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The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is finally heating up. After a horrid .152/.222/.197 start to 2013, Moustakas has hit .380 with 4 walks, 2 doubles and 1 HR in 25 plate appearances since April 28. More importantly, he’s solved his problem with infield popups. Moustakas hasn’t hit an infield fly ball since April 27.
The bottom line is he’s making solid contact at the plate.
On April 23, Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters that Moustakas front foot was “drifting” on his swing, causing Moustakas to get in front of the ball. Apparently, the mechanical problem, and Moustakas’ effort to correct the flaw, wasn’t just coach-speak. The balls ringing off Moustakas’ bat are far more eloquent than any words.
Now that Mike Moustakas has addressed his popup problem, we might begin to see benefits from his increased patience at the plate. Moustakas has improved both his walk and strikeout rates in his first 100 PAs this season. So far, Moustakas has accumulated 10 walks (10.0...
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by John Viril—
After 28 games, the Kansas City Royals stand a gratifying 17-11. The good start is largely due to GM Dayton Moore’s successful (so far) reconstruction of the starting pitching staff. Royals starters rank 7th in MLB with an ERA of 3.56 and 8th in xFIP with 3.68. This result represents a massive jump from the 2012 staff’s no. 26 ranking and 5.01 staff ERA.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Right-hander Ervin Santana is exactly the pitcher the Royals envisioned they were getting when general manager Dayton Moore traded for him last fall.
And at some point this summer, Moore and the Royals will have to decide if he is a pitcher they envision in a Royals uniform beyond 2013.
Santana is in the final year of the contract he originally signed with the...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Maybe its time the Royals started doing those Southwest Airlines commercials.
They have become a team that knows how to get away.
The Royals are 6-0 on getaway days those days the team plays on the same day it travels to another city. Monday they will get a chance to make it 7-0 when they wrap their homestand against the White Sox before heading to Baltimore...
Welcome to a new feature on I70 Baseball, the Royals Power Rankings. Each week we’ll rank the top five Royals in 2013 with a heavy emphasis on their performance in the past seven days. Just moments ago, Alex Gordon topped a 4-1 week with a walk off hit in the tenth inning. The club now sits at 17-10, on pace for 102 victories. As awesome as Gordon’s hit was, the week belonged...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Once again, the resolve of the Royals will be tested.
The Royals, who have bounced back brilliantly from agonizing defeats throughout the early portion of this season, must do so again after Mondays had-it-lost-it 2-1 defeat in 11 innings to the Chicago White Sox.
The loss stained an otherwise promising homestand in which the Royals (17-11) finished 6-3.
Alex Gordon hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday and the Kansas City Royals rallied past the Chicago White Sox 6-5.
Billy Butler's two-out, two-run double in the ninth tied it for Kansas City.
Lorenzo Cain led off the 10th with his third hit and stole second with one out. With two outs, Chris Getz was intentionally walked and George Kottaras then walked...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alex Gordon hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th and the Kansas City Royals, saved when Billy Butler sent the game into extra innings, rallied past the Chicago White Sox 6-5.
Butler's two-out, two-run double in the ninth tied it for Kansas City.
Lorenzo Cain led off the 10th with his third hit and stole second with one out. With two outs, Chris...
(AP) -- Coming off a successful road trip, the Baltimore Orioles are hoping to carry their momentum over at home.
The Orioles aim for a third straight win as they open a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Averaging 5.0 runs to rank near the top of the majors, Baltimore (19-13) scored an 5.3 per game and hit 14 home runs during its recently completed...
Jeremy Guthrie went from the scrapheap to the top of the heap.
Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Kansas City Royals' 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
Guthrie is 9-0 in the 17 starts, which started against the White Sox on Aug. 8, 2012. Left-hander Paul Splittorff held the Royals' record...
Jeremy Guthrie has made a deal with God when he starts against the Chicago White Sox.
He straight up OWNS the White Sox in the last 2 years. Granted I just wrote about how anemic the White Sox offense is, so them getting schooled by any pitcher isn’t news but Guthrie is on a roll against the Pale Hose.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane and remember the good old days when Guthrie...
We considered just copy & pasting a wrap from a previous start Jeremy Guthrie had against the White Sox here. Because frankly, there's just not much to say.
The Royals defeated the White Sox 2-0 on Saturday evening thanks to Guthrie (pictured above, H/T AP) and despite a very strong effort from Sox' starter Dylan Axelrod.
After letting up two runs in the...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jeremy Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Kansas City Royals' 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
Guthrie is 9-0 in the 17 starts, which started Aug. 8, 2012, against the White Sox. Left-hander Paul Splittorff held the Royals' record with 16 straight undefeated starts...
Another day, another frustrating, stinging loss to the Kansas City Royals.
However, the White Sox found a new way to make us all pull our hair out: blow a lead in the ninth inning. Addison Reed blew his first save of the season, and then Brian Omogrosso coughed up the lead in the tenth. Let’s take a look at what to take away from this one ...
DEFENSIVE CIRCUS CONTINUES...
Kansas City Royals face Chicago White Sox in game delayed from
Friday because of rain.