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by John Viril—
Dayton Moore is a Prophet.
Move over Nostradamus. Forget about Jimmy the Greek. Three weeks ago, Dayton Moore asserted that his team would “keep pushing” to win this season instead of selling off assets as the trade deadline approached. He insisted that there was “no reason” that the Royals could not win 15 of 20 games and pull into contention.
Moore’s comment was mocked far and wide in sports bars, in living rooms, and across the internet. Blogger Rany Jazayerli insisted the Royals should sell. Craig Brown from Royals Review called for Moore’s head. I derided Moore for being “unrealistic” and insisted that he made a mistake by failing to trade not only pending free agent Ervin Santana, but making the case that Greg Holland should be put on the block as well.
The very next day Moore’s team returned from the All-Star break and did exactly what their general manager said they could do. The Kansas City Royals have now won 15 of their 19 games. If you inclu...
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Ok. I can’t stand it anymore. The way Ned Yost handles pitchers drives me nuts.
I know this is probably the most common fan complaint in all of baseball. But, Yost seems almost mechanically devoted to the 100 pitch limit. Come hell or high water, Yost expects his starter to deliver at least 100 pitches, no matter what the game situation.
Last night, starter Bruce...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Last week's trading deadline came and went, and the man they call "Magic" remained a Royal, much to his delight, his teammates' delight, and the delight of the Twitter world.
In fact, Ervin Santana, a pending free agent, instantly went to Twitter when the deadline passed and tweeted out a huge "Yessssssss!!!!!!"
by John Viril—
Alcides Escobar is an offensive liability.
There’s really no way to sugar-coat it. Long considered a “glove-first” player, Escobar raised hopes by hitting a solid .293/.331/.390 line last season. One of the key questions coming into the 2013 season was whether Escobar could maintain his improvement at the plate.
The answer is a resounding NO.
Rather than showing...
Salvador Perez may not come off the 7-day DL in exactly seven days, but he is making progress. The Kansas City Royals catcher, who has taken more than his fair share of foul tips off his catcher's mask, was placed on the DL a couple days ago. However, he is making progress already.
Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says Perez is getting healthier and taking small steps...
The Kansas City Royals continued their winning ways on Thursday night, getting a great performance from Bruce Chen. Chen shut down the best offense in baseball, the Red Sox, in 7.2 innings of dominant pitching.
Chen didn’t allow a run against first-place Boston. He only recorded two strikeouts, but he continually changed speeds and forced weak contact from Red Sox hitters.
These Kansas City Royals have turned out to be quite the pesky bunch. How dare they turn the tables on us, taking a 6-3 deficit and turning it into a 9-6 victory. That’s what we do, not what is done to us. Let’s face it, six runs and eleven hits is generally a win, but Peavy fell apart early and two guys I never heard of (Drake Britton and Pedro Beato) did the rest. The...
Justin Maxwell has provided a huge boost for Kansas City since coming over from the Astros.
Maxwell homered and then singled twice in a six-run sixth as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
The Royals have won 15 of their past 17 games to move seven games above .500, matching their best record of the season. They are 4 1-2 games...
Bruce Chen outdueled Jon Lester as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Thursday night.
The Royals won for the 16th time in 20 games since the All-Star break. The Red Sox, who have the best record in the American League, lost for only the third time in 10 games.
Chen, who was making his fifth start since beginning the season in the bullpen, did not allow a...
The Kansas City Royals set another new ratings record on Fox Sports Kansas City. In other news, MLB on FOX fell below a 2.0 rating for the 13th time in 17 tries, and primetime soccer […]
Ready to believe yet?
It’s not just that Bruce Chen not only turned in a magnificent performance Thursday when the Royals opened what amounts to a four-game weekend measurement against Boston with a 5-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals also pinned a loss on a long-time nemesis in Red Sox lefty Jon Lester who had a 1.64 ERA and a no-hitter against them on his career resume...
The Royals continued their recent tear with a commanding 5-1 win over the Red Sox.
Kansas City jumped out to an early lead due to a sloppy 1st inning from Boston. Jon Lester threw a whopping 46 pitches and managed to escape with just three runs given up. The weak performance in the inning was aided by a horrendous display of outfield defense by the inimitable Jonny Gomes. On a routine...
(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)Why can't we get left-handed starters like Bruce Chen? Oh, wait, we did have him—ten years ago. The Panamanian native pitched in just five games for the Carmine Hose in 2003—going 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA. Even then, it seemed like anyone with a wooden stick could rip gap shots off the guy—against his "overpowering" 83-MPH fastballs. That...
This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Thursday, August 8th, 2013.
Games – 7 AL Games – 2 NL Games – 5 IL Games – 0
American League Games (2):
Detroit Tigers (67-45) @ Cleveland Indians (62-52) – 7:05 pm In a series the Indians desperately needed to win or tie, they fell short now down 3-0 and the possibility of being swept. Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.47) will...
6:14 p.m.: David Ortiz is coming off back-to-back four-hit games, but he won’t be in Thursday’s starting lineup.
Ortiz will get the night off with lefty Bruce Chen on the mound. It’ll be Ortiz’s first day off since July 5, and Jonny Gomes will bat cleanup in his place. Gomes will man left field and Daniel Nava will play first base, while Mike Napoli will assume Ortiz’s...