Holding Ourselves Accountable (BP Kansas City Episode 116)

Every season, amidst the fun and games of spring training, we set some over/under marks for particular players and judge where we think they’ll land. 

This year, our array of predictions were hit and miss, but the journey is half the fun, right? We reviewed the predictions from March, what went right, what went wrong, and what was close.

Along with the over/under judgments, we also reviewed some bold predictions from before the 2018 season. Did we miss entirely? Did we nail them? Similar to the Royals disappointing-turning-into-optimistic season, it was a little of both.

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Holding Ourselves Accountable (BP Kansas City Episode 116)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/10/18/holding-ourselves-accountable-bp-kansas-city-episode-116.mp3 Every season, amidst the fun and games of spring training, we set some over/under marks for particular players and judge where we think they’ll land. This year, our array of predictions were hit and miss, but the journey is half the fun, right? We reviewed the predictions from March, what went right, what went […]

Milestones (BP Kansas City Episode 115)

For the fifth time in their history, the Royals have reached 100 losses. That’s not good, but we tried to add some perspective to the mark, in light of the Royals decent and much-more-watchable second half of the year.

Along with that is the emergence of Whit Merrifield as a consistent and dynamic star, Adalberto Mondesi as a hopeful phenom, and Ryan O’Hearn as a power-hitting giant. We focused mostly on Merrifield’s efforts this year and his consistency all season long, but Mondesi and O’Hearn have been so good that they sneak their way into any Royals discussion these days.

We also took a glance at the MLB playoff picture, including a potential chaotic finish, an easy team to root for, and some proposed changes to the playoff system. 

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Second Half Stardom (BP Kansas City Episode 114)

It’s been a difficult year, but the last month hasn’t been so bad. A number of Royals have started hitting, including surprises like Ryan O’Hearn, and a couple of pitchers have been great.

It makes for a more entertaining second half and an encouraging finish to the season.

We discuss Jakob Junis, Adalberto Mondesi, Brad Keller, and O’Hearn as well as the very fun near-perfect game by Jorge Lopez. 

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Look Lively (BP Kansas City Episode 113)

This week we covered the end of Danny Duffy’s season and the impact his varied ailments might have on him going forward. We also talked about the shifting perception of his contract and trade value.

In other injury news, we expressed disappointment in Jorge Soler’s setback during his rehab stint. After a strong start, a flukey injury shut him down and his season is over. We speculated on his role in 2019 and beyond in light of his abbreviated season.

And then we covered some odds and ends: Ryan O’Hearn mashing, Whit Merrifield’s great year, the Drew Butera trade, what to expect from Jerry Vasto and Ben Lively, and the emergence of Brad Keller and some other rookie arms who’ve shown promise this year.

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Awaiting The Call-ups (BP Kansas City Episode 112)

On Wednesday, the Royals traded Lucas Duda for cash, opening up a roster spot just in time for September call-ups to start showing up. We discussed Duda’s storied legacy in Kansas City from Day One to now. 

With the roster spot, a whole batch of minor leaguers could be called up to the majors, including some names who’ve been waiting for their shot like Frank Schwindel and Richard Lovelady, but some other players have a shot to come up too. 

And while Duda has departed, the Royals may have to make a few other moves to bring in the new crowd. We went over a few options.

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Turning a Corner (BP Kansas City Episode 111)

Ya know, Luke Hochevar wasn’t the all-star we may have hoped for after being the first overall selection in the 2006 draft, but he had his moments in his Royals career. We discussed his recent retirement and the up and down career Hoch experienced with the Royals.

We also discussed some of the recent moves, including the release of Blaine Boyer and trade of Terrance Gore, plus the pitching staff adjustments that corresponded with a Danny Duffy DL designation.

Finally, we took a glance at the standings and talked about the relative strength of each league as well as our current favorites from each side.

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The New Guys (BP Kansas City Episode 110)

Mike Moustakas has been traded, but the world keeps turning. While we say goodbye to Moose, we say hello to Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez, two former top-100 prospects who are ready for the big leagues right now.

Is it the right move? Should the Royals have gotten younger prospects? And anyway, how does it fit with the current crop of Royals prospects?

We talked about these things and the fun, new energy on the Royals lately. They’re still pretty bad, but they’re at least a little more fun.

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Second Half Starts and MooseWatch (BP Kansas City Episode 109)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/07/26/second-half-starts-and-moosewatch-bp-kansas-city-episode-109.mp3 The All-Star Break was good to the Royals and they came back somewhat rejuvenated in the second half. We discussed their positive week back, and the impact of some good, young starting pitching leading the way. Can it hold up in Yankee Stadium? We also discussed Mike Moustakas and his potential trade suitors. The […]

Revisiting Preseason Predictions (BP Kansas City Episode 108)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/07/19/revisiting-preseason-predictions-bp-kansas-city-episode-108.mp3 The Royals limped…crawled…technically made it to the All-Star break and are on pace for a franchise-worst record. There weren’t a lot of positives in the first half, but Jeff and Mike made some predictions in March and had to check on the status of those calls at the break. We discussed Jorge Soler, Alex […]