Found September 24, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
Kansas City Royals
San Francisco Giants
Our next contestants on the Post-Mortem series are, in something of an upset, the third team in the AL Central to be eliminated and, in nothing of an upset, a popular favorite pre-season dark horse who completely failed to live up to that billing. That's right, you know them, you mock them... the Kansas City Royals!
If you're new here (which about 90% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from the playoffs, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is to post these the day after a team is eliminated. Also, for the first ten teams eliminated, we're going to post a series called "Hope for the Hopeless", which is going to be an expanded version of the "What Went Right" portion of the Post-Mortem series pieces.
What Went Right: Though it never fully seemed to click, the Royal...
BEST OF MAXIM
Ten games in the 2012 season that could have changed the Royals' fate from a third-place finish to a contender. In order:
April 11: A's 5, Royals 4, 12 innings: This was the crusher that launched the Royals' 12-game losing streak, stunning fans and burying the Royals. The Royals had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the 12th and seemed primed to return home with a successful...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Late in yet another lost season, an announced crowd of 22,960 fans showed up at Kauffman Stadium, on an NFL Sunday to boot, to see the out-of-contention Royals meet the pitiful Cleveland Indians, who had lost 40 of their previous 52 games.
Mostly to see the Royals' future, as in rookie Jake Odorizzi, the right-handed prospect acquired in the Zack Greinke...
by John Viril—
I know that’s a harsh sentence to write, especially following two consecutive strong outings by LHP Bruce Chen. Yet, with the Royals committed to improving their starting rotation, someone has to go. One of those “someones” is Bruce Chen.
As I stated a few days ago, I actually like Bruce Chen. I like how he takes the ball every 5 days. I like how he uses hard...
Listen, I’m as guilty of this as anyone…probably even more so. But the 2012 Kansas City Royals are who we thought they were, almost exactly. They’re three wins away from the team’s best record in four seasons, and seven away from their best in ten. They are young, volatile, and improving. Their offense is developing into a potent force, their bullpen is the strength of the...
Jake Odorizzi did not get a victory in his major league debut Sunday, but the Kansas City Royals' 22-year-old right-hander was impressive. Odorizzi restricted the Cleveland Indians to a pair of Shin-Soo Choo singles and no runs the first five innings. He yielded three runs on four consecutive hits, including a two-run Carlos Santana homer, in the sixth before being pulled in...
by John Viril—
Today, Kansas City Royals owner David Glass said the team would do what was necessary to improve the starting pitching and indicated he was willing to operate the team at a loss to do so.
The moon must be blue, pigs are flocking for their migratory winter trek, and Black Swans are gathering. The most notoriously cheap owner in baseball is willing to eat losses...
by John Viril—
Today’s 15-4 drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Indians ended the last remote possibility that the Royals could make the playoffs. That the team was still in theoretical contention as late as September 23 for the Central Division title is, I suppose, progress of a sort. In reality, the Royals playoff hopes were dashed during April’s 12-game losing streak...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Cleveland Indians routed Kansas City 15-4 Sunday in their highest-scoring game of the season.
Santana connected for a two-run shot in the sixth inning off Jake Odorizzi, who lost in his major league debut. Santana added his team-leading 18th homer, a three-run drive during a seven-run ninth.
Making his debut on i70baseball, the following article is from Carson Redmond, a young fan of the Kansas City Royals. Carson’s articles will appear here from time to time and you can find thoughts from him, his father, and the rest of his family over at Redmonds On The Royals.
On July 10, 2012, the world turned their heads toward Kansas City while they hosted the All-Star game...