ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Friday Notes

I first wrote about the Royalcoaster in 2013, but it’s come up more than a few times since then. The Royals have been .500 or better in each of the last four seasons, and in three of the four, they were under .500 at some point after the All-Star break. They went into the 2013 break at 43-49. They were 48-50 in 2014. Last year, they were 51-58 on August 5th. This team is no stranger...
Via BP Kansas City
38 minutes ago

Kansas City Royals: Five Trade Questions with Friars on Base

Our friends at Friars on Base talked to us about what the Kansas City Royals stand to gain out of this week’s deal as the deadline approaches. If you’ve been vacationing under a rock over the last few days, the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres struck a deal which may—MAY—alter the race in […] Kansas City Royals: Five Trade Questions with Friars on Base - Kings of...
Via Kings of Kauffman
9 hours ago

Inbox: How much of core will Royals retain?

Which impending free agents will the Royals be able to keep? Can the club be expected to trade for a role player before the Deadline? Beat reporter Jeffrey Flanagan answers those questions and more in the Inbox.
Via Royals.com
16 hours ago

A Brief Chat About the Kansas City Royals Deadline Push

The gang at KoK got together to see if they could work out what Dayton Moore might do between now and the trade deadline. Edtior’s Note: The following Kansas City Royals discussion took place via Twitter message Tuesday night. It has been edited for content and grammar (allegedly) and is probably a thousand words too […] A Brief Chat About the Kansas City Royals Deadline Push...
Via Kings of Kauffman
18 hours ago

Righty reliever McCarthy optioned to Omaha

The Royals optioned right-handed reliever Kevin McCarthy to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday. A corresponding roster move will be announced on Friday.
Via Royals.com
18 hours ago

Kansas City Royals: Hidden Gem Inside of the Blowout

The Kansas City Royals have a formula for winning. Use a lights-out bullpen to shorten the game for the starters. 2017’s bullpen has been good, but not great. Perhaps after Monday’s trade that is about to change. Fans of the Kansas City Royals probably knew the name Trevor Cahill. The other two guys now sporting […] Kansas City Royals: Hidden Gem Inside of the Blowout - Kings...
Via Kings of Kauffman
20 hours ago

Hot Like Hosmer

Mercy. The Royals have showed none in their recent demolition of their AL Central opponents. Remember back earlier in the year when it seemed like the Royals couldn’t buy a win within the division? Eight consecutive wins, all against division rivals can chase that problem away. In their current eight game winning streak, the Royals have outscored the Tigers and the White Sox by...
Via BP Kansas City
23 hours ago

Eric Hosmer’s five-hit night leads Kansas City Royals to another series sweep

Winners of eight straight games and nine of their first thirteen contests out of All-Star break, the Kansas City Royals’ latest victory came behind one of Eric Hosmer’s strongest career performances. The 27 year-old first baseman led Kansas City to a 16-2 victory behind his second career five-hit game, which featured a grand slam, four singles, six RBIs and a stolen base. This...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago

Talking a blue streak: Royals' run reaches 8

Eric Hosmer ripped five hits, including his first career grand slam, and the Royals pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, thus sweeping the three-game series.
Via Royals.com
1 day ago

Deep Royals Bullpen Is Built For October

The Royals made it to the World Series in back-to-back seasons pretty recently. You may not remember this, but 2014 and 2015 were very special seasons in Kansas City. The Royals rode a ridiculous defense along with an unreal back of the bullpen to two straight American League pennants and a World Series trophy. It was pretty fun. The formula derailed a bit in 2016, mostly due to...
Via BP Kansas City
2 days ago

Advance Scouting Series: Lorenzo Cain by Keith Rader

The Royals weren`t assured of being buyers when we thought this idea up, okay?
Via Baseball Prospectus
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Freestyle: Salvador Perez: The Most Valuable Catcher in Fantasy Baseball? by Eric Roseberry

Sal Perez isn`t striking out, but he`s swinging more than ever and his batting average would be a career high. Is that why his fantasy value has been higher in 2017?
Via Baseball Prospectus
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Salvador Perez day-to-day after leaving game with rib tightness

