Dayton Moore

Moore Rebuilding

With the news centering around Dayton Moore over the past few weeks regarding the Braves general manager job, it’s been interesting to see the reactions to the possibility of him leaving. Many saw the news as the architect of the best stretch of Royals baseball in three decades potentially leaving the organization as bad news. […]

Sep 8, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Jumping the Market

For many years at the beginning of the Dayton Moore era, the Royals made a move pretty quickly following the season, and often it was a relatively big one. In 2013, they had a major announcement and signed Jason Vargas to a four-year deal. In 2012, they traded for Ervin Santana. In 2011, they traded […]

Aug 15, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) just misses catching a fly ball against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Projections Can Wait

I love baseball projections. A lot of people think they’re stupid because the game is played on the field and all that, but I love them. The key is to take them for what they are and that’s just that they’re another piece of the evaluation puzzle. It’s silly to get mad at a computer, […]

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

There will be no more big league baseball games played in 2017, and while that’s sad, it does mean that we can actually get back to some action for the boys in blue…maybe. As of this writing, the Royals are still without a pitching coach and a hitting coach while many of the big names […]

Aug 7, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (31) reacts after walking in a run in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Hard Knocks

Baseball can be a pretty simple game. If you score more runs than your opponent, you win. It’s that easy. Of course, how the runs are scored and prevented is what can get complicated. Sure, a home run is always at least a run and a strikeout is (almost) always an out, but what about […]

Jul 8, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (40) walks off the field as Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) heads home to score the winning run after left fielder Cody Bellinger (35) drew a bases loaded walk in the tenth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Now Pitching: Johnny Wholestaff

When the 2017 postseason started, there was a debate about how best to use a pitching staff. Some argued that the idea of “bullpenning” made a ton of sense. If you’re unfamiliar, the basic concept is that you get as much out of your starting pitcher as possible without exposing them to a lineup often […]

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Whit’s Happening

In a little less than a season and a half’s worth of games, Whit Merrifield has been worth 3.4 WARP, or about 2.4 WARP per 162 games. That dog will most certainly hunt in a lineup. He’s been one of the more pleasant surprises over the last two seasons when there haven’t been as many […]