Race to the Bottom (BP Kansas City Episode 97)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/04/19/race-to-the-bottom-bp-kansas-city-episode-97.mp3 The Royals lost every game since our last episode. Some by blowout, some by blown save. Shaky offense, shaky bullpen, and not enough starting pitching. It’s rough. Is there help on the way? Well, things can probably only get better, right? There are some players performing in the minor leagues who could help and […]

Injury Updates and Pitching Chatter (BP Kansas City Episode 96)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/04/13/injury-updates-and-pitching-chatter-bp-kansas-city-episode-96.mp3 Alex Gordon will miss some time with a torn labrum in his hip, and while he hasn’t been hitting this season so far, it still injects more uncertainty into the Royals lineup. Meanwhile, Salvador Perez might be returning sooner than expected? We discuss the lineup and the impact of these injuries, plus a potential […]

So It Begins (BP Kansas City Episode 95)

Despite the weather, the Royals actually managed to get a couple games in during the first week of the MLB season. 

Now, the results? Not that great. We discussed the meaning of early-season stats – that is, that there isn’t much meaning yet – and what stood out from four chilly games.

We also talked about the roster moves that lead to the opening day roster and since game 1, including the curious DFA and trade of Miguel Almonte, and the DFA waiving of Kyle Zimmer. 

Finally, we talked about the Royals early approach of increasing defensive shifts and if it’s something that’s here to stay or if shifts might be actually bad.

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We Made It: Opening Day (BP Kansas City Episode 94)

That was a long offseason, and finally, after all the contract talks, trades, and other nonsense…the 2018 season begins.

Of course, the Royals just learned that they’ll be without Salvador Perez after a torn MCL. The initial timeline is 4 to 6 weeks of recovery, so we discussed how the Royals may approach the next month and a half.

We also discussed the first lineup, Danny Duffy, and the final moves to make up the opening day roster.

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2018’s Bold Predictions and Over/Under Bets (BP Kansas City Episode 93)

It’s time for our 4th Annual Over/Under Extravaganza And Pancake Luncheon. 

After covering some of the roster news, Jeff and Mike call out some numbers and discuss whether they think certain Royals will end up over or under that mark. Simple! For instance, Baseball Prospectus projects Alex Gordon to bat .239 this year. Over or under?

As in year’s past, the Vault also tossed out a couple of bold predictions about the Royals in 2018. Maybe we’re just crazy with a couple of these. You can let us know.

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Bonifacio’s Suspension and Camp Cuts (BP Kansas City Episode 92)

While the Royals cut down the roster at big league camp, Jorge Bonifacio got suspended and will miss half the season.

Bonifacio’s suspension impacts playing time for a number of Royals we figure will be on the opening day roster, and we discuss those implications. We also looked at the first cuts in camp and what’s next for some key players, including Hunter Dozier’s first base adventure, and Bubba Starling’s injured oblique.

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Tanks, But No Tanks (BP Kansas City Episode 91)

The prevailing idea in baseball lately is that when your contending window closes, you carve it up and lose for a few years, but I guess nobody told Dayton Moore that.

A week after signing Lucas Duda to a one-year deal, the Royals signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year deal as well. And they signed Ricky Nolasco to a minor league deal. And – oh yeah – while we recorded this episode, news broke that they’d reached an agreement with Mike Moustakas as well.

So we discussed those moves and how they fit for the Royals in 2018 and their impact even beyond that. 

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Early Spring Roster Questions (BP Kansas City Episode 90)

In an effort to fill the gap left by Eric Hosmer, the Royals signed Lucas Duda to a one-year deal to play first base. But wait, what about Hunter Dozier?

We cover Duda’s deal and Dozier’s fate, as well as taking a big picture look at the roster and who’s safe to make the team out of spring training, and who might end up in Omaha. In the end, some of the guys who are out of options might get the advantage. We looked at the implications.

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End of An Era (BP Kansas City Episode 89)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/02/22/end-of-an-era-bp-kansas-city-episode-89.mp3 Well Eric Hosmer has made it official and his signing with the San Diego Padres moves the Royals into a true period of transition. We discussed his new contract and how it works for him and how the Royals come away with pretty good compensation, too. The next rebuild is underway and 2018 becomes […]

MLBPA, PECOTA, and OMG (BP Kansas City Episode 88)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/02/08/mlbpa-pecota-and-omg-bp-kansas-city-episode-88.mp3 Pitchers and catchers report next week and many of the top free agents are still on the market. We discussed the pattern of skyrocketing salaries over the last decade and the stalemate we’re watching now, and what the future fallout might be. Of course, that leads to where the Royals stand in pursuit of […]