Royals Face Tough Bullpen Decision

If the Kansas City Royals have a lead in the sixth inning, it's a comforting sight to look into their bullpen and see both Greg Holland and Wade Davis beginning to stretch out as they know the eighth and ninth innings will be their time to control the game. When they come in, the game is more often than not, simply over. I saw people leaving Kauffman Stadium last week as the...
Via Pine Tar Press
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hope for a way forward after a week of chaotic insanity

I’ve been writing about, reporting on, and analyzing this sports media industry on a full-time basis for over three years now.  And I can safely say that I’ve never seen a period of time as chaotic, distressing, and insane as what transpired last week. Reflecting over the weekend, it was easy to be discouraged about the current state of our daily sports conversation and generally...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Should Sell, But History Means They Probably Won’t

After the fears of many have been realized, the Royals are now in the home stretch of July and under the .500 mark. This may seem familiar. Just last year the Royals didn't reach the .500 mark to stay until they beat the White Sox to win their sixth straight and got to 51-51. They'd fall back to exactly .500 once more before finishing the season on a strong note and getting...
Via Pine Tar Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Revisting the James Shields Trade

  Photo: David Eulitt/Getty Images   “That was a bad trade for the Royals. Dayton Moore gave up way too much, and we definitely lost that trade.” –Sarah Davis     These were the words that I stuck by for about four months. From one perspective, you see that we gave up two top level prospects, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, for an ace in James Shields, what we then thought...
Via Royals Blue
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Vargas Leads Royals to Series Win over Twins

As they approach the time of year in which they saw themselves surge a season ago, the Royals completed one of the things that helped them make their climb in 2013 – winning games against the Twins. Behind Jason Vargas (8-3) and a dominant bullpen, Kansas City earned their first shutout in Minnesota since 2006. The Royals’ southpaw was sharp and consistent the whole way through...
Via Royals Blue
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals can't catch a break in final frame, drop heartbreaker to Dodgers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oh, my. You can't get much more unfortunate than the Royals did on Wednesday night. With the tying run on second and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Lorenzo Cain rifled a shot headed for the right-field corner and extra bases. It looked like the Royals had the scored tied 5-5 with the winning run possibly on second or maybe even third because of Cain&...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 5, Royals 4: Game-Winning Hit By Pitch

I wouldn’t normally put an image of A.J. Ellis getting plunked as the lead image here — sorry, A.J.! — but then, it’s not normal that the winning run scores on a bases-loaded hit by pitch. So yeah, take that, Wade Davis, and your otherwise spotless season. So, listen, I’m going to be straight with you. You don’t come here to read a paint-by-numbers game recap. You can...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Bases-loaded HBP in eighth helps Dodgers beat KC 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wade Davis plunked A.J. Ellis of the Dodgers with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning Wednesday night, sending Los Angeles to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Jamey Wright (3-2) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Dan Haren to pick up the win. Davis (5-2) had not allowed a run in 22 1/3 innings spanning his last 20 outings. But...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Kansas City Royals For Real?

The Kansas City Royals have been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past few weeks. They have won eight out of their last ten games and were in first place in the American League Central for all of two days. The Detroit Tigers are back in first place, but only by a half game over the Royals. Offense has been the key for the latter team, as they scored a total of 26 runs...
Via Total Sports Live
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Surging Royals could widen gap in arms race vs. Tigers with trade

Eventually, the Kansas City Royals will lose another baseball game. That is inevitable. At some point, they could fall back into second place. But what has happened over the past few weeks --€” a major-league best 15-4 record -- is no fluke. The 2014 Royals are better than the 2013 Royals. The 2014 Tigers are worse than the 2013 Tigers. A third comparison --€” whether the 2014...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Hanging Ten: Royals Stretch Winning Streak to Longest in 20 Years

They’re winning baseball games. They’re making history. They’re also making quite a menace that other teams will have to deal with as the summer progresses. It’s all just going well in Kansas City right now. The Royals downed the Tigers 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon to win their 10th straight game – their longest winning streak since 1994. 40% of the Royals Blue authors weren’t...
Via Royals Blue
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals, 1st Place, Same Sentence

As of June1, 2014, the Kansas City Royals were in last place in the American League Central with a 25-30 record, 6.5 games behind the 1st place Detroit Tigers.  Yesterday, the Royals beat the Tigers for a 2nd straight day, and now sit alone atop the AL Central in first place thanks to a 9 game win streak!#450791524 / gettyimages.comThe Royals improved to 12-3 in June, and have a...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Lucky Seven: Streaking Royals Finish Sweep of White Sox 6-3

