Found April 12, 2013 on The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril—One of the more interesting questions regarding the Kansas City Royals this winter was their defense. As I wrote about earlier, their poor defensive metrics did not match up with apparent fielding abilities of their individual players. Taking a quick glance at Baseball Prospectus’ Defensive Efficiency metric, we see the Royals defense is again rated below average through their first nine games (19th). What’s the deal? Well, it’s only nine games—which is about 6% of the season. Aside from that caveat, the Royals defense no longer has the excuse of limited games from  standouts like C Salvador Perez and CF Lorenzo Cain. In fact, the team has been completely healthy through the first nine games. We can’t blame sabermetric whipping-boy Yunieski Betancourt—who disappeared into the aether last season. During the winter I explored the possibility that the Royals poor defensive ranking was due to terrible starting pitching. The Royals defense can no longer make that claim, sin...

Kansas City Royals Ball Boy Forgets He's Not in the Big Leagues

Ball boys have been getting a lot of attention early in the season. The Hooters Girls that were acting in that capacity during spring training in Florida had some memorable gaffs, but the one by this ball boy for the Royals takes the cake. It appears the kid was just moving into position to catch a foul ball, but what he didn't realize is that Raji Davis, the Toronto Blue...

Kansas City Royals ball boy interferes with Rajai Davis catch

There have been plenty of instances with ball boys or ball girls interfering with live balls.  Often times it’s a ball that is ruled fair and they think it is foul and so they pick it up and toss it into the stands.  Never have I ever seen a ball boy interfere with a player trying to make a catch. On Friday night, a Kansas City Royals ball boy interfered with Toronto Blue Jays...

Greg Holland and Wade Davis struggle early this season

What a difference a week makes. After starting 0-2, the Royals won their third game against the Chicago White Sox. Next, they took two of three from the Phillies and swept the Twins in three games. Now the Royals are 6-3 and first place in the A.L. Central. The offense is scoring runs, the defense only has one error and the starting rotation is pitching well, despite giving up a...

KC rolls out the red carpet for '42' premiere

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Red carpet? Check. Paparazzi? Check. Movie stars? Check. Baseball legends? Check. Ladies and gentlemen dressed to the nines? Check. Frigid temps aside, the AMC BarryWoods 24 movie complex had everything you couldve asked for early Thursday night. Everything that is, except for Buck ONeill. Oh, man, hed be in hog heaven, Bob Kendrick, president of the nearby Negro...

Frenchy’s Excellent Adventure

by John Viril—For the first time this season, the Royals looked awful in their 8-4 loss Friday to the Toronto Blue Jays. RF Jeff Francoeur was at the forefront of embarrassing play. Frenchy’s day started with a bases-loaded strikeout in the bottom of the first with one gone. While that at bat didn’t seem to hurt the team when CF Lorenzo Cain drilled a double up the middle to...

TV Ratings: Hot Starts For Royals, Braves (Also: OKC Thunder)

The Royals have earned near-record local TV ratings this week. In other news, the Braves had their highest rated Opening Week in eight years, and the Thunder hit a TNT season-high for last week’s clash [...]

Lorenzo Cain is having a no good, very bad day in center field

If that wasn’t bad enough, there was injury to insult.
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