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Kansas City Royals
If you're a fan of an American League contender, please consider this unsolicited advice.
Root against the Kansas City Royals.
Root very, very hard.
The Royals are alive in the AL wild card race, thanks to Saturday's 1-0 victory over Detroit in one of the most riveting baseball games I've witnessed this year. They are 3-1/2 games out of a playoff spot and must pass four teams to get it. The odds are not great. But if Ned Yost's charges reach the postseason, there's a high probability that they will ruin your team's year.
The Royals are built for the playoffs, as much as any other AL team. Name a characteristic shared by recent October darlings. They have it.
* Hot at the right time? Check. At 35-21, they have the AL's best record after the All-Star break.
* Lockdown bullpen? Check. They have the AL's lowest bullpen ERA and a closer, Greg Holland, who Tigers manager Jim Leyland said may be the league's best.
* Formidable rotation? Check. Jam...
BEST OF MAXIM
by John Viril—
With the Kansas City Royals still in contention with 14 games remaining in the season, it is now easy to see that Royals GM Dayton Moore did a fine job buttressing his team for the stretch run. The Royals have posted an excellent 35-21 record since the All-Star break (.625 winning percentage) after stumbling to a 43-49 first half finish. Much of the improvement is...
For the past decade or so, the Kansas City Royals have, for the most part, been a team that rolls over and plays dead during the last month of the season. They are usually the team that is seen as an easy win for their opponents, but this year the tides hav
e turned. Sitting 2.5 games back of the final wild card spot, the Royals are a team that has the ability to make a legitimate...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals.
If Royals general manager Dayton Moore has intentions of bringing back manager Ned Yost next season -- and remember that Yost's contract is up after 2013 -- this probably wasn't a great week for making a case.
Monday's tough 4-3 loss to the Indians certainly riled up the Royals'...
by John Viril---
A day after the Kansas City Royals made the defensive play of the year to preserve a 1-0 victory, manager Ned Yost managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with yet another bonehead decision. Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the against the Detroit Tigers, Yost sent starter Jeremy Guthrie out to the mound. Guthrie had given up 12 hits. He'd had to pull...
(Eds: Adds details, quotes. Will stand. With AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer Ideally, had he stayed healthy, Kyle Zimmer would be a September call-up and be making his major league debut this month for the Kansas City Royals.
Yet with Kansas City shutting him down in mid-August to protect the prized pitching arm of its top prospect, Zimmer has been presented with...
The schedule-makers certainly didn't do the Kansas City Royals any favors.The Royals' 15-game swing against opponents with winning records continues Saturday when they seek to snap a three-game losing streak against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.Kansas City had won four of its previous six over Detroit and Cleveland, but an off day coupled with a 6-3 loss to the Tigers...
Max Scherzer has benefited from baseball's best run support all year, but the offense behind him has seemingly disappeared since he notched his 19th win.The Detroit Tigers hope a matchup with the Kansas City Royals' Jeremy Guthrie can help reverse that trend.Scherzer makes his fourth attempt at becoming the majors' first 20-game winner on Sunday as Detroit hosts Kansas...
Extending their winning streak would put the Cleveland Indians in playoff position.The Kansas City Royals have a lot more work to do.Nick Swisher and the Indians attempt to grab the AL's second wild-card spot Monday night and further damage the Royals' chances in the opener of a three-game series with major postseason implications.Cleveland (81-68) is one-half game behind...
Veteran first baseman and designated hitter Carlos Pena, who was signed by the Kansas City Royals on September 3, will most likely miss the rest of the season after undergoing an appendectomy on Saturday morning.
As reported by Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, Pena was released by the Astros on July 31 and signed a Minor League contract with the Royals on August 27. He was called up from...
Bruce Chen's outing fell apart in the middle innings, leaving Kansas City in too deep a hole against Justin Verlander.
It was definitely a setback for the Royals, who have little margin for error in the American League playoff race.
Prince Fielder homered off Chen, and Verlander pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 victory over Kansas...
After Kansas City tied the game in the top of the eighth, right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was confident he could keep the Detroit Tigers at bay for another inning.
His manager was, too - and they both ended up being wrong.
''I thought he could get us to the end,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''In hindsight, I pushed him too far, but I thought he could get us through...
Platoon splits are real, and they matter. The trouble comes in when people put too much emphasis on individual platoon performance over a short period of time. It is understandable, of course, and as fans, we have a right to overreact to things. But when it comes to getting to the truth of things, it gets a bit more complicated. One can read about the general principles of thinking...
There’s no telling of course what the next two-plus weeks hold for the Royals in what remains a long-shot quest to reach the postseason for the first time in 28 years.
But … if destiny ultimately beckons bookmark Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers which ended when catcher Salvy Perez executed a blind grab on a throw before applying the tag at the plate.
The Royals will be limping around with a Klub’ foot
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