The Royals are tanking at tanking

They lost three of their top four bats. They have a pair of bloated contracts on the books for at least two more years. Their once vaunted bullpen carries more questions than answers. In baseball 2018, this is justification for a rebuild. Or, if you prefer a cruder word, a tank. Bless Dayton Moore’s baseball […]


Finding balance

It’s folly to read anything specific into a spring training lineup. Especially when the calendar still reads February. Still, it’s not difficult to notice a trend on Ned Yost’s lineup cards through just four games into the Cactus League season. This is the card from the opener. Today’s lineup — Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) February 24, […]

Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) reacts after scoring the tying run against the New York Mets in the 9th inning in game five of the World Series at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Thank You, Hoz

The Clutch Gene exists. It’s most definitely real. As a practicing sabermetrician, I’m not supposed to admit this. It’s not in the party platform. Several of my comrades from other websites will scoff at my lead. Nonsense! It’s a fallacy! I can already hear the jeers. Yet the Clutch Gene is real. And spectacular. Long-time […]

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PECOTA takes offense at the Royals

PECOTA couldn’t stay mad at the Royals forever. Yes, it’s PECOTA day. That annual exercise at Baseball Prospectus where a computer spits out a win-loss record and ends up disrespecting an entire franchise and fanbase. Except this year, the computer seems to have made up with the Royals. The projections can’t be dismissed as being […]


The Moose Market

We’ve traveled from declaring this offseason market to being “weird” a couple months ago to “collusion!” today. I’m not certain I’ve packed my bags for that trip, but there’s certainly something afoot. The latest, the Mets signing Todd Frazier for two years at a total of $17 million, is the first hint of desperation. Not […]

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Player Profile: Alcides Escobar

You can look at any major league roster and find mistakes. Errors in judgment are a hazard of working in a front office. Poor drafts, bad contracts, misguided trades…all can be on display. The hope is always that the good outweighs the bad. The positive moves override the mistakes. Alcides Escobar returning to the Royals […]