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The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril---
With the season coming to a close and starters wearing down, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost needs to be more aggressive utilizing his team's strength. He needs to use his bullpen to relieve wobbling starters more to bring home wins.
The Royals have the 3rd least-used pen in baseball with 384.1 IP---about 7 innings more than the Tigers. The Royals have the 2nd lowest bullpen ERA in baseball (and 1st in the A.L.) at 2.53. They also have the reliever with the highest WAR value in baseball in Greg Holland (2.7 WAR).
With the September roster expansion to everyone on the 40-man roster eligible to play, the Royals now have 10 relievers on the roster, including recent call-ups Donnie Joseph, Louis Coleman and Wade Davis. Yost no longer needs to try to get extra outs from a starter in trouble in 5th, 6th, and 7th innings. He is well-armed to use his pen to get out of trouble.
Yost made exactly this move on Monday, when he pulled the struggling Danny Duffy in...
BEST OF MAXIM
From September 1 to the end of the season, Major League Baseball allows teams to expand their rosters from 25 to a maximum of 40 players. Teams call up players from the minors to give them major league playing time, or to add depth for a team’s potential playoff run. For many years, the Royals were out of the playoff hunt by September. So to make games somewhat interesting, the...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, recovering from a strained oblique muscle, on Tuesday took the most extensive batting-practice session yet since his injury, and he reported no discomfort.
Cain wouldn't say when the Royals may let him come off the disabled list but he did reiterate that he feels he is at the day-to-day stage.
Royals manager Ned Yost,...
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is clearly doing everything he can to boost his team's slim postseason hopes.
Now his club faces a pitching matchup Thursday night that looks unlikely to help its chances.
Seattle Mariners starter Joe Saunders is 4-0 in his career against the Royals while Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie has dropped his last five decisions versus Seattle...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals.
TIME TO DREAM?
These 2013 Royals simply won't go away.
As depressed and angered as Royals fans were Saturday after that 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays -- and, oh my, wouldn't you love to have that game back -- they have to be equally intrigued now that the Royals have bounced back with two straight wins...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have made a series of roster moves to bolster their bullpen and overall depth as they play for their first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years.
The Royals, who began Tuesday 4 12 games out of the final wild-card spot, recalled pitchers Wade Davis and Louis Coleman from Class A Wilmington, where they were optioned last week.
After a pair of ugly outings, Bruce Chen got back on track with a solid showing last week.The Kansas City Royals are hoping for a repeat performance as they try to keep pace in the AL wild-card race Tuesday night against the visiting Seattle Mariners.Chen (6-2, 2.79 ERA) has given Kansas City (71-66) a lift since joining the rotation July 12, going 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA in nine starts...
Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz exited last
night’s contest against the Seattle Mariners after playing only two innings as
a precautionary measure. That precaution proved worthy, as initial tests
indicate that Getz likely suffered a concussion, according to Dick Kaegel ofMLB.com.
Getz suffered the head injury in the second inning. He fielded
a ball hit...
by John Viril—
The Kansas City Royals stole a win on Sunday from Seattle uber-starter King Felix (Felix Hernandez). With young gun Danny Duffy wobbling in the 4th inning after giving up a single run and runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs, Kansas City’s prospects looked grim against Hernandez. Manager Ned Yost made the unconventional decision to pull his starter at 91 pitches...
Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start and Will Smith struck out a career high eight to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday.
The Mariners left-hander hasn't lost four straight starts since 2008. He also left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back.
Smith (2-1) pitched 4 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory...
So do the Royals have your attention yet?
Salvy Perez’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning Tuesday night produced the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium.
That was after the Royals blew a 3-0 lead.
And after Luke Hochevar held a 3-3 tie for Tim Collins in the Seattle eighth inning by stranding runners at second and third with one out...
by John Viril---
After the Kansas City Royals charged back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Seattle 7-6 on Thursday, they stand 73-67 and 4 ½ games behind Tampa Bay for the 2nd wild card. If they finish the final 22 games like their 17-5 start after the All-Star break, they will win 90 games---and probably earn a playoff spot.
Their next 12 games are crucial. They play four consecutive...