ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mike Moustakas Breaks out of Slump

by John Viril— Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas has hit for extra bases three games in row, including home runs in consecutive days. Moustakas has hit .307/.307/.846 with 4 RBI’s over his last 3 games. It might not sound like much, but for Moustakas, it counts as a deluge of success in a season that saw him start the year 0-25. For the season, Mike Moustakas is still only...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals coach has surgery on broken left arm

CLEVELAND -- Kansas City Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz had surgery on his broken left arm, an injury he sustained when he was hit by a line drive during pregame batting practice. Kuntz had a plate and eight screws inserted during the operation Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic, Royals manager Ned Yost said. The 59-year-old Kuntz will spend the night in the hospital, but is...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bear or Bull: Bullet with Butlerfly Wings

Billy Butler burned his fanboys last year, after a strong campaign in 2012.  I know everyone around here lovingly (or maybe bitterly) calls him “Moobs”, but that probably hurts his feelings… I bet that’s why he started out so slow this year. I am tweaking the categories a bit this time, because this methodology is still a work in progress.  Here are some quick notes on...
Via Razzball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals Early Season Review

  With the Kansas City Royals crossing the 10% completed mark of the season, a picture of what this team is going to be in 2014 is starting to form.  Much like it was last season, the status quo so far this year has been one of a weak offense relying on solid pitching to carry the Royals to victory while utilizing a strong defense and solid bullpen. Coming into the season, much...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City Royals have gotten off to a slow start offensively. It's been frustrating because the team was supposed to be much improved offensively. They had filled two of their big offensive holes by signing Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante and stabilized the top of the order in the process. Eric Hosmer would continue to grow after this second...
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals look for more of the same from Vargas

When they signed Jason Vargas in the offseason, the Kansas City Royals hoped he at least could eat innings while helping the club replace the departed Ervin Santana. Instead, the left-hander has been dominant early on to give the Royals a tough pairing along with ace James Shields. After Shields helped them even their four-game road series with the Cleveland Indians, Vargas will...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Royals finally flex their muscles in 8-2 romp over Tribe

The Royals brought out their version of the long ball Tuesday night in Cleveland -- four doubles, and a home run. Hey, not the '27 Yankees, we know. But for a team as power-challenged as the Royals, they'll take it. The big blow was Mike Moustakas' three-run jolt into the right-field seats that put the Royals up 3-1. And the Royals rolled from there, 8-2, to climb back...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals Need Ned Yost

Gigabytes upon gigabytes have been devoted to how terrible a manager Ned Yost is. Blogs and podcasts and newspapers parse every word of Yost’s twice-daily press conferences. Domes and ball boys and bullpen phones all receive their just scrutinization as they have all been named by Edgar Yost as excuses for one thing or another. As a Major League manager, Yost has a .472 winning...
Via Pine Tar Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Struggling Career Comparison: 2014 Mike Moustakas v. 2011 Alex Gordon

A lot of people are freaking out that Mike Moustakas is a bust.  Like, a COLOSSAL bust.  Many are saying that he needs to be cut loose from the Royals if he isn't producing by June 1, 2014. His batting average is atrocious.  He puts too much pressure on himself.  He looks lost at the plate.  He needs to go to AAA Omaha to regain his confidence and also learn that he has...
Via Pine Tar Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Five early observations from 2014

The Kansas City Royals started the season 4-7, but have won five of their last six games, to bring them just one game back of first place Detroit. It’s way too early in the season to pay too much attention to standings, but the AL Central looks like it could be an interesting race this year. Only 2.5 games separate last place Cleveland and first place Detroit. The Royals should...
Via i70baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Alcides Escobar goes the distance to make great catch

Kansas City Royals infielder Alcides Escobar ran a country mile to make an amazing sliding catch on a ball sliced into foul territory. Escobar started the track meet behind second base, sprinting towards the third-base foul line before making the sliding web gem to record the out. Your browser does not support iframes. The post Alcides Escobar Runs A Country Mile To Make Sliding...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Duffy and Davis Solidify Royal’s Bullpen

  If you have been reading Royals Blue over the past month or so, you will know how nervous I have been about the reigning MLB best bullpen. This spring the Royal relievers seemed to have lost their way.  Everyone from the incredibly reliable Greg Holland to Louis Coleman seemed incredibly hittable.  With such success the year before, and a battle for the starting rotation that...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Duffy needs to Move to Rotation

by John Viril— Danny Duffy lit up radar guns in an impressive two-inning relief stint against the Astros Wednesday night, helping Kansas City take a 6-4 victory in 11 innings. Duffy pitched in the bottom of the 9th and 10th innings and struck out four. Forget about the 3 hits and one walk. His stuff was nasty. He regularly hit 98 on the gun with his fastball, and his curve made...

Kansas City Royals Must Quit the Moose Excuse

Photo Credit: Keith Allison       The numbers are atrocious. The numbers are abysmal. The numbers are alarming. Most of all, the numbers are empirical. They do not lie. They are not mistakes. The numbers I’m speaking of are those that belong to Mike Moustakas. Though these numbers are far from complete, they represent the starting point on a chart which is projecting to only...
Via Royals Blue
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lorde finally meets George Brett, inspiration for 'Royals'

The circle is finally complete: Lorde has met her muse for "Royals," George Brett.
Via Gamedayr
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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