Salvador Perez is day-to-day after leaving Tuesday’s Royals game with rib tightness.The Kansas City catcher exited the game against Detroit during the fifth inning and was replaced by backup Drew Butera. His injury is described as rib tightness – a problem he’s battled all year. Perez was 1-for-2 with a strikeout prior to leaving. He singled in the fourth and caught the bottom...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the Royals New Pitchers

Monday evening, news broke that the Royals had traded for pitchers Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer. In acquiring those 3 arms, the Royals gave up Matt Strahm, Travis Wood and Minor Leaguer Esteury Ruiz to the San Diego Padres.  Also included were cash considerations in the amount of $7.2 million to help offset the remaining dollars on Wood's 2 year deal. Travis...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago

Royals Get One of the Most Intriguing Players Available

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Royals are overachieving. They’d probably consider that an insult — I imagine they’d say they’re properly achieving — but the Royals have a winning record to go with a negative run differential, and right now they cling ever so barely to a would-be playoff spot. It’s a crowded race, to be sure, and the Royals could fall out...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Late-Bloomer Jason Vargas May Wilt In The Second-Half

Where did that come from? A second round pick in the 2004 draft, Royals SP Jason Vargas had earned a reputation as a dependable innings-eater over the course of his 11-year career. Coming into 2017, Vargas owned a career ERA of 4.18 with a 1.31 WHIP. Those numbers are respectable, but in his 12th Major League season Vargas has suddenly managed to put everything together.  Vargas...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals MiLB player Khalil Lee strikes out eight times in 21-inning game

When baseball games go long, weird stats tend to happen. Khalil Lee of the Lexington Legends, the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, found that out the hard way. Lee took a 1-for-9 in the game, which dropped his batting average by five points. But that’s not the story. No, the story is that every one of those outs came by way of the strikeout. Getting a Golden Sombrero...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals : Returning from the All-Star break

The Kansas City Royals are set to return from the All-Star break and try to make a push towards the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons. Are ending the month of April with a 7-16 record, the team has posted a 37-26 record since and now sits just three games out of first place in the American League Central. The Royals were represented by Mike Moustakas, Salvador...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Rumors: Dee Gordon is a perfect fit for the Kansas City Royals

According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Kansas City Royals are interested in trading for Miami Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon. At 29 years olds, Gordon is hitting .295 this season while making almost $8 million. Kansas City is making a strong push for a playoff spot, and Gordon may be the missing piece to the puzzle. Many analysts believe the interest in the speedster...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper comes up with brilliant web gem

The MLB is a time to see the game’s best players make great plays and in the second inning, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper did just that.Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit a blooper to right-center that looked like it might fall for a hit. But Harper had other ideas, making a running grab, sliding to the ground after. Of course, Harper also showed off his magnificent...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Elderly woman flashes Dodger Stadium video board while dancing

Putting dancing fans on the stadium video board has become a big thing across sports, but the Los Angeles Dodgers perhaps got more than they bargained for in Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.  The Dodger Stadium video board operator decided to focus in on an elderly woman dancing, and she took the opportunity to lift up her shirt: This created quite the reaction...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Duffy amusingly calls out MLB after 12th drug test of season

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has as many drug tests as he has starts in 2017, and he’s not particularly thrilled about it.Duffy has been limited to 12 starts in 2017, but it turns out that he’s had that many drug tests as well — and he’s about fed up. MLB’s drug testing policy is supposedly random, but there have been some players caught in its crosshairs to make...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant loses Final Vote, Cubs set wrong kind of All Star Game history

While Kris Bryant was a nominee for the National League’s Final Vote, the spot ultimately went to Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. As far as defending World Series champions go, that puts the Chicago Cubs in a dubious class by themselves. In fact, barring any replacements, nobody who was on the 2016 World Series champions will be in Miami. Closer Wade Davis is Chicago’s...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals have a trade deadline dilemma

The question of buying and selling is always a very popular one this time of year. As the midsummer classic approaches, you see a well-defined line between contenders and pretenders, but of course there is always that gray area. Perhaps no team quite defines that gray area like the Kansas City Royals. Earlier this season, the Royals were sitting 10 games under .500 and seemed destined...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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