Found May 10, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
One year ago, Eric Hosmer was a day away from hitting his first MLB home run en route to a .293-19-78 season in just 128 games. Today that all seems like a distant memory as he’s hitting just .181-5-16 in 30 games and is being talked about as a second-year bust. I say not so fast ye whom are quick to judge. First let’s take a look at his plate discipline: It’s evident from the table that Hosmer has greatly improved his approach at the plate. He’s become much more selective by swinging at fewer pitches outside the strike zone, but also fewer pitches overall. This has helped him increase his walks and cut down on the strikeouts (not that he was ever striking out a lot before). Also, his .172 ISO is identical to last year’s mark so the power is about the same. So what is causing Hosmer to under produce so much? You guessed it, his .168 BABIP. Here’s a table with his batting average broken down by batted ball: You can see that Hosmer has had bad luck in every type of batted ball ...

Moose, Hos and Hoch: a few musings about the first 29 games.

29 games are done. The Royals are 10-19. Did we expect them to be a little better record-wise? Of course! Are we surprised? Not a chance. A brutal 12 game losing streak left fans, players and coaches downtrodden early on in what many already call another lost season. On the bright side, the Royals are 10-7 outside of that streak, split a four game series with the Yanks and are over...

Giovotella wants to help Royals win

The conventional wisdom has been that when Royals prospect Johnny Giavotella was going to get promoted from Triple-A Omaha this season, he would then become the full-time starter at second base. The organizational philosophy is simple: It's better for Giavotella to get his at-bats and work on his defense at Omaha rather than sit at the big-league level. Well, interestingly...

Johnny Giavotella joins the Royals, but for how long?

What an interesting Wednesday for the Kansas City Royals. Before the game with the Boston Red Sox, the Royals called up infielder Johnny Giavotella and put LHP Jonathan Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Then for Wednesday’s game, Manager Ned Yost put Giavotella in the lineup as the designated hitter, Billy Butler at first base and Irving Falu at third...

Bryan LaHair’s Fantastic Start

Some Cubs fans entered the season with relatively high expectations for Bryan LaHair. Others weren't optimistic at all. I was somewhere in between. I was fairly certain LaHair's numbers were so damn good at AAA that it indicated he should probably be about a league average ballplayer at the MLB level. To this point we've [...]

Chen gets 1st win, Royals beat Red Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Bruce Chen picked up his first victory of the season, Alcides Escobar drove in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals held off the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Wednesday night. Jonathan Broxton worked around a leadoff single and walk in the ninth inning for his seventh save in eight opportunities. Chen (1-4) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings...

Is Bryan LaHair’s Success Sustainable?

A visual analysis of Bryan LaHair’s swing. Yes. Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair will sustain his success. The Cubs have indeed caught lightning in a bottle. LaHair is leading the MLB with a .510 BABIP and is third behind Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton with a 36.4% HR/FB ratio. Fans of Chicago’s northside and fans of regression to the mean have begun to pay extra close attention...

Recap: Controversial call helps lift Royals over Sox 4-3

The Sox put themselves in an early hole they couldn't climb out of in tonight's loss, in part thanks to a controversial call made on a play in the outfield. A fly ball was hit to left that a retreating Cody Ross appeared to catch, but as he made a couple of steps the ball came out of his glove, hit the wall, and then went back into his glove. The umpires ruled that Ross...

Royals' Sanchez placed on DL

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to May 8, with left biceps tendinitis. The lefty was pounded for six runs in three innings on May 7, and has a 6.75 ERA through his first six outings. He was acquired by the Royals over the winter for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Royals 6, Red Sox 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Billy Butler hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night. Butler homered off Matt Albers, who replaced Daniel Bard after Bard walked Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon to leadoff the inning. Butler hit Albers' third pitch out to left-center. He leads the Royals with six home...

Royals load bases twice but come up empty

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals had bases-loaded opportunities against Gavin Floyd early and late. Both times they failed to produce a clutch hit and the result was a 5-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. It marked the third time this season the Royals have been shut out. Floyd escaped a bases-loaded situation in the second when he got Alcides Escobar and Humberto...

Butler's 3-run homer helps Royals beat Red Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Boston Red Sox have moved Daniel Bard from the bullpen, where he was very effective last year, to the rotation. For seven innings against the Kansas City Royals it looked like a wise decision, but a tiring Bard opened the eighth inning by walking Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon. That was manager Bobby Valentine's cue to bring in reliever Matt Albers, who...

Taking Stock: Sox - Royals series

After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value. Offense Mike Aviles: Mike didn't get the job done in the series. He did have a few hits, but couldn't get the offense sparked from the top spot. Dustin Pedroia: Pedey has been looking good, and looked great in the first game. A couple of 1-fo-4's  to...

Could Josh Beckett Become a Kansas City Royal?

Josh Beckett is currently throwing a 5.97 ERA with 2 wins and 4 losses. That is not good enough, when you are making 17 million dollars a year. This could mean that the Boston Red Socks could cut Josh Beckett. Josh Beckett is also under heat because he said he was hurt and skipped a start but played golf the next day. In his last start he was booed and only lasted 2 innings, getting...

Double-A no hitter

The Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, experienced the joy of participating in one of baseball’s truly rare moments, the no-hitter.  The Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals experienced the agony of being on the receiving end. The following press releases were sent in to the i70 mailbox from the two teams. Naturals No-Hit Cardinals...

Game 30: Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals

Red Sox (12-17) Aviles SS Pedroia 2B Ortiz DH Gonzalez 1B Middlebrooks 3B Ross LF Saltalamacchia C Byrd CF Sweeney RF Royals (10-19) Dyson CF Gordon LF Butler 1B Francoeur RF Giavotella DH Pena C Falu 3B Getz 2B Escobar SS
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