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Old 03-26-2018, 04:03 PM
 
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Big offseasons additions.....and not in a good way Cain (Brewers) and Hosmer (Padres) signed elsewhere with really no adequate replacements. At least they did bring back manager Ned Yost and the #Yosted Twitter hashtag for another year. Moose also comes back......but after he turned down $17 million, and settled for $5.5 million, and he's already on the clock for a deadline move. Danny Duffy who had a pretty good year save for his DUI arrest late September will get the opening day nod, and it looks like Jake Junis who came on strong the end of last year will be in the rotation for the entire season. You know what you are probably getting from Moose & Salvy behind the plate, the rest of the team, what a disaster! The other 3 projected starters (Jason Hammel, Nate Karns, Ian Kennedy) all stink, the bullpen, outside of Herrera (who they really should have traded for a CF in the winter) is not good. The rest of the positions on the diamond aren't very good either as at this point in time Gordo in LF, and Escobar at SS are basically defense-only players. As far as I can tell they have no CF on the roster. They signed Duda so I assume he will get the majority of the starts at first base. Jorge Bonifacio another up and comer from the Storm Chasers last year who had a pretty good 2017 cameo and was likely to get a lot of playing time this year as well will miss the first 3 months of the season for a PED suspension, and if by some miracle this team is in the playoff race he will be ineligible for the post season.

Best case for the Royals this season: Karns, Kennedy & Hammel eat a lot of effective innings and are productive, Gordo & Escobar perform not only on the defensive side of the ball but on the offensive side of the ball as well. Moose continues on his pace from last year and having the 3rd base market dry up like the Sahara Desert once again in July, he sticks around and breaks his own home run record from last season, and they finish with a win total in the mid-high 80's and head into the final week with the Twins, Indians, Yankees, Red Sox & Angels for a Wildcard and playoff bid.

Worst case for the Royals: Gordo, & Escobar continue to be automatic outs in the order, so now the batting order has about 6 or 7 players that will finish .250 or lower hitting. Karns, Hammel & Kennedy are busts once again, all finishing with an ERA over 4.3. Bullpen, which has been overworked due to the ineffectiveness of the starting pitchers breaks down in the 2nd half of the season. Duffy, Junis & Moose can't replicate what they did last year. Team finishes behind the rebuilding White Sox & Tigers for last in the Central.

What I expect: I think the bullpen, especially Herrera will be better this year than last....and that's because Hammel, Karns & Kennedy will be slightly improved, so they can pitch a couple more innings which will pay dividends down the road. Moose will tear it up in the first half of the year before being dealt in July, and that's OK because coming back from the PED suspension Bonifacio will tear it up the 2nd half of the year. They certainly aren't finishing ahead of the Indians & Twins (who had a really good offseason), but if they get a couple of breaks from the "best case" paragraph to go their way I can see them finishing at or around .500 give or take 5 games or so and in 3rd, and really I wouldn't mind that at all with how this roster looks on paper here on March 26.

James Shields (5-7, 5.23 in 2017) starts for the White Sox on opening Day and he'll be opposed by Danny Duffy (9-10, 3.81 in '17) who starts for the Royals. Game time from the K will be at 4:15 on Thursday afternoon.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:13 PM
 
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https://www.mlb.com/news/royals-sal-...ar/c-269930072

bad news for kaycee

Royals catcher Salvador Perez suffered a Grade 2 tear of the MCL in his left knee when he slipped and fell while carrying luggage in his house Tuesday night. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
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Old 03-30-2018, 01:19 AM
 
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White Sox 14 @ Royals 7

Royals put the first 4 runners on base: John Jay, Whit Merrifield & Mike Moustakas singles made it 1-0 and than Lucas Duda, in his first AB as a Royal homered to center to put the Royals up 4-0, but that's where the highlights ended. Chi Sox took the lead for good with a 5 run outburst in the 4th inning headlined by 3 homers: Jose Abreu (2 run shot), and than solo shots by Matt Davidson (going back-to-back with Abreu) and Tim Anderson which tied the game, and the 5th run came on Yoan Moncada's double. Davidson & Anderson each homered for the 2nd time in as many at bat's in the 5th as the Sox went up 8-4. Yolmer Sanchez had a bases-clearing single in the 7th to make it 11-4, and than Davidson poured gasoline on the fire with his 3rd homer, 4th run scores and 5th RBI as he had a 3 run homer to left to conclude the scoring for the Chi Sox in the 8th. Cheslor Cuthbert had a single in the 8th to make it 14-5, Alcides Escobar scored on a wild pitch in the 9th to make it 14-6 and than Merrifield had an RBI groundout to conclude the scoring on the afternoon. James Shields (1-0) allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 0 strikeouts in 6 innings. Danny Duffy (0-1) allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (3 homers) with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in 4 innings. Royals used 9 pitchers on the afternoon who combined for as many walks as strikeouts, and allowed 6 home runs. Unfortunately not a good recipe for success.

