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Old 07-24-2017, 05:06 PM
 
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Split 4 with the Tigers and swept the White Sox over the weekend. The turning point was probably the Wednesday game against Detroit. First they seemingly had it won leading heading into the 9th, than seemingly had it lost when the Tigers scored 2 runs to take the lead, only for the Royals to win it off of Justin Wilson, and they haven't looked back, though the White Sox, despite blowing up the entire major league roster actually played them well. They have a 9 game road trip coming up, 3 each in Detroit, Boston & Baltimore with an off day in Boston on Thursday between the Tigers & Red Sox series.

And earlier this evening, they had an interesting trade which all but ends whether the Royals are going to shop their upcoming free agents. They acquired starting pitcher Trevor Cahill and relief pitchers Brandon Mauer and Ryan Butcher from the Padres for a 19 year old prospect (Ernesto Ruiz maybe??) starter/reliever Matt Strahm (currently out for the year with a knee injury anyways) and starter/reliever Travis Wood who sucked in his Royals tenure after coming over from the Cubs in the winter.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:47 PM
 
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That's now 8 in a row but can't gain any ground since Cleveland has won 7 in a row and the Yankees have won 4 in a row and 6 of 7 since the White Sox trade.

Monday: Royals 5 @ Tigers 3 (12 innings). Salvy & Moose went back to back leading off the 12th
Tuesday: Royals 3 @ Tigers 1. Whit Merrifield homered on the first pitch of the game, and in the 4th they got the last 2 runs on a Hosmer single and Moose sac fly.
Wednesday: Royals 16 @ Tigers 2. Chiefs ended up getting two 2 point conversions against the Lions . Royals blew it open with a 9 run 7th inning, highlighted by a Hosmer grand slam, and Hosmer went 5-6 with 5 runs scored and 6 RBI's, I believe the first Royal to have at least 5 runs scored, 5 hits, and 5 RBI's in the same game.

3 game weekend series in Boston begins on Friday. Jason Vargas (12-4, 3.08) starts against David Price (5-3, 3.82) on Friday, Trevor Cahill (0-0, 0.00 [4-3, 3.69 with San Diego]) makes his Royals debut against Rick Porcello (4-13, 4.52) on Saturday, and in the regular season finale between the teams Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 3.89) takes the ball for the Red Sox against Jason Hammel (4-8, 4.81). Friday & Saturday games begin at 7:10, while Sunday's begins at 1:35. Tigers had Thursday off, and they'll stay at home to play a series against the AL leading Houston Astros starting on Friday.
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Old 07-30-2017, 03:20 PM
 
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2 out of 3 in Boston and traded for Melky Cabrerra who will join the team in Baltimore. Will be good to have his bat in the lineup. Figure he will bat 2nd and play right field mostly. Even if they get swept in Baltimore they will still have a winning road trip at 5-4.
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:52 PM
 
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2 out of 3 in Boston and traded for Melky Cabrerra who will join the team in Baltimore. Will be good to have his bat in the lineup. Figure he will bat 2nd and play right field mostly. Even if they get swept in Baltimore they will still have a winning road trip at 5-4.

I wouldn't count on him replacing Moss as a DH either. I'd also say Alex Gordon, but at least he's been a bit better lately and would be an incredibly expensive bench player which in that market you cannot do. I wouldn't take Bonifacio's bat out of the lineup though which is why I see him as a DH/LF. If they do indeed take Bonifacio out of the lineup, I just hope they send him down to AAA, so he can continue to get regular at bat's, but I don't see that happening either.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:37 PM
 
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Friday: Royals 4 @ Red Sox 2. Salvy & Moose each had homers for the 4 Royals runs of the game
Saturday: Royals 8 @ Red Sox 9 (10 innings). Usually 8 runs is good enough to win, but unfortunately Trevor Cahill allowed 5 runs on 8 hits in only 4 innings of work. red Sox newcomer Eduardo Nunez, who came over in a trade from the Giants earlier in the week, had 3 RBI's for the Sox including the game-winning ground out in the 10th when Drew Butera dropped the throw home from Hosmer.
Sunday: Royals 5 @ Red Sox 3. Gordon had the game winning triple in the 8th to give the Royals the lead after the Royals came into the 8th inning down 1-3

3 game series in Baltimore starts on Monday where new comer Melky Cabrera will join the team. Melky, who played for the Royals in 2011 came over from the White Sox in a trade for 2 minor leaguers on Sunday morning.

