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Old 09-15-2016, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Well, it was a nice 3 year run for the Royals. In 2013 they were in the Wildcard hunt until about September 20 when they faded the final 10 games, and they are 90 feet away and a historic pitching performance away from being back-to-back World Series champs, but after this week we can turn out the lights on the 2016 Royals season as the Athletics outscored them 43-12 in a 4 game series to officially end the Royals season, but that series was a microcosm of the entire season. Aside from that stretch of August where they won, what 15 of 21 games or something they were never a great team as they didn't record their 10th home win until about June, and even after the hot August which propelled them back into the race they blew 2 late leads to the Tigers to open September and they never really recovered after that. They'll have most of the key players back for 1 last run in 2017 before Hosmer, Cain, Perez, etc reach free agency, hopefully they don't have Soria around to blow 10 saves next year, and try to win some home games the first 2 months of the season.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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I'm a little surprised the Royals don't have a team thread. Anyway, thought I'd start one.

It's been a long time since they have won a world series, IIRC the last time was 1985. Regardless, they've come quite a ways over the last several years. Gonna be a heck of a series against the NY Mets!
Wasn't George Brett on the team at the time?
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Will be interesting to see this Royals team this year. Playing with heavy hearts with the Yordano Ventura passing, but have a couple key pieces from the 2013-16 core (Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez) in the last year of their contracts. If they get out to a slow start, how many (if any) get put on the trading block.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:44 PM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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I've got KC picked to win the division. Should be a tight race at the top, but I believe the Royals have the right combination of people to get it done this year. Might not get past Boston or Houston in the playoffs, but they've still got a capable lineup.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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I've got KC picked to win the division. Should be a tight race at the top, but I believe the Royals have the right combination of people to get it done this year. Might not get past Boston or Houston in the playoffs, but they've still got a capable lineup.
Pitching isn't close to Cleveland's
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:14 PM
 
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Royals 1 @ Twins 7.


Mike Moustakas & Miguel Sano each had solo home runs in the 4th for a 1-1 tie heading into the bottom of the 7th before the wheels fell off for the Royals. Robbie Grossman, Joe Mauer & Sano each had bases loaded walks in the inning , Jason Castro added a 2 run single and Jorge Polanco finished the scoring with a run scoring single. The last 5 runs that scored that inning all came with 2 outs including 2 of the 3 bases loaded walks . Ervin Santana (1-0) allowed 1 run on 2 hits (1 homer) with 2 walks and 3 strike outs in an effective 7 innings of work. Danny Duffy was equally as effective for the Royals: 1 run on 3 hits (1 homer) with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 6 innings. Matt Strahm (0-1) ultimately took the loss allowing 4 runs on only 2 hits with 0 strikeouts and 2 walks in 1/3 of an inning. All 4 batters he put on base ended up scoring.


Teams have an off day on Tuesday before resuming the series on Wednesday. Hector Santiago (13-10, 4.70 last year with the Angels & Twins) starts for Minnesota, and he'll be opposed by Ian Kennedy (11-11, 3.68 last year) for the Royals. Game time scheduled for 1:10 Eastern.
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Old 04-05-2017, 10:51 PM
 
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Royals 1 @ Twins 9.