After a scheduled off day Friday, the teams resume the 3 game series on Saturday. Lucas Giolito (3-3, 2.38 in 2017) starts for the White Sox against Ian Kennedy (5-13, 5.38 in '17) for the Royals. Giolito, a late season call up for the rebuilding White Sox last season faced the Royals twice in September and allowed only 9 hits and 2 runs in 13.1 innings.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:57 PM
 
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White Sox 4 @ Royals 3.

I'm currently watching the Royals 2015 playoffs on MLB.TV. Remember how great and shut down that was with Herrera, Holland, Davis and really Madson & Hochevar weren't terrible either. They didn't need to be good in 15 but they would no doubt be the best relievers in 2018. Less than 3 years later this very well could be the worst bullpen in baseball. Davidson put the White Sox in front in the first with an RBI, but the Royals took the lead in the bottom half starting with a Jay single, Merrifield got hit by a pitch & Moose walked to load the bases and than Duda got a free RBI on a bases loaded walk and Cuthbert added a second run on a sac fly, but Lucas Giolito would minimize the damage getting Paulo Orlando to end the inning grounding into a double play. Moose had a 2 out triple in the 3rd and came around on a Duda single to finish the scoring for the Royals on the evening in the 3rd inning. It would stay 3-1 into the 8th. Yoan Moncada greeted new reliever Brandon Mauer with a solo homer to lead off the 8th, and with 2 outs Wellington Castillo had a 2 run double to put the White Sox up 4-3. Royals got Escobar to 2nd with 2 outs in the 9th against ex-Royals closer Joakim Soria but he got Merrifield to fly out to end the game. Giolito had 3 runs on 4 hits with 4 walks (1 hit batter) and 1 strikeout in 6 innings, Danny Farquhar (1-0) pitched a hitless inning with 1 strikeout, Nate Jones (1st hold) allowed 1 hit and 2 strikeouts in a scoreless inning and Soria (1st save) had a hit, walk & strikeout in a scoreless 9th. Ian Kennedy allowed 1 run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts, Justin Grimm (1st hold) had 1 hit and 2 strikeouts in a scoreless inning and Mauer (0-1, 1st blown save) allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (1 homer) with a walk in an inning of work.

White Sox go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon and will send another highly-touted Nats prospect Reynaldo Lopez (3-3, 4.72 in 2017) to the hill while the Royals send Jason Hammel (8-13, 5.29) to the bump. Both Lopez & Saturday's starters Giolito were traded from the Nationals to the White Sox in the 2016 off season for OF Adam Eaton and so far it might be a trade that helps out both teams. Giolito and Lopez are cogs of the White Sox future, but Eaton is at the top of the order for the win now Nationals and just this afternoon set a career high in hits for a single game as he finished 5-5. Sunday's game time is at 2:15.
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Old 04-01-2018, 11:22 AM
 
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Sunday's series finale between the White Sox & Royals has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 28 as part of a day-night double header.

Both teams hit the road for 3 game series beginning on Monday. White Sox head north of the border to Toronto for a series with the Jays. Royals head to Detroit for 3 weekday afternoon games in Detroit. Matthew Boyd (6-11, 5.27) starts for the Tigers against Jakob Junis (9-3, 4.30) for the Royals. Game time scheduled for 1:10.
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Old 04-02-2018, 04:33 PM
 
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Royals 1 @ Tigers 6.