Danny Duffy (7-6, 3.56) starts for the Royals against Ubaldo Jimenez (4-7, 6.93 ) on Monday, Dylan Bundy (9-8, 4.53) starts for the Orioles Tuesday against Ian Kennedy (4-6, 4.43), while Jason Vargas (13-4, 3.00) starts on Wednesday against a pitcher TBA for the Orioles likely Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 0.00 [6-5, 4.73 with the Phillies]. Hellickson was acquired in a trade from the Phillies on Friday evening, and hasn't pitched since July 22 as he was the scheduled starter for the Phillies on Friday evening, but was scratched due to ongoing trade discussions. It's possible he'll start one of the earlier games and push the other 2 back. All 3 games begin at 7:05. Red Sox stay at home and host the Indians for a 3 game series in a rematch from the 2016 ALDS.
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:55 PM
 
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Well, THAT certainly wasn't good Hopefully that was just an aberration and a blip on the radar after a long road trip, and they'll come back strong at home and not the start of something worse.

Monday: Royals 1 @ Orioles 2. Craig Gentry's 2 out single in the 9th plated Caleb Joseph for the winning run in the 9th.
Tuesday: Royals 2 @ Orioles 7. 1-2-3 in the Orioles lineup did the majority of the damage finishing 7-15 on the evening with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI's.
Wednesday: Royals 0 @ Orioles 6. Despite having the worst starting staff in the American League (and maybe all of baseball) the Orioles held the Royals to only 3 runs and 15 hits in the series as the Orioles outhit them 32-15 in the series and outscored them 15-3. Jeremy Hellickson in his Orioles debut allowed 5 hits in 7 innings.

After finishing a 9 game road trip 5-4 (but losing 4 of the last 5 games after starting the trip 4-0) return home for a quick 6 game homestand which includes the Show me state battle with the Cards, but first the Jarrod Dyson and his Mariners make their first trip to the K for a 4 game series beginning on Thursday night. Yovanni Gallardo (5-7, 5.34) starts for the Mariners against Trevor Cahill (0-0, 11.25 [4-3, 4.15 overall]) Thursday, James Paxton (11-3, 2.68) starts for the Mariners against Jason Hammel (5-8, 4.75) on Friday, Danny Duffy (7-6, 3.42) faces Felix Hernandez (5-4, 4.28) on Saturday, and in the likely season finale on Sunday Ian Kennedy (4-7, 4.60) faces Erasmo Ramirez (4-3, 4.83) on Sunday. Thursday & Friday games begin at 8:15, Saturday's game starts at 7:15, and Sunday's game begins at 2:15. Orioles will play host to their 2nd straight AL Central team as the Tigers come into Baltimore for a 4 game weekend set which begins on Thursday.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:09 PM
 
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Thursday: Mariners 4 @ Royals 6. Brendan Moss had 2 homers and 3 RBI's
Friday: Mariners 5 @ Royals 2. Royals would only have 4 runs, 2 hits, and 1 RBI on the night
Saturday: Mariners 0 @ Royals 0. Postponed due to rain, double header Sunday
Sunday game 1: Mariners 8 @ Royals 7. Mariners scored 7 runs in the first 2 innings highlighted by a Nelson Cruz 3 run homer as part of a 4 run second. Cruz would add a second homer in the 7th which turned out to be the game winner.
Sunday game 2: Mariners 1 @ Royals 9. Hosmer had 3 RBI's and Melky Cabrera had 4 RBI's as the Royals salvaged a split of the double header and series.

