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Old 03-26-2019, 04:52 PM
 
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This looks like another tough and long summer at the K, but hey at least the Chiefs have a promising future I guess. In the lost art of the stolen base, the Royals could potentially have three players with 40+ stolen bases on the season in Whit Merrifield, Aldaberto Mondesi, and off season signee Billy Hamilton from the Reds. If Hamilton can actually reach first base that'll be a good move, and they reunited with speed demon Terrance Gore. Neither of those guys can hit, but if Gore ends up making the major league roster (and with Brian Goodwin released the other day it makes it easier for Gore) that would be some pretty nifty speed on the bases in late game situations. With Salvy potentially out for the year with Tommy John surgery they signed ex Astros catcher Martin Maldonado. They did a revamp of the bullpen adding Brad Boxburger, Drew Stored, Jake Diekman, and Homer Bailey in the off season.

Best case for 2019: The veteran bullpen guys all have good first halves of the year and Dayton can ship them off for prospects at the deadline. Lucas Duda, back on a 1 year deal hopefully has a good first half, so potential for him to move again. Mondesi, Hamilton, Gore & Merrifield combine to steal 175 bases, and Gore with a chance to get regular ABs for a rebuilding club proves he can hit.

Worst case for 2019: The starting rotation is even worse than it was in 2018. Puts too many innings and pitches on the bullpen arms, and they prove ineffective and nobody wants them come July. Tigers rebuilding project goes better and moves faster along, and they pass the Royals in the standings at the end of the year.

My prediction for 2019: Merrifield continues off where he ended last year, but not quite league leading average of 40 SB's. Even going to a new league Hamilton shows he still can't hit, but still winds up with 30 SB's. Gore won't get meaningful playing time to accumulate any statistics. Duda has a nice first half before being a deadline seller, and they finish in 4th place in the Central. There was no hope for optimism, and even less so now with Salvy likely out for the year. On the bright side at least they make the New York trip relatively early this year (I think like April 18-21) so I'll hopefully get the chance to see them right away out of the gate, but I'm going up to Toronto at the end of the June for the series up there. On the flip side: with only that 1 trip to New York, and the Toronto trip, that's the last time I'm going to see them in person, and they sure won't be on national TV a lot. Thank God for MLB TV though!

Game 1 of 2019 goes at home against the White Sox on Thursday. Carlos Rodon (6-8, 4.18 in '18) gets the ball for the White Sox against Brad Keller (9-6, 3.08 last year) for the Royals with game time beginning at 3:15
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:24 PM
 
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I'd be thrilled at a .500 season.
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:26 AM
 
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White Sox 3 @ Royals 5.

Adalberto Mondesi lead off the 4th with a triple, and scored on an Alex Gordon sac fly. In the 6th, Whit Merrifield lead off with a single, stole second and 3rd, Jorge Soler singled bringing in Merrifield, and a 3rd run scored when Frank Schwindel reached on an error. Following a 1 out walk to Merrifield, Mondesi had his second triple of the game, and Soler had his second RBI on the day later on the inning with a 2 out double. A single and 2 walks loaded the bases, and the White Sox scored their first run of the season on an Eloy Jimenez hit by pitch, Yoan Moncada would score the second run on a force out, and a Tim Anderson single drove in the White Sox final run. A Welling Castillo walk would load the bases, but Brad Boxberger would get Yolmer Sanchez to fly out to end the game. Carlos Rodon (0-1) allowed 3 runs on 3 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeout in 5 1/3. Brad Keller (1-0) allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts in 7 scoreless innings, while Boxberger (1st save) threw 3 pitches in getting the final out of the game.

Game 2 of the series is on Saturday. Jake Junis (9-12, 4.37 in '18) starts for the Royals, and he will be opposed by Reynaldo Lopez (7-10, 3.91 last year) for the White Sox. First pitch slated for 2:15.
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Old 03-30-2019, 04:54 PM
 
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White Sox 6 @ Royals 8.