Yeah, its only 2 games in the season so you still have 160 to play, but when you've allowed 16 walks already on the year (compared to only 18 strikeouts) chances are you aren't going to be very successful. Combined with the offense, who, through 18 innings of this year has made the Twins starters look like the late 90's Braves starters combined for only 2 runs on 7 hits and they look like the worst team in baseball so far. That's debatable....what's not debateable is that this is the worst team in the 7th inning so far in the early going. They gave up another 6 spot in the 7th just like in the opener and they currently carry a -12 run differential in the 7th inning which will take a while to get down. Oh where have Davis, Hochevar & Holland gone?? Eduardo Escobar single in the 2nd put the Twins up for good 1-0, and Eddie Rosario single & a Brian Dozier fielder's choice made it 3-0. Paulo Orlando single in the 4th gave the Royals their lone run of the game. Twins blew it open in the 7th: projected 5th starter Nathan Karns came on to begin the 7th and he sandwiched 2 strikeouts around 2 walks and a single (though really should have been 3 walks as the batter who had the base hit had a ball that was a foot off the plate called a strike before singling on the next pitch) to load the bases, which Miguel Sano cleared with a triple to right. Strahm came on to relieve Karns preceded to walk Jason Castro on 4 pitches, and after starting Escobar 0-2 threw 3 straight way out of the zone, and then grooved a fastball down the middle for a 3 run homer. Like Monday all 6 runs came with 2 outs, so if you're keeping track at home (and I know you aren't so that's why I'm bringing this up) of the 12 runs the Twins have scored in the 7th inning the last 2 days 11 have come with 2 outs, smh! Hector Santiago (1-0) allowed 1 run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in 5 innings. Tyler Duffey (1st hold), Matt Belisle (1st hold) and Taylor Rogers (1st hold) combined for a hitless 2.1 with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Ian Kennedy (0-1) allowed 3 runs on 3 hits with 5 walks and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings.


Twins go for the sweep on Thursday afternoon, they will send Kyle Gibson (6-11, 5.07 last year) to the hill while the Royals will give the ball to FA acquisition Jason Hammel (15-10, 3.83 last year) who is coming off a World Series win with the Chicago Cubs. Game time scheduled for 1:10.
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Old 04-06-2017, 05:09 AM
 
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Royals relief pitching has gone from one of the best to one of the worst. KC will have a very difficult time competing this year, especially if their offense sputters. Losing Ventura hurts too.
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Royals 3 @ Twins 5.


Positives for this game: They actually scored 3 runs on 9 hits, they ONLY allowed 2 runs in the 7th inning, and all 5 Twins runs came with less than 2 outs
Negatives: Everything else


Jorge Polanco single and Eddie Rosario fielders choice in the 2nd gave the Twins a 2-0 lead. Royals tied it on the 5th with a Salvy Perez homer and a double by Alcides Escobar tied it at 2. Twins retook the lead on a Max Kepler double in the bottom half, before Moustakas had his second homer of the year in the 6th to retie it at 3 where we stayed until that dreaded 7th inning where Jason Castro had what ended up being the winning run with a double that made it a 4-3 game and Polanco added a double for the final margin. Kyle Gibson allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2 homers) with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Taylor Rogers (1-0) pitched a scoreless 7th inning with 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts to pick up the win, Matt Belisle (2nd hold) pitched a scoreless 8th with 2 hits and 2 strikeouts while Brandon Kintzler (1st save) pitched a hitless 9th with 1 strikeout for his first save in as many chances.


Royals head down to Houston to take on the Astros who just took 3 out of 4 to open the season against the Mariners. Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48 last year) starts for the Astros while the Royals will hand the ball to Jason Vargas (0-0, 2.25 last year), game time scheduled for 8:10 PM. Twins head to Chicago to play 3 games with the White Sox beginning on Friday.

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Old 04-08-2017, 11:03 AM
 
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Royals 5 @ Astros 1.


Salvy homered over the railroad tracks and out of Minute Maid Park in the 2nd for a Royals lead, and Moustakas scored in the 6th when Paulo Orlando reached on catcher's interference. They gave up another run in the 7th so now their 7th inning run differential is -15 on a Carlos Beltran double but that was it for the Astros that inning and the game. Salvy scored the 3rd Royals run in the 8th on a passed ball by Astros catcher Evan Gattis while Alex Gordon doubled in Brandon Moss and Alcides Escobar later in the inning for the final 2 runs of the night. Mike Fiers (0-1) 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits (1 homer) with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 6 innings. Jason Vargas (1-0) allowed 1 run on 6 hits in 6+ innings with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Peter Moylan (1st hold) and Travis Wood (1st hold) combined for 1 hitless inning with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts to pick up holds.


Game 2 of the series goes on Saturday. Danny Duffy (0-0, 1.50) starts for the Royals while Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 0.00) starts for the Astros. Game time slated for 7:10.
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