"4 game" series with the Cardinals begins on Monday evening with 2 games in KC Monday & Tuesday, and 2 in St. Louis Wednesday & Thursday. Even though the teams are the same, and the umpires are the same and the only thing that changes is the city & venue location, ESPN treats these "rivalry" series as 2 separate series even though it is 1 series with a change in location. That's one of my pet peeves, but that's for another day. Carlos Martinez (7-9, 3.59) starts for the Cards against Ian Kennedy (4-7, 4.60) on Monday, Jason Vargas (13-5, 3.10) starts Tuesday against Michael Wacha (8-4, 3.66), Mike Leake (7-10, 3.34) takes the ball for the Cards Wednesday against Trevor Cahill (0-0, 7.27 [4-3, 4.13 overall]), and Jason Hammel (5-9, 4.73) starts the finale Thursday against Lance Lynn (10-6, 3.12). Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday games begin at 8:15, while Thursday's game starts at 7:15. Mariners have Monday off, and will open a quick 2 game series in Oakland against the A's on Tuesday.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:49 PM
 
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What a complete & utter disaster this series was! All of a sudden not only are they not currently in a playoff spot (Mariners currently have the 2nd wildcard), but now they are looking up at the Twins along with the Indians after the Twins swept the Brewers. So, the Twins, who have a worse record coming into this week can sweep the Brewers, but the Royals get destroyed by the Cardinals who had a worse record coming in than the Brewers?? Go figure

Monday: Cards 11 @ Royals 3. Cards were up 2-1 before scoring 6 runs in the top of the 4th to basically put the game on ice. Kolten Wong had 4 RBI's for the Cards while Matt Carpenter had 3 RBI's.
Tuesday: Cards 10 @ Royals. Cards with another 6 run inning, this one coming in the 5th after the Royals had just put up 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th. Cheslor Cuthberth had a 3 run double for those 3 runs in the 4th, while Yadi Molina, and Jedd Gyorko each had 3 RBI's for the Cards.
Wednesday: Royals 5 @ Cards 8. Another crooked number for the Cards late in the game as Molina had the game-winning grand slam in the 6th with the Royals leading 5-4.
Thursday: Royals 6 @ Cardinals 8. Another early Royals lead another Royals loss . Where have I seen this before?? Cards gifted them 3 early runs: an unearned run in the 2nd, and than 2 scoring on Melky Cabrera's triple in the 5th which probably should have been caught. However, the Royals gave those 3 back with a gift of their own: Jason Hammel started the inning hitting Paul DeJong, he came around to score on Dexter Fowler's double, than a second run scored on a Peter Moylan throwing error, and the Cards would tie it on a sac fly later in the inning. Fowler grand slam in the 7th ended up being the game winner, apparently, the first time in Cardinals history they had back-to-back game-wining grand slams. Royals got 3 back in the 8th, but they had Moss on 2nd as the tying run with 1 out but failed to get him in, and in the second inning they had the bases loaded with 0 outs and only scored 1 run. Situational hitting!

3 game series against the White Sox in Chicago starts on Friday night. Danny Duffy (7-7, 3.48) starts for the Royals against Reynaldo Lopez (season debut [5-3, 4.91 last year with Washington]), James Shields (2-4, 6.03) starts Saturday for the White Sox against Ian Kennedy (4-8, 4.83), and Derek Holland (6-11, 5.25) starts on Sunday in the series finale against Jason Vargas (13-6, 3.40). Friday's game starts at 8:10, Saturday's game at 7:10, and Sunday's game is at 2:10. Cardinals stay at home and have a 3 game series with the Braves which begins on Friday
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:13 AM
 
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What a complete & utter disaster this series was! All of a sudden not only are they not currently in a playoff spot (Mariners currently have the 2nd wildcard), but now they are looking up at the Twins along with the Indians after the Twins swept the Brewers. So, the Twins, who have a worse record coming into this week can sweep the Brewers, but the Royals get destroyed by the Cardinals who had a worse record coming in than the Brewers?? Go figure