Ryan O'Hearn would sandwich a fly out around 2 walks to Jorge Soler and Chris Owings, Hunter Dozier flied out to right which moved Soler to 3rd, Owings stole 2nd with Martin Maldanodo batting but he ended up striking out to end the inning. Billy Hamilton lead off the 3rd with a single, went to 2nd on Whit Merrifield's fly out and scored on an Adalberto Mondesi double. Alex Gordon was hit by a pitch, and Soler singled to load the bases with O'Hearn bringing in 2 more runs with an RBI single to CF. Owing popped up, Dozier walked to reload the bases, but Maldonado grounded out to end the inning. Gordon started the 5th with a walk, and scored on a Soler double, but Manny Banuelos, relieving Reynaldo Lopez would escape further damage retiring O'Hearn, Owings, and Dozier. White Sox got their scoring started in the 6th off of Jacob Junis. Yolmer Sanchez started the inning with a single, Leury Garcia struck out, Yoan Moncado singled, and Jose Abreu had a 3 run homer. Maldonado and Hamilton would have back-to-back singles to begin the 6th, a wild pitch by Nate Jones moved both runners up a base, and both runners scored on Merrifield's single to give the Royals the 3 run lead back at 6-3. Mondesi would bunt Merrifield to 2nd, Gordon walked, and Soler had the final 2 RBI's of the afternoon on a 2 run double advancing to 3rd on an error by Tim Anderson, but O'Hearn would ground out and Owings struck out. Wellington Castillo started the 7th with a walk, he was forced out at 2nd by Anderson's grounder, but Anderson stole second on Sanchez's strikeout, Garcia doubled home Anderson, and than Moncada finished the scoring with a 2 run homer. Castillo and Anderson greeted Ian Kennedy with back-to-back singles to begin the 9th, but Kennedy retired Sanchez (fly out), Garcia (strike out), and Moncada (strike out) to end the game, and preserve the 2-0 start to the season for the Royals. Jacob Junis (1-0) allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 5 2/3, Tim Hill (1st hold), and Jake Diekman (1st hold) combined for 1 strikeout in 1 1/3 hitless innings, and Kennedy (1st save) had 2 hits allowed with 1 strikeout in 1 inning of work. Maybe Kennedy is the new "failed starter turned lights out reliever" the Royals can turn him into. Older than Hochevar & Wade Davis, but still signed for 2 or 3 more years better figure out something. It's early, but Kennedy has looked good out of the bullpen, and the Royals have proven it can be done as they've done it numerous times. Lopez (0-1) allowed 4 runs on 6 hits with 4 walks (1 hit batter) and 2 strikeouts in 4+ innings.

Royals go for the sweep on Sunday. Jorge Lopez (2-4, 6.35 last year) starts for the Royals against Lucas Giolito (10-13, 6.13) with first pitch scheduled for 2:15.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:42 PM
 
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White Sox 6 @ Royals 3.

Tim Anderson started the 3rd with a double, but went nowhere as James McCann grounded out, Yoler Sanchez struck out, and Leury Garcia struck out. Jose Abreu had a 1 out homer in the 4th to give the South siders a 1-0 lead, and Yonder Alonso would go back to-back to give them a 2-0 lead. Garcia started the 6th with a single, Yoan Moncada double moved him to 3rd, and a walk to Abreu loaded the bases. Alonso and Eloy Jimenez would follow with back-to-back bases loaded walks to put them up 4-0, but they would avoid any further runs when Daniel Palka hit into a 3-2-3 double play and Anderson hit a grounder. James McCann lead off the 7th with a double, and 3 batters later scored on a Moncada single. A walk to Abreu moved Moncada to second, and he scored on an Alonso single to make it 6-0, but Jimenez ended the inning with a grounder. Alex Gordon had a 1 out single in the 7th, 2 batters later Ryan O'Hearn doubled home Gordon, and Lucas Duda had an RBI single to plate O'Hearn to make it 6-2. Martin Maldonado lead off the 8th with a double, 2 batters later a Whit Merrifield single moved him to 3rd, and Maldonado scored on Adalberto Mondesi's single to make it 6-3, but Gordon and Jorge Soler ended the inning with fly outs. Abreu had a 2 out single in the 9th and Alonso followed with a walk, but nothing further came from that as Jimenez grounded out. Jorge Lopez (0-1) allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (2 homers) with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in 5+ innings. Lucas Giolito (1-0) allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts in 6 2/3 while Alex Colome (1st save) had a 1-2-3 9th with a strikeout.

