Category Archives: ROYALS

Jason Vargas for MVP! Great numbers make LHP the Royals first-half-of-season star

Jason Vargas

This defies reality, but I promise is not fake news. The Royals’ Jason Vargas, a 34-year-old left-hander, has won more than 11 games in the majors in only one season, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA in 33 Seattle starts…Until this year, that is.

Vargas had already claimed an American League-leading 12 victories entering July. His 2.22 ERA was the best in the American League. He went 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in June. He is 7-1 with an AL-leading 1.84 ERA in his first nine home starts this season.

Should the Royals be sellers or buyers as MLB trade deadline approaches?

Royals trade

With the trading deadline looming at the end of the month, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore will face some key decisions that will determine the Royals future not only for this season, but could impact the franchise for the next several years.

Everyone knows the Royals list of potential free agents – third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar and left-handers Jason Vargas and Mike Minor. Trade several of those and the Royals should be able to get back a boatload of prospects, many nearly Major League-ready.

Injury to pitcher Danny Duffy puts Royals’ rotation in a bind

Danny Duffy

The next time Danny Duffy takes the mound for the Kansas City Royals will be after the All-Star break.

In a season where little has gone right for the Royals, they lost their best starting pitcher with a Grade-One plus oblique strain.

For the Royals, time is rapidly running out for a turnaround in 2017

Royals-time-running-out

I’m not ready to wave the white flag yet on the season for the Kansas City Royals, but I have taken it out of the closet and am close to running it up the pole.

I know it is a long season, but it is getting late to say it is early. A third of the season has passed and the Royals have shown little signs of making a serious run to make it into the postseason.

In fact, entering June the Royals are not only in last place in the American League Central, but have the worst record in the AL. That is the bad news. The good news is that despite their travails they are only 6½ games out of first.

Will May be better for the Kansas City Royals? They’re glad to be past April

Royals in May

Will May be better? It can’t be much worse than April was for the Royals.

When the Kansas City Royals hit a major league-worst .210 in April, you can expect a bad month. When you add to that a .270 on-base percentage and a .336 slugging percentage, also, all worst in the bigs, you know that is going to add up to a lot of losses.

When you score a big league-worst 63 runs, 24 fewer than the next club, it is going to be a long, long, month.

When your bullpen, once a strength, is 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA and with more blown saves, four, than saves, three, and you know it must be horrible month.

It was. Ending with a nine-game losing streak and the American League Central caboose.

Royals’ DH Brandon Moss says it’ll take time, but the team just has to “play good baseball” to overcome bad start

Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss knows the hole the Kansas City Royals dug early in the season.

While it is not the depth of Grand Canyon and can be climbed out of, it will be a mule-pack progress. It won’t be a quarter-horse sprinting at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

Moss is hitting .159 with four home runs, three of them solos, and 24 strikeouts in early May.  The Royals are in last place in the American League Central thanks to a nine-game losing streak to end April.

Why Mike Moustakas must be re-signed by the KC Royals

Mike Moustakas

Royals fans know one of the looming questions surrounding this season is which of four top players in the last year of the contract will stay in Kansas City. Based on the Royals cap space and the money they can offer, it’s most likely they can only keep one of the four. Out of the four of them, however, the Royals need to get Mike Moustakas a new contract above Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar.

KC Royals get a poor grade for their play in the month of April

Royals poor grade

You can’t put too much in giving a grade for the first month of the Royals’ season but when we look at the predictions versus the predicament of the 2017 Kansas City Royals: most of us could only do if-then statements.

If we are winning, we are all in. If we are losing, goodbye to Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Jason Vargas and/or Alcides Escobar.

We also looked at the off-season moves with wonder as general manager Dayton Moore traded away Wade Davis, one of the game’s best closers, and Jarrod Dyson, who has game-changing speed.

Sure it is early and too often the struggles out of the gate tend to be weighed more heavily versus mid-season bumps and slumps. I do know this; we have no idea what the roster will look like come August and September. Mark down the July 31st trade deadline on your calendars and be prepared for a bumpy ride.

Branches-Limbs-Twigs season predictions for the Royals

Royals predictions traded

APRIL 2017 – Each year I jump out and release my annual BLT (branches-limbs-twigs) predictions for the Kansas City Royals.

The past two years have been somewhat easier to guess since positions were set and contract statuses were not a concern.

Heading into the 2017 season, most of us feel like we are in a holding pattern until we know where the Royals stand in the playoff hunt in 2017. “Should they stay or should they go” will be chatted about on the airways and at work as everyone plays general manager during the season.

Royals looking to get back to postseason before core players exit via free agency

Royals free agents

APRIL 2017 – Things were spinning so fast, even Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost had some fleeting doubts.

There was the death of Yordano “Ace” Ventura in late January just before the team reported to spring training. And the off-season forced trades of closer Wade Davis and speedster outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who are both eligible for free agency after this season, for property the Royals can control for a longer period.

“With everything we’ve had go on, losing Ventura, having to trade Wade, having to trade Dyson, I think there were some questions in my mind how good we were going to be,” Yost said.