Escobar doubled, leading off the 3rd, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on Drew Butera's sac fly for a 1-0 Royals lead. Miguel Cabrera singled in the 3rd to tie the game at 1. Nick Castellanos & Victor Martinez had singles in the 5th to make it 4-1 Tigers and than McCann had a fielders choice RBI groundout to go up 5-1. After a Castellanos triple he scored on a Martinez sac fly to finish the scoring on the afternoon. Francisco Liriano (1-0) allowed 1 run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Jason Hammel (0-1) allowed 5 runs on 7 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings.

Game 2 of the series goes Tuesday afternoon. Matthew Boyd (6-11, 5.27 in 2017) starts for the Tigers and the Royals will give the ball to Jakob Junis (9-3, 4.30 in '17) looking for their first win, the last AL team and currently only last of 3 in baseball (Padres & Reds both in the NL) that are winless. Game time slated for 1:10.
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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Royals 1 @ Tigers 0.

Both pitchers were outstanding today! Matthew Boyd (0-1) was the hard luck loser allowing 1 run on just 4 hits with 0 walks and 1 strikeout in 6 innings, while Jake Junis (1-0) hurled a gem for the Royals 3 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts in 7+ scoreless innings (he allowed a base hit to Mikie Mahtook to begin the 8th. Justin Grimm (2nd hold) retired the final 3 batters of the 9th and Kelvim Herrera (1st save) pitched a 1-2-3 9th with 2 strikeouts to lock down the Royals first win and leave Eric Hosmer’s Padres as the lone winless team in baseball. Only run of the game came in the 2nd with Cuthbert leading off with a double, advancing to 3rd on Orlando's ground out, and scoring on Jorge Soler's sac fly. If the Royals could clone Junis 4 times they may not be so bad, and if the Tigers can get this kind of start from Boyd & similar numbers from tomorrow’s starter Daniel Norris they may not be that bad either.

Final game of the series is on Wednesday: Duffy (0-1, 11.25) for the Royals faces off against the Tiger's Norris (5-8, 5.31 in 2017). Game time slated for 1:10.
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:50 PM
 
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https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/04/02/watchability-rankings

sorry Royals, you are considered highly unwatchable
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Old 04-04-2018, 11:15 AM
 
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For the second straight series, the Royals have the final game of a series postponed due to rain, already the 3rd postponement for Detroit this year and the season is less than a week old. The game will be made up as part of a day-night double header on April 20. I know you play 3 home series & 3 away series each year against divisional teams, but this series is lopsided: Tigers & Royals will play 2 series in Detroit the first 3 weeks of the season. Guess when the 3rd time Kansas City comes back to Detroit is?? September 20-23 so exactly 5 months since they would have last played in Detroit, also the 2nd to last week of the season (oh and by the way in between 3 series in Kansas City). So play 2 series in the same city in the first 3 weeks, and than go more than 20 weeks before they come back. Yup, makes a lot of sense MLB! Both teams head on the road to open up the home schedule for divisional opponents: Royals head to Cleveland as the Indians, after playing the first 6 games out West, will open the 2018 season at Progressive Field (weather permitting) on Friday afternoon. Danny Duffy (0-1, 11.25) will be pushed back to Friday to start that, while the Indians send Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 7.94) to the hill. First pitch from Cleveland will be around 4:10. Tigers head to Chicago as the White Sox will open their portion of the home schedule for a 3 game series beginning on Thursday with their home opener.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:34 AM
 
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Royals 2 @ Indians 3.

All 5 runs scored in the first, so if you were a late arrival to Progressive Field you didn’t see a whole lot of action. John Jay and Whit Merrifield would start with back-to-back hits, Jay would score on a Mike Moustakas ground out, and Merrifield scored on a single by Lucas Duda. After being staked to a 2-0 lead, Danny Duffy would start the bottom half allowing back-to-back walks to Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis. Jose Ramirez singled to get the Indians to within 1 at 2-1, and after a walk to Edwin Encarnacion loaded the bases, Michael Brantley gave the Indians the lead with a 2 run single. Duffy (0-2) allowed 3 runs on 3 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5.2. Carlos Carrasco (2-0) allowed 2 runs on 5 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings, Nick Goody (1st hold) and Andrew Miller (2nd hold) allowed 2 hits with 4 strikeouts in 2 innings and Cody Allen (2nd save) had a walk and a strikeout in a hitless 9th.

Trevor Bauer (0-0, 3.60) starts for the Indians against Ian Kennedy (0-0, 1.50) in game 2 on Saturday. Game time slated for 4:10
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