White Sox stay on the road and head to Cleveland for a 2 game series Monday and Wednesday for the Indians home opener, while the Royals stay at home, have Monday off, and welcome in the Twins for a quick 2 game set beginning on Tuesday. Jose Berrios (1-0, 0.00) starts for the Twins against Brad Keller (1-0, 0.00). First pitch scheduled for 8:15.
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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If Glass wants to be serious about competing in 2019 go get Kimbrel.. I know he wants lots of money but stop the "we are building for 2022"and go for it now if you think you have it..

Makes me think why should I bother going to the ballpark at times when ownership is like this. We likely have a large tv deal coming next year also..
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:10 PM
 
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They're just sucking now.
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Old 04-08-2019, 01:14 PM
 
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Yup, not a good weekend
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:07 AM
 
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Tuesday: Twins 5 @ Royals 4 (10 innings).
Max Kepler (1 run scored), Jorge Polanco (1 run scored), Nelson Cruz (3 RBI's), and C.J. Cron (1 RBI) combined had 8 of the 12 Twins hits on the evening, Eddie Rosario had an RBI and run scored, Willians Astudillo and Byron Buxton had the final 2 runs scored for the Twins. Jose Berrios allowed 3 runs on 7 hits (1 homer) with 0 walks and 4 strikeouts in 7 innings, Trevor Hildenberger (1-0) had a strike out in a scoreless 1/3 inning of work, and Blake Parker (1st save) had a walk and a strikeout in a hitless 10th inning. Aldaberto Mondesi (2 RBI's, 1 run scored, 1 home run), and Martin Maldonado paced the Royals with 3 hits, Whit Merrifield had a run scored, Ryan O'Hearn had a run scored and RBI on a home run, Chris Owings had a run scored, and Hunter Dozier had the final Royals RBI. Brad Keller allowed 3 runs on 5 hits with 4 walks (1 hit batter) and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings of work, Ian Kennedy (1st blown save) allowed 1 run on 3 hits with a strike out in 1 inning, and Brad Boxberger (0-1) allowed 1 run on 2 hits with a walk and a strike out in 1 inning. In other Central scores from Tuesday the Tigers beat the Yankees in the Bronx 3-1 and the White Sox and Indians were off. Twins lead the way at 3-1, and they are 1 game up on a 3 way tie for second between the 3-3 Tigers, 2-2 Royals, and 2-2 Indians, with the White Sox sitting at 2 back sporting a 1-3 record.