In Sunday afternoon’s series finale with the White Sox, the Royals had three RISP opportunities. Chicago had 14. With the way the streaking Royals are playing right now, it didn’t matter. Because of that, like I predicted in my series preview on Thursday, Hawk Harrelson is indeed a sad man right about now. Kansas City hit two more home runs and swept away the White Sox 6-3 for...
Via Royals Blue
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The bullpen is your home, Wade Davis

As recently as this last spring, Wade Davis has expressed his desire to be a starting pitcher. It's not going to happen, Mr. Davis. First, you're not good enough as a starter and secondly, you are too darned good as a relief pitcher. The difference between the two variations of Wade Davis is remarkable and if the Royals' reliever wants a long, long career in baseball...
Via The Flagrant Fan
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Recap For the Month of May

Mike Moustakas KC Royals – Photo Credit – Keith Allison It has been over a month since I have written an article on the Kansas City Royals and it was about the injury to Bruce Chen and how I thought the Royals would handle the situation. I thought that they would choose between Danny Duffy and Wade Davis, like I thought, they went with Duffy and so far it has been a solid choice...
Via Hot Stove MLB
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Checkmate! It's game over when Royals' Davis and Holland take over

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Center fielder Lorenzo Cain often has the best view in the house. As he bends his knees and peers into the infield and the batter's box, Cain can see Wade Davis' cutter slice up hitter after hitter. After that, Cain observes as Greg Holland's splider (a splitter/slider) dives without warning into the dirt as yet another hitter waves helplessly at the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The First 50 — Still Reason for Hope

    The first 50 games are in the books. The Kansas City Royals are 24-26, not terrible, but certainly not great. Last year through 50 games, The Royals had won 20 games and lost 30. Are they over all an improved team? Yes. A whole lot better? That remains to be seen, but all the signs are pointing to yes. The first 50 games have been a wild roller coaster ride. In these games...
Via Royals Blue
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Trade Heard Round the ‘Burbs: The Results So Far

  We are 211 games into the James Shields era. If you believe like any well-adjusted, intelligent adult that he will not re-sign with the club this off-season, it means we are around 65% the way through his service as a Kansas City Royal. We all know the pieces. Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and some guy named Patrick Leonard for Shields, Wade Davis, and a player to...
Via Royals Blue
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Guthrie strong in Royals' 3-1 win over White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined on a four-hitter and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Wednesday night to avoid being swept in their three-game series. The White Sox had scored 14 runs and hit five home runs in the first two games. Guthrie, who is winless in seven starts since an April 9 victory over Tampa Bay, left after...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

He might not know exactly why, but Royals' Davis is dominating in relief

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Same approach, different results. Very different results. Royals right-hander Wade Davis swears he's not pitching much differently as a reliever than he was a starter. Nor does he get more "amped up" coming out of the bullpen than he did when he was a starter. "If anything," Davis says, "I was more amped up as a starter. Seriously...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Should Wade into the Closing Role

Yes I know the Kansas City Royals have one of, if not the best closers in all of baseball in Greg Holland. Unfortunately for the Royals they also have a closer that is getting increasingly expensive during the arbitration process every year. As a small market team with payroll concerns always on their mind the Royals must constantly be looking for places they can get production for...
Via Pine Tar Press
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Wade Davis, Dellin Betances and a New Crop of Dominant Relievers

As a whole, major league relievers are striking out 22.2 percent of hitters. Besides old friends such as Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel, there’s a new crop of dominant relievers who are eating up hitters. Wade Davis and Dellin Betances are two such arms. These two are doing their part in raising the major league strikeout rate. At 44.7 percent, Betances and Davis are tied for...
Via Batting Leadoff
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

“Wade”ing Through Batters!

With the early lose of Luke Hochevar to Tommy John Surgery, the Royals looked to be very vulnerable in the bullpen this year.  After the first week or so, those fears became a little more real.  However, since that time the Royals bullpen has settled in to what again is one of the best in the bigs!  A major reason for that is the shut down ability of the new setup man Wade Davis...
Via Royals Blue
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Wade Davis day to day with stiff neck

Royals' reliever Wade Davis, was not available the end of this week because of a neck stiffness from sleeping awkwardly. Kelvin Herrera took Davis's spot in the eighth inning Wednesday night in a Royals' victory. The next day the team had a morning practice before there night game and word around the club house was that Davis was "feeling better". Dick Kaegel...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wade Davis, Dominant Reliever

If one were to review the data for pitchers with the highest strikeout rates in baseball, they would rightly expect to see names like Kenley Jansen, Jose Fernandez, and Max Scherzer near the top. All three are in the top 15, but a surprising name owns the top spot on that leaderboard – Wade Davis. […]
Via Fangraphs
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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