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...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pine Tar Podcast with Michael Engel of Kansas City Baseball Vault

Michael Engel talks about his joining the Pine Tar Press team, the Royals bullpen, Mike Moustakas and much more. Also David, Clint and Michael talk about some of the problems the Royals may be encountering in development with players and their advisors. Listen to the show or download it here or also at: RoyalsPodcast.com iTunes Soundcloud Stitcher
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Michael Chavis

Photo courtesy of perfectgame.org. Michael Chavis, 3B/OF 6’0” 205 lbs. Bats/Throws R/R High School: Sprayberry High School (Marietta, GA) Statistics as of 4/12/14: 2014 SHS: 17 G, .627/.698/1.156, 7 HR, 6 2B, 18 R, 19 RBI, 14 SB Chavis is an interesting draft prospect in that he could be moved to almost any defensive spot on the field once he is in a minor league...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Crapping the Bed: 2014 Kansas City Royals Edition

The Kansas City Royals left Kauffman Stadium after a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays with a record of 4-4.  They had just won 2 straight home series after losing 2 close games at Detroit to start the season.  While their offense hadn't been great, Wednesday's series finale against Tampa Bay saw a 7-run outburst and showed encouraging signs.  Despite starting 0-2, the...
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Twins Invade Royals Dome

Photo Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports I wrote last week that the upcoming string of games against poor competition was going to be a barometer for the level of play we can expect this year. I certainly hope I was wrong. The Kansas City Royals went up to visit the Twins of Minnesota, and for all intents and purposes, had their doors blown off, being outscored by a total of 21...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Royals Simply Must Beat the Beatable

The Kansas City Royals are coming off one of the most frustrating and, I'll say it, embarrassing series they've played since their terrible month of May last year. I know that seems like a relatively short amount of time, but for this team to have gone nearly a year without embarrassment in a series is actually quite long considering where the franchise has been. When they...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins rally to sweep Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Pitcher Wade Davis made a wild flip home on a comebacker in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied past the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep. A madcap sequence put the Twins ahead and a crazy play ended it, too. With two outs and none on in the ninth, Mike Moustakas popped a ball straight up. As he stood to watch it in the batter...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Money Matchup of the Day- Kevin Correia vs Mike Moustakas

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. Stats thru 5 games 9-20 2b, 2 HR, BB Today's Matchup...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Who are these guys? Kansas City Royals suffer rare back-to-back beatings

Whoa. The Royals certainly weren't expecting this kind of start to a nine-game stretch against the Twins and Astros. Much like Friday night, the Royals' game against the Twins on Saturday was over in a heartbeat. A six-run second, aided by two Royals errors, ended the suspense as the Twins romped again, this time 7-1. Couple that with Friday's 10-1 trouncing and you get...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Enter the Dog Days of Spring

The Kansas City Royals are heading on the road to Minnesota to begin a 3 game tilt against the Twins, and thus begins the long journey that is baseball season. While the Royals already have 8 games in the books, the first few games carry with them a different distinction than the ones that follow. Losing the first 2 in Detroit, and especially the WAY Kansas City lost those games...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Who’s Closing in Oakland?

In Episode 31, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) are back to recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Today’s topics include: Confusion over why people think Ryan Cook “profiles as a closer” but Luke Gregerson doesn’t Why it is safe to give up on Mike Moustakas‘...
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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year of The Card–Clint Hurdle, 1980

We know lots about baseball these days. Everything in the game, it seems, is tracked and recorded, and then a bunch of smart fans figure out ways to distill that data into stats that can tell us more about the game than we might have ever imagined. Even if you don’t understand those stats (although I am inclined to pay attention to advanced stats, there are plenty that I struggle...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Royals Need to be Aggressive This Year

The 2014 season hasn't exactly started as the Kansas City Royals had hoped even though it's obviously too early to read too much into the starts of guys like Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar. Still, this is a roster that has been generating more hype than just about any other Royals team I've seen in quite some time. That hype isn't entirely unfounded, though I...
Via Pine Tar Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Defensive 'shift' on Royals' Moose designed to mess with his head

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The most surprised man in Detroit last week when the Tigers employed the "pull" shift -- three defenders to the right of second base -- on Mike Moustakas was, well, Moustakas himself. While flattered, to be sure, Moustakas wasn't exactly certain he merited such strategical attention, certainly not this early in his career. And certainly not coming...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals looking to pick up where they left off vs. Rays last season

Thanks to some solid performances on the mound, the Tampa Bay Rays are sitting on top of the AL East after the season's opening week. Those same pitchers were the main reason they struggled so much against the Kansas City Royals last season. As they open their first road series, the Rays are hoping Matt Moore can turn that around with the team's fourth win in 14 meetings...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Some really bad starts to the season

After the first week of the season, we are all smart enough to know not to make a big deal out of extremes in performance both up or down. Batters and pitchers will start the season hot or cold and generally will end up somewhere around where they usually do. Perhaps you can see a trend after only a week. But doing so should be with the utmost caution. Here are some players who...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays at Royals game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. Thanks to some solid performances on the mound, the Tampa Bay Rays are sitting on top of the AL East after the season's opening week. Those same pitchers were the main reason they struggled so much against the Kansas City Royals last season. As they open their first road series, the Rays are hoping Matt Moore can turn...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Heroes are abundant in Royals' 4-3 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  Mr. Clutch, Sal Perez, picked up right where he left off last year, coming through when the Royals needed him. Perez's RBI double with two out in the bottom of the eighth put the Royals ahead for good at 4-3 as the Royals evened their mark at 2-2. And no, we have no idea why the White Sox pitched to Perez with first base open and the hitless Mike Moustakas...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals head home for opener against White Sox

It will take more than a couple of bitter, one-run defeats in Motown to make the Kansas City Royals feel any less optimistic about what could be a watershed season. The Royals head home from their season-opening series in Detroit to play the Chicago White Sox in their home opener Friday. Kauffman Stadium is expected to be sold out, and not just because it represents the first chance...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Mike Moustakas carry a strong Spring over to a breakout 2014 season?

Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas finished the Spring near the top of the leaderboard in terms of batting average, finishing 3rd with a .426 mark. Those Spring numbers don't mean much heading into the season, but nevertheless, March was a good month for Moose, as he tore apart Cactus League pitching with that .426 average and 23 hits in 54 at bats including 10 of them for...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Spring Training: 10 MLB Stats that Might Surprise You

Baseball season is upon us and we are in for a storyline-filled season. Will the New York Yankees be able to compete for the AL East? Can the Dodgers get an NL crown? The start of everything is just a few days away as Opening Day is quickly approaching. Everything started with Spring Training - but as the exhibition games come to a close, there are a few noteworthy stats to look...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Have A Chance For Something Special In 2014

Confession time: three weeks ago, I claimed that I had traveled ahead in time and found that the Kansas City Royals had made the playoffs. Then two weeks ago, I claimed that I had traveled ahead in time and found that the Royals had suffered through a “Murphy’s Law” season and had failed to even finish .500. Well, I didn’t really time-travel, you know. I simply imagined...
Via Pine Tar Press
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Moustakas: Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleeper

Who is Mike Moustakas? The career of Mike Moustakas hasn’t exactly gone the way that he would have liked. The third baseman burst onto the scene in 2011 and was supposed to be the Kansas City Royals’ future at the position. After two full seasons that weren’t great, Moustakas came into spring training this season looking to [...]
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Extra: Mike Moustakas

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas talks to FOX Sports Kansas City about the Royals' upcoming 2014 campaign.
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Extra: Mike Moustakas

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28 days ago  |  Discuss

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