Wednesday: Twins 7 @ Royals 6.
Rosario (2-4, 1 RBI, 1 run scored), Astudillo (3-5, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored), and Mitch Garver (3-4, 2 RBI's, 2 runs scored) paced the attack for the Twins. Kepler had 2 RBI's, Buxton came into the game as a late inning pinch runner and scored a run, Ehire Adrianza had an RBI, and Tyler Austin scored a run. Kyle Gibson allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits (1 home run) with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in 4 2/3, Trevor May (1-0) had 1 hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Parker (2nd save) pitched a scoreless 1/3 of an inning to pick up the 1 out save. Mondesi (2 runs scored), Alex Gordon (1 run scored, 4 RBI's, 1 home run), and O'Hearn lead the Royals with 2 hits a piece. Billy Hamilton and Jorge Soler each scored a run without recording a hit, Merrifield had an RBI and run scored, and Owings had an RBI. Homer Bailey allowed 3 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts in 5 innings, but despite being named Homer and giving up 34 of them the last 2 years in Cincinnati, he did not allow any home runs this game. Unfortunately, the next time he took the mound (tonight) he wouldn't be nearly as lucky , Scott Barlow (1st hold) allowed 1 run on 2 hits with a walk (and hit batter) and strikeout in 2/3's of an inning, Tim Hill (2nd hold) had a walk (and hit batter) in 2/3 hitless innings, Kevin McCarthy (1st hold) pitched 2/3 hitless innings, Jake Diekman (1st blown save) allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with a strikeout in 1 inning of work, and Wily Peralta (0-1) allowed 1 run on 1 hit with a walk in 1 inning of work. In other divisional action the White Sox beat the Indians 6-3, and the Tigers won the series in New York against the Yankees with a 2-1 win. Minnesota stays in first at 4-1, Tigers remain in 2nd at 4-3, 1 game back, while the Royals, Indians, and White Sox all sit at 2-3 and 2 games back.

Thursday: Royals 4 @ Tigers 5.
Niko Goodrum went 2-3 with 3 RBI's, the only Tiger with multiple hits in the game, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI, and Christin Stewart had an RBI, while Nick Castellanos walk twice and scored 2 runs, and Josh Harrison only had 1 hit but he also walked twice and scored all 3 times he reached base. Spencer Turnball allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits with 2 walks and 10 strikeouts in 6 innings, Blaine Hardy (1-0) allowed 1 run on 1 hit (1 homer) with a strikeout in 2 innings, and Shane Greene (5th save) allowed a hit and a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work. Merrifield (2 runs scored), Gordon (2 runs scored, 2 RBI's, 1 home run), and Soler (1 RBI) each recorded 2 hits, and that was the entire offense for the day as the 4th Royals run scored an error so no RBI. Jake Junis allowed 3 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 6 innings, and Kyle Zimmer (0-1) walked all 3 batters he faced and 2 of the 3 came around to score. Quiet day in the division as the White Sox & Twins were off with the only other game taking place the Indians 4-1 win over the Blue Jays where the Indians had a combined no hitter going into the 9th. Twins remain in first at 4-1, Detroit improves to 5-3 and moves to a half game back, Indians improve to an even .500 at 3-3 and move a game and a half back, White Sox stay in 4th at 2-3, 2 games back and KC falls to 2-4 and 2.5 games behind.

Saturday: Royals 4 @ Tigers 7.
Castellanos (2 runs scored, 1 RBI), and Cabrera (1 run scored, 1 RBI) each had 3 hits, while Stewart while only registering 2 hits had the biggest one for the Tigers a grand slam which turned out to be the game winner. Goodrum, Jeimer Candelario, and Jordy Mercy scored the other 3 runs while the 7th Tigers run came on an error, so no RBI for that. Matt Moore allowed only 1 hit with 3 strike outs in 3 innings before leaving with injury, Victor Alcantara allowed 1 run on 1 hit (1 homer) with a walk and a strike out in 1 inning, Joe Jimenez (2nd hold) had a hit allowed and a strike out in 1 inning, and Greene (6th save) had a 1-2-3 9th with a strikeout. Merrifield had a run and RBI with his first home run of the year, Soler had a run scored and RBI with a home run, Dozier had a run scored with 2 RBI's and a home run, and Terrance Gore had the last run scored. Jorge Lopez allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 6 innings, McCarthy (0-1, 2nd hold) allowed 3 runs on 3 hits with a hit batter in 1/3 of an inning, and Peralta (1st blown save) allowed 2 runs on 1 hit (1 homer) with a walk in 2/3 of an inning. White Sox lost to the Mariners 2-9, Indians beat the Blue Jays 7-2, and the Twins beat the Phillies 6-3. That leaves the Twins at 5-2 and the Tigers at 6-3 in a virtual dead heat atop the division, the Indians 5-3 a half game back, Chicago 2 back at 3-4, and KC at 2-5, 3 games behind.

