Found July 14, 2013 on The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril— The Kansas City Royals made some odd choices with their pitching staff before Sunday’s 6-4 loss against Cleveland. In the finale before the All-Star break, the Royals designated reliever J.C. Gutierrez for assignment to make room for Wade Davis’ return from paternity leave. Donnie Joseph, who had replaced Davis on the roster, was sent back to AAA Omaha in favor of fellow lefty Everett Teaford. The whole series of moves seems strange. J.C. Gutierrez has no minor league options left. By designating him to assignment, the Royals are exposing him to waivers—knowing that Gutierrez has been too effective to pass (3.38 ERA in 25 IP). Gutierrez has shown a career high 95 mph fastball this season. Manager Ned Yost told beat reporter Dick Kaegel, “Guty’s going to get picked up. I don’t see him getting through waivers with that arm.” That begs the question why the Royals kept recently recalled Louis Coleman on the roster, when he has minor league options available rather than ex...

Kansas City Royals Activate Pitcher Wade Davis

The Kansas City Royals activated right-handed pitcher Wade Davis over the weekend from the paternity leave list. Davis has struggled in 2013, posting a 5.89 earned run average to go along with a brutal 1.75 WHIP. In a corresponding move, the Royals designated right-handed reliever J.C. Gutierrez for assignment to make room for Davis. The post Kansas City Royals Activate Pitcher...

Tough decision ahead for Moore regarding Ervin Santana

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals. CRUNCH TIME You know that in his heart, general manager Dayton Moore wants to keep pending free agent Ervin Santana through the season, watch him help the Royals contend, and then, if he can't sign him to an extension (granted, not realistic with the season Santana is having), take the sandwich pick in...

Greg Holland named to AL All-Star team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The last time the Royals had three All-Stars, they were only three years removed from a World Series championship. So, yeah, it's been a while. Until now. Closer Greg Holland was named as a replacement on the AL All-Star squad Sunday, joining left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez. Holland replaces Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma,...

Royals Recall Reliever Everett Teaford

The Kansas City Royals have recalled left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford from their Triple-A Omaha minor league affiliate. Teaford has a solid 2.88 ERA in 23 games at AAA this season. In a corresponding move, the Royals optioned left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph to Omaha. Joseph, who was recently recalled, only appeared in two games and provides Kansas City with pitching depth for...

Kansas City Royals: Mid-Season Report Card

Team:  Kansas City Royals Record (games back): 43-49 (8 GB) Biggest Surprise of 1st Half: For a time in June, the Kansas City Royals pitching staff owned the best ERA in the American League. That’s quite saying something for a group that ended last season in shreds.  By the end of 2012, the Royals rotation featured Bruce Chen (5.07 ERA / 1.37 WHIP), Luke Hochevar (5.37/1.42)...

3 in the Kee: Will the Royals please, or just be another tease?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just when you think the Royals are out, they pull you back in again. And then the vicious cycle starts all over. As we take a deep breath at the All-Star Break, you can't help but wonder: Will the next 10 weeks become the stuff of legend? Or just another tease? 3 REASONS FOR ROYALS FANS TO DREAM BIG IN THE SECOND HALF ... :03 ... The schedule. With 14 games...

Mike Moustakas vs. the Fastball: he’s hitting it again

by John Viril— y Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas looked like a budding star at this time last season. He hit .268/.327/. 490 along with 15 home runs before the 2012 All-Star break. He played gold glove quality defense (Moustakas led all 3rd basemen in UZR in 2012). In short, Moustakas absence in the All-Star game seemed to be a snub. Since then, Mike Moustakas  has hit...

Royals should be sellers

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Preview: Shields, Royals look to avoid sweep by Indians

Ubaldo Jimenez has pitched worse each successive time he has faced the Kansas City Royals this year heading into his fourth such outing.Kansas City has to like its chances of avoiding a sweep by Jimenez's Cleveland Indians with James Shields on the mound.The visiting Royals have had trouble hitting Jimenez this year but they have won eight straight outings by Shields heading...

Kazmir hoping for more support in start against Royals

A struggling Jeremy Guthrie pitched well in his last start. Whether he has made any permanent strides will be seen when he takes the ball for the visiting Kansas City Royals, who look to snap a three-game losing streak Saturday night against the Cleveland Indians. Guthrie (8-6, 4.12 ERA) was 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA over a four-start stretch before allowing one run, six hits and one walk...

Gordon, Hardy cash in on All-Star appearances

Kansas City's Alex Gordon didn't realize the worth of an All-Star appearance. Yes, there's the prestige. But in his case, there's a huge financial award tucked away in his contract. By making the American League team for Tuesday night's game at Citi Field, the Royals outfielder received automatic $500,000 raises in each of the next two seasons and will earn...

Garage Sale Pitchers: Bruce Chen, Danny Salazar

I don't have to preach how important it is have starting pitching. I'm constantly on the look out for pitchers that can be bought cheap, some times even for free. Just like at a garage sale, looking for pitching takes a little bit of time and maybe just a drive by to see if something catches your eye. This week, let's look at two starting pitchers that just might be worth...
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