Found June 25, 2012 on
Kansas City Royals
St. Louis Cardinals
It is hard to be a Royals fan. For a generation, no Royals team has made a playoff appearance, truly contended, or even retained a perennial All Star. Aside from the fluke 2003 season, the Royals would be approaching, or even owning, the record for most consecutive losing seasons in professional sports. In short, Royals fans have endured one of the worst professional franchises of our time.
In the offseason, Kansas City convinced itself it could win. What did it matter that the rotation would be headed by a career journeyman, Bruce Chen, and filled out with the likes Luke Hochevar, Jonathan Sanchez, Felipe Paulino, Danny Duffy and Luis Mendoza? What did it matter than Ned Yost had a career record of 577-659? This was #OurTime. After essentially two decades of losing, the team was supposed to win. With the Mid-Summer classic coming to town this summer, Kansas City could finally have its coming out party on a national stage.
2012 was supposed to be different.
BEST OF MAXIM
There is something strange going on inside of Kauffman Stadium. The Royals haven’t played great baseball this year and the biggest concern coming into the season was starting pitching. Yet surprisingly, the Royals have been saved by their pitching staff recently and doomed by their lack of offense.
I am an avid listener of some local sports radio stations and I constantly hear...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Here's a thought: Maybe we've got this narrative all screwed up. Maybe it's not all about the Tommy John surgeries (which, admittedly, don't help), or the yo-yo pitching lines of Luke Hochevar (although those don't help either), or the fact the bullpen keeps getting worked over like a rented mule.
Maybe it's this: After Saturday's 8...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The play that ended Mike Moustakas' football career darn near wiped out the baseball path, too. All because the dude wouldn't stop yapping.
"Let me play," Moustakas nags his coach.
It's Fall 2006. Chatsworth (Calif.) High School. Football practice. The Kansas City Royals third baseman is a 5-foot-10 quarterback with wicked wheels and no fear...
While this probably isn't big news yet, The Wilmington Blue Rocks Player Development Contract with the Kansas City Royals ends after this season. The reason I don't think this will amount to anything is that the Royals and the Rocks have an outstanding relationship and from a geographical point of view, their are no Advanced A teams with contracts ending this year to move...
Nothing is certain, but the uncertainty of the Royals' rotation almost certainly will lead to changes.
The Royals had hoped to have Felipe Paulino return from the disabled list and back in the major league rotation this week. Instead, Paulino has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, and he is likely headed for surgery.
Starting pitchers Vin Mazzaro, Luis Mendoza and Jonathan...
The Kansas City Royals' rotation at best was run of the mill, but sans right-hander Felipe Paulino and left-hander Danny Duffy, it is worse. Paulino, who was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in seven starts, has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow and is apparently bound for Tommy John surgery. Duffy had Tommy John surgery in June. The rotation now looks like this: left-handers Bruce...
The Kansas City Royals called up left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno from Class AAA Omaha and designated right-hander Roman Colon for assignment, MLB.com reported Saturday. Bueno went 1-3 with a 2.85 ERA appeared in 25 games, striking out 38 batters in 41 innings pitched. Colon is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in eight innings of relief since being called up to the Royals June 14.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lance Lynn had hoped Sunday's start against the Royals would be his first of two appearances at Kauffman Stadium in the next few weeks.
But after allowing a season-high six earned runs in 5 13 innings in the Cardinals' 11-6 win over the Royals on a steamy Midwest afternoon, Lynn might soon be able to make other plans for the upcoming All-Star break.
The Royals’ rookie league teams have several youngsters taking the field who are worthy of note. Unfortunately, thus far, Bubba Starling hasn’t been one of them.
The youth movement in KC may not be over. The host of youngsters pumping new life into the Royals ballclub may have company in a few years.
But staring Royals fans in the face, sitting atop the list of their top minor...
Luke Hochevar tossed his second career shutout, Eric Hosmer homered and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-0 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon both had three hits for the Royals, who were coming off an embarrassing sweep at the hands of St. Louis in which they were outscored 30-14.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Luke Hochevar tossed his second career shutout, Eric Hosmer homered and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-0 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon both had three hits for the Royals, who were coming off an embarrassing sweep at the hands of St. Louis in which they were outscored...
Losing is always tough. Wasting four home runs in an 11-8 setback to St. Louis felt particularly galling to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
The loss gave the visitors a three-game sweep in Kauffman Stadium just a week after KC took two out of three on the Cardinals turf.
''It's real disappointing any time you drop three straight,'' said Mike Moustakas, the...
As the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals fire up their totally contrived interleague rivalry again this weekend, it’s time to reflect on exactly what these series mean to baseball fans and residents of the cross-state metropolitan areas.
A similar diatribe posted to this site last week; the Pulitzer-worthy piece (emphasis mine, and correctly placed) can be read here...
An edit is never a good way to start off an article, but what can you do? Sometimes you simply "F" up and have to own it.... In eager anticipation to attend a pre-release screening of the movie Magic Mike tonight, I had the article ready to go but forgot to publish it.
The "eager anticipation" mentioned previously, is what is referred to as sarcasm....