Sunday: Royals 1 @ Tigers 3.
Tigers only had 5 hits on the afternoon from Castellanos (scoring a run), Cabrera, Mercy, and Stewart with 2 hits. Stewart's triple in the first scored Candelario, and than Stewart would score later in the inning on a double play, and than for good measure Stewart would add an RBI single in the 6th. Tyson Ross (1-1) allowed 1 run on 5 hits with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts in 7 innings, Jimenez (3rd save) allowed 2 hits in 1 scoreless inning, and Greene (7th save) had a walk and 2 strikeouts in a hitless 9th. Merrifield and Hamilton each had 3 hits, but Cam Gallagher was the only other Royal that got a hit, with O'Hearn and Dozier drawing a walk each the only other Royals reaching base. Merrifield scored the Royals lone run, and he was driven in on a Gordon RBI ground out. Keller (1-1) allowed 3 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 6 innings. White Sox lose to the Mariners 5-12, Indians beat the Blue Jays 3-1, and the Twins lost to the Phillies 1-2. Detroit jumps to the top of the division at 7-3, Cleveland goes to 6-3 and gets to within a half game, Minnesota drops down to 5-3, 1 game back, White Sox fall to 3-5 3 games back, and the Royals are 4 games back sitting at 2-6. Tigers stay at home and welcome in the Indians for a 3 game series beginning on Tuesday, while the Royals will head home for a 4 game series with the Mariners starting on Monday night. Felix Hernandez (1-0, 1.69) starts for the Mariners against Homer Bailey (0-0, 5.40). In other Monday action, the White Sox play host to the Rays, with the Twins starting a series in New York against the Mets on Tuesday night.
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:13 AM
 
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Mariners 13 @ Royals 5.
Everyone in the Mariners lineup sans for Ryon Healy and Omar Narvaez had at least 1 RBI, but everyone on the M's had at least 1 hit and 1 run scored though. Domingo Santana (3 hits, 4 RBI's, 1 run scored) was the big contributor, but Dee Gordon (1 RBI, 1 run scored), Dylan Moore (1 RBI, 3 runs scored, 1 home run), Healy (1 run scored), and Edwin Encarnacion (4 RBI's, 2 runs scored, 2 home runs [both in the same inning too ]) all had 2 hits. Mitch Haniger, and Jay Bruce (home run) each had 1 run scored and 1 RBI, Dan Vogelbach had 1 RBI and 2 runs scored with a home run, and Narvaez had a run scored. Felix Hernandez allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with a strikeout in 1 inning before exiting due to an illness while Roenis Elias (1-0) had 1 walk and 4 strikeouts in 3 hitless innings. Whit Merrifield (1 run scored) and Alex Gordon (2 RBI's) paced the Royals with 2 hits apiece, Aldaberto Mondesi had a RBI and run scored, Terrance Gore scored a run, Ryan O'Hearn and Billy Hamilton all scored a run as well, while Lucas Duda and Chris Owings had the final 2 RBI's. Homer "I love giving up home runs" Bailey allowed 7 runs on 8 hits (3 home runs) with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 5+ innings. I know it's not "Fernando Tatis 2 grand slams in the same inning off the same pitcher" bad but allowing 2 home runs in the same inning to the same player, going out on a limb I do not think that is good! The only other central team in action Monday were the White Sox a 1-5 loser to Tampa. So the Central standings remain virtually unchanged Detroit still in first at 7-3 a half game up on the 6-3 Indians, Twins remain 1 back at 5-3, Chi Sox fall to 3-6 and 3.5 back while KC drops to 2-7 and 4.5 back. The Twins open a series in New York vs the Mets while the Indians/Tigers series in Detroit begins on Tuesday.

Game 2 of this 4 game series takes place on Tuesday. Marco Gonzalez (3-0, 3.20) started for the M's against Jake Junis (1-0, 4.63) and unfortunately that did not go well either,
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