.

They would meet four to five times a week, but only after Soler would run or lift...

Royals Review

Matthew LaMar

World Series Game One Thread: Nationals vs Astros

Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates winning the NL pennant after a 7-4 win in Game 4 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Washington, District of Columbia. | Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

It’s here!

Tonight begins the first game of the World Series. Woohoo! Playing tonight are the Washington Nationals, the Wild Card winner out of the National League, and the Houston Astros, the best team in...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Soler Power

The Great 48: A Cuban slugger’s journey to the Royals’ single-season home run record This story was featured in Issue 6.2 of Royals Baseball Insider. A beam of sunlight shined through the clouds and into a batting cage in Miami, Florida. A young Cuban slugger took another hack off the tee, causing a thwack sound to echo throughout the neighborhood. It was the winter of 2018. That’s where the slugger learned to generate what’s now referred to in Kansas City as Soler power. Three...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Royals local television ratings remain steady despite mounting losses

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports Are you guys just tuning in to see Rex Hudler? The Royals have lost 207 games over the last two seasons, but fans continue to tune in with steady ratings, according to numbers provided by Maury Brown at Forbes. The Royals still ranked ninth in the league in local television ratings, averaging a 4.66 in prime time games, with 42,000 viewers per night. The numbers represent a slight decline of 5 percent over 2018’s numbers, but the 2018 numbers fell over 40...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Top moments of the 2019 season

The Kansas City Royals produced another 100-loss season, but there were some moments that will be remembered and written down in the Royals history books. For the Kansas City Royals, the 2019 regular season is one that the fans and the players will soon hopefully forget. For the second year in a row, the team […] Kansas City Royals: Top moments of the 2019 season - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

David Lesky

A Tale of Two Doziers

Sep 27, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier (17) doubles during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken | Peter G. Aiken

It was the best of seasons, it was something less than the best of seasons. Something changed after Dozier’s thorax injury.

At the start of the 2019 season, the faith the Royals placed in Hunter Dozier was still more hopeful than based in reality. He had hit just...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Making the case, Indians free agents

The Cleveland Indians are consistently the best ballclub in the American League Central. The Kansas City Royals would be wise to consider their impending free agents. 2019 must be considered a down year for the Cleveland Indians. They still finished with 93 wins, which is two games better than in 2018. They not only failed […] Kansas City Royals: Making the case, Indians free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Making the case, Cardinals free agents

Ahead of Kansas City Royals free agency, let’s take a look at the St. Louis Cardinals’ upcoming free agents and decide whether the team should pursue any. Welcome to the continuation of our “Kansas City Royals: Making the case” series for free agency. The St. Louis Cardinals created a ton of positive momentum down the stretch […] Kansas City Royals: Making the case, Cardinals free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion...

Royals Review

Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2019

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Happy World Series Day!

Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2019

In his mailbag column, Jeffrey Flanagan expects Dayton Moore to stay.

Soon-to-be new owner John Sherman, I’ve heard, is a big fan of Dayton Moore, so don’t expect any change in the Royals’ front office. An extension certainly is possible.

As far as analytics go, Moore is not anti-analytics by any stretch. He meets with his analytics staff regularly and makes decisions based on their...

Royals Review

Jack S. Johnson

Season Review: Adalberto Mondesi

Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

We saw flashes of a star.

In his first season playing over 100 games, the Royals’ fan base caught a glimpse of what the future has in store for shortstop Adalberto Mondesi. At only 24 years of age, the switch-hitter finished his 2019 season slashing .263/.291/.424 while driving in 62 and swiping 43 bags. He also finished atop the league with 10 triples, tied with teammates Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier.

Speed was Mondesi’s best attribute. His...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

A look at the odds on who will be the next Royals manager

John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images There are long odds. And short odds. And Mike Matheny. And then there were seven. Seven! That’s how many managerial openings remain after the inevitable hiring of Joe Maddon by the Angels. I swear, that coupling was so obviously happening that when it actually went down, it seemed like no one noticed. Maddon got hired by the Angels? OK. The World Series starts this week and the managerial musical chairs will come to a...

The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program.
The time or date displayed (including in the Timeline of Articles feature) reflects when an article was added to or updated in LooksNeat.