Monday: Cards 11 @ Royals 3. Cards were up 2-1 before scoring 6 runs in the top of the 4th to basically put the game on ice. Kolten Wong had 4 RBI's for the Cards while Matt Carpenter had 3 RBI's.
Tuesday: Cards 10 @ Royals. Cards with another 6 run inning, this one coming in the 5th after the Royals had just put up 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th. Cheslor Cuthberth had a 3 run double for those 3 runs in the 4th, while Yadi Molina, and Jedd Gyorko each had 3 RBI's for the Cards.
Wednesday: Royals 5 @ Cards 8. Another crooked number for the Cards late in the game as Molina had the game-winning grand slam in the 6th with the Royals leading 5-4.
Thursday: Royals 6 @ Cardinals 8. Another early Royals lead another Royals loss . Where have I seen this before?? Cards gifted them 3 early runs: an unearned run in the 2nd, and than 2 scoring on Melky Cabrera's triple in the 5th which probably should have been caught. However, the Royals gave those 3 back with a gift of their own: Jason Hammel started the inning hitting Paul DeJong, he came around to score on Dexter Fowler's double, than a second run scored on a Peter Moylan throwing error, and the Cards would tie it on a sac fly later in the inning. Fowler grand slam in the 7th ended up being the game winner, apparently, the first time in Cardinals history they had back-to-back game-wining grand slams. Royals got 3 back in the 8th, but they had Moss on 2nd as the tying run with 1 out but failed to get him in, and in the second inning they had the bases loaded with 0 outs and only scored 1 run. Situational hitting!

3 game series against the White Sox in Chicago starts on Friday night. Danny Duffy (7-7, 3.48) starts for the Royals against Reynaldo Lopez (season debut [5-3, 4.91 last year with Washington]), James Shields (2-4, 6.03) starts Saturday for the White Sox against Ian Kennedy (4-8, 4.83), and Derek Holland (6-11, 5.25) starts on Sunday in the series finale against Jason Vargas (13-6, 3.40). Friday's game starts at 8:10, Saturday's game at 7:10, and Sunday's game is at 2:10. Cardinals stay at home and have a 3 game series with the Braves which begins on Friday
Right and as a matter of fact, the Royals loss to St. Louis and the Brewers sweep TO the Twins puts St. Louis into second.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:57 PM
 
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Well....they actually won a series! It was against basically a AAA team sans Abreu and almost lost 2 of 3 (and maybe should have) but they won the series.

Friday: Royals 3 @ White Sox 6. Moose had 2 home runs which got him 2 within 2 of Steve Balboni's club record for home runs in a single season, but the Chi Sox broke a 2-2 7th inning tie with 4 runs in the 7th to get the series opening win, and send the Royals to their 5th straight loss.
Saturday: Royals 5 @ White Sox 4. Melky Cabrera had a 2 run homer in the 8th inning which ended up being the game winner for the Royals after going into the 8th inning trailing 3-4.
Sunday: Royals 14 @ White Sox 6. Royals put on their hitting shoes on Sunday afternoon pounding out 14 runs on 16 hits as everyone in the Royals starting lineup had at least 1 hit. Whit Merrifield (3-6, 5 RBI's) and Drew Butera (4-5, 2 runs) lead the charge.

8 game road trip continues to the last stop in Oakland as they finish the trip with 3 games at the Athletics. Jharel Cotton (5-9, 5.72) faces Jake Junis (4-2, 4.70) on Monday, Jason Hammel (5-9, 4.68) faces Chris Smith (0-2, 5.29) on Tuesday, and Danny Duffy (7-8, 3.68) faces Paul Blackburn (3-1, 3.02) on Wednesday. Monday & Tuesday games begin at 10:05, with Wednesday afternoon's getaway matinee game beginning at 3:35. White Sox have Monday off and begin a 2 game series in Los Angeles against the ML best and record-setting Dodgers on Tuesday evening.
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