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The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril— Opening Day means very little in the grand scheme of things. Your team’s year is rarely foreshadowed by what happens in 1 of 162 regular season games. Yet, because that one game becomes the entirety of data that we have about our team, we cannot help but make a few judgments. Consequently, I cautiously make this observation from yesterday’s opening day loss to the White Sox—C Salvador Perez does have some holes in his game.
I make that last statement somewhat tongue-in-cheek. All off-season, pundits have competed to see who could heap more superlatives on the young Venezuelan anytime someone mentioned the Royals. Salvador Perez can gun down a would-be base-stealer with throws faster than a speeding bullet. Sal Perez could destroy Tokyo by taking an afternoon stroll outside his hotel room. Superman has a poster of Salvador Perez on his bedroom wall.
Compared to what was said this off-season, those comments are understatements.
A few days ago, ESPN posted a quick data s...
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by John Viril—Here is a detailed look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Royals Opening Day roster for 2013.
Fangraphs.com rated Kansas City’s rotation as 22nd best in baseball. (I highly recommend reading their preview series using multiple projection systems to rank position group...
The biggest move of the winter took center stage on Opening Day for the Kansas City Royals. No longer a team that is rebuilding, David Glass and company took steps this off-season to become contenders.
The top prospect in the organization was packaged away in order to get the one thing the Royals felt they needed more than anything else: a pitcher that could truly be an ace. In...
The fans, players, and front office all are starting to feel the same. We cannot keep building for the future forever. That means that the young, talented prospects who have the bright future that will lead the Kansas City Royals for the first time since 1985 back to the playoffs will be asked to do it sooner rather than later. Sports Illustrated may have been a bit premature on...
For all the talk this off-season about the new and improved Royals starting rotation, there was one area on last years team that was equally as abysmal as the rotation the offense.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost are banking on the hope that the Royals young hitters will mature and improve dramatically in 2013.
But once again, Royals hitters are off to...
by John Viril—When I read that the Texas Rangers committed $131 million over the next 10 years to 24-year-old SS Elvis Andrus, I could not help compare this deal to the current contract the Royals have with their own Alcides Escobar.
Royals GM Dayton Moore got a screaming bargain.
The Royals control 26-year-old Escobar for the next five seasons (3 under contract with two club options...
As the Kansas City Royals added to their roster during the offseason, Billy Butler was glad the team embraced the task at hand instead of eyeing the future.
The Royals are in a win-now mode and believe they are poised to make a big jump in the AL Central starting with Monday's opener against the Chicago White Sox.
''There's no reason we shouldn't be better,...
This was something completely different, in a good way. Between 2000-2012, the Kansas City Royals used nine different Opening Day starters. Six times, that aforementioned starter worked fewer than six innings before getting the heave-ho. Five times, that aforementioned starter surrendered four runs or more.
Between 2000-2012, the Royals Opening Day "aces" averaged just...
It took a bit to find the game. After changing on-line streaming sites I finally found the boys. Not much to report through the 5th as its nothing all to this point. Bo Jackson threw out the first pitch. The first double play for the season can go in the record book in the 5th inning at The Cell. Chris Sale is looking relaxed and so far throwing 60 pitches total.Chris kept...
CHICAGO (AP) Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in the season opener on Monday.
The White Sox believe they're in position to make a run at the AL Central title even though they made no splashy additions while the rest of the division loaded up. They're off to a good start after a late fade...
In light of Elvis Andrus' contract extension, I'll take a look at the contract of Alcides Escobar.
Opening Day observations about James Shields, Jon Lester, Mike Moustakas and others.