Found April 09, 2013 on The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril—For many people, the story of Monday’s 3-1 home opening win was Ervin Santana‘s strong start or the Royals’ three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth. For me, it was all about Salvador Perez‘s defense. Perez made two massive plays that will seem little more than footnotes in the box score. In the first inning, Perez bailed out a wobbling Santana by throwing out DH Ryan Doumit at second base to end the inning. Santana had already surrendered a run on three hits and gave up a sharp single to left with runners on first and second. LF Alex Gordon made a strong throw home, which forced Twin’s 1B Justin Morneau to hold up at third. Perez aggressively cut the throw off in front of the plate and caught Doumit straying from the bag at second. After this play, Ervin Santana dominated the Twins for the next 7 innings. He racked up 6 srikeouts, scattered four more hits, and issued one walk. That walk leads us to Perez’s second important play. In the top of the seventh, Perez thr...

Analyzing Ervin Santana’s Pitch f/x Data from 4/08/13

by John Viril— We know Kansas City’s Ervin Santana dominated the Twins on Monday. Seven strikeouts, 1 earned run and 1 walk in 8.0 IP is an outstanding day in any pitcher’s book. What was even more encouraging was his pitch f/x data. As regular readers of my blog know, many pundits questioned Santana’s arm health over the winter. They pointed to 2 mph of lost velocity during...

Should Holland lose Closer Role?

by John Viril—Coming into the season, the Royals bullpen looked rock solid. However, Royals manager Ned Yost turned to Kelvin Herrera bail out struggling closer Greg Holland to finish Sunday’s 9-8 win in Philadelphia. After also blowing a 3-1 9th inning lead on Saturday and a unsteady finish in Thursday’s victory against Chicago, Holland’s status has suddenly come into question...

Yost has faith in Holland, but for how long?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Amid all the excitement surrounding the Royals' thrilling 3-1 win on opening day, there is one issue still lurking for manager Ned Yost: Stabilizing the closer's role. Incumbent closer Greg Holland was shaky in Chicago, blew a save Saturday in Philadelphia, and struggled again Sunday against the Phillies before being bailed out by Kelvin Herrera. On Monday...

Hot Dog Derby racer eats it at Royals game

Your browser does not support iframes.The Kansas City Royals held their home opener at Kauffman Stadium on Monday. And by all accounts, it was absolutely glorious.As if playing its first home game of the season wasn't enough, Kansas City also entertained fans by hosting a hot dog race of sorts.It was all fun and games until the hot dog donning a red cap, red shoes, and red pants...


by John Viril—Something very interesting happened in the 9th inning of yesterday’s 3-1 comeback victory over the Twins in Monday’s home opener. Royals manager Ned Yost sent Aaron Crow to get the save. By eschewing nominal closer Greg Holland and heir-apparent Kelvin Herrera, has Yost instead decided to go “closer-by-committee”? Of course, the official answer is no. Yost...

Royals head home hoping for different start in '13

(AP) -- With a bunch of wide-eyed but talented young players, the Kansas City Royals returned home from a brief road trip to start last season overflowing with confidence, fully believing that the team's slogan of "Our Time" was apropos. Their 10-game homestand turned out to be a flop, and that slogan a punch line. The Royals didn't win once - not a single home...

Butler, Frenchy homer as Royals beat Twins 3-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series. The Royals have won four straight and six of seven to move three-games above .500 for the first time since May 12, 2011, when they were 20-17...

Royals 3, Twins 0

Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series. The Royals have won four straight and six of seven to move three-games above .500 for the first time since May 12, 2011, when they were 20-17. Butler homered in the...

Tuesday night's Royals win generated second-biggest Royals rating ever

Tuesdays Twins-Royals game was the second highest-rated Royals game ever on FOX Sports Kansas City. The Royals 7-4 victory generated a 7.2 household rating in the Kansas City DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research. Tuesdays telecast peaked at an 8.9 rating83,000 households in Kansas City. The Royals won for the fifth time in six games, vaulting them into first place in the AL...

Royals go for three-game sweep of the Twins

(AP) -- The Kansas City Royals' bats got off to a slow start last week, but now they continue to string hits together. Kansas City will also look to string together its fourth straight win on Wednesday night as it seeks its first three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in nearly two years. The Royals (5-3) began the season with two losses while totaling two runs on 12 hits...

Dayton Moore Interview

In this interview with Dayton Moore, some of the things we discussed were his expectations when he took over in 2007, the acquisition of James Shields, and the futures of Eric Hosmer, James Shields, and Christian Colon.

Royals 7, Twins 4

Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season, and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Tuesday night. The Royals, who had not scored in the first two innings in their first seven games, sent nine to the plate in a five-run first. Mike Pelfrey (1-1) gave up hits to the first five batters...

Inconsistency Dooms Phils, Royals Take Series

It was ugly, it was fun, it was long, and it was frustrating. For the second time in the series, the Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to a first inning lead, and slowly let the Kansas City Royals chip away. The offense again started fast, with Ben Revere leading off with an infield single. Jimmy Rollins [...]

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

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

Twins-Royals Preview

What happened to begin the Kansas City Royals' 2012 home slate set a bad tone for the entire season. They'll hope newcomer Ervin Santana can help them get off to much better start at Kauffman Stadium in Monday's home opener against the Minnesota Twins. Kansas City's home since 1973, Kauffman Stadium will be the site of the team's next six games after it finished...
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