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Jason Hammel is sick of this shift

Jason Hammel does not care for the shift. Jason Hammel gave up several soft hits through open spots in the shift tonight. He railed against the shift postgame. “I’ll probably get backlash tomorrow.. But I’m tired of it.” — Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) May 23, 2018 The comments came on Tuesday night, following an outing where […]

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How To Kill a Rally, Two Outs At a Time

Another day, another loss. And two times where Royals batters grounded into double plays. This is brutal. The Royals hitters rank 13th among AL teams in B-WAR at 2.9. (Let’s not talk about the pitching. OK, we’ll digress for a moment. The Royals rank dead last in B-WAR for pitchers at -1.0. ) There are a […]

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The Continuing Offensive Malaise

The Royals saw their first winning streak of the season come to an end on Monday. During said winning streak, the offense showed some signs of breaking out of a month-long malaise. It’s true. In that time, the Royals collected six hits in 26 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. That’s a .231 batting […]

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The long goodbye

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Not for this player. Not in this city. For this team. Yet here we are. Alex Gordon has become a fringe player for the Royals. He returned to the Royals lineup on Tuesday night, hitting seventh in the order. He struck out looking to close the second, ripped […]

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RECAP: Homecoming

It was almost Turn Back the Clock night at The K on Tuesday. Almost. Lorenzo Cain returned to Kansas City, thanks to the interleague schedule that mandated a trip for the Brewers. He was greeted by his hermanito Salvador Perez during a pregame met with the local media. (More on Perez in a moment.) He was […]

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Mashin’ Moose

This has become an annual exercise in this segment of bandwidth. For the third year running, it’s time to celebrate the hitting transformation of one Michael Christopher Moustakas.  Let’s just get this out of the way: Moustakas is absolutely punishing the baseball. According to data from Statcast and Baseball Savant, Moustakas is barreling a pitch […]