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Selling Now Would Be A Mistake For Royals

At the beginning of the 2017 season, the Royals went through an offensive funk you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Well, maybe the Yankees. Anyway, the drumbeat began then, increasing in volume with every strikeout, popup, and weak grounder. Sell. Sell. Sellsellsell! After 30 games, the Royals were 10-20 and had scored a grand […]

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Speed Thrills

If you’ve been following along with the data revolution that is Statcast, you’re aware that they released a new metric on Tuesday. Sprint Speed is a measurement in terms of “feet per second in a player’s fastest one-second window.” A full explanation can be found here, but the ft/sec calculation makes sense, given that baseball […]

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The Juice From The Kansas City Power Company

On Wednesday in San Francisco, the Royals went 1-14 with runners in scoring position. If you didn’t know anything from the game other than that tidbit, you’d probably assume there weren’t a lot of runs provided by the Kansas City nine. Except it didn’t quite work that way. The Royals plated seven runs total. The […]

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Smoke and Mirrors (BP Kansas City Episode 56)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/05/11/smoke-and-mirrors-bp-kansas-city-episode-56.mp3 The Royals have hit a little better in May but Ned Yost is still working on how to jumpstart the offense. So he went back to an old trick and put Alcides Escobar at leadoff. We talked about “Esky Magic” and why it’s silly if you’re taking it seriously. After the break, we talked […]

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The Return Of Esky Magic

The answer was right there all along. Alcides Escobar is here to save the day. You know the story. Escobar was inserted in the leadoff spot on September 13, 2014 with the Royals in a fight for the playoffs. And they started winning. And winning. And winning. Since that date, no Royal has hit at […]

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Trading Places

After another tough weekend for the Royals, the question seems to be more of a when than an if they’ll be unloading their key free agents. Sitting at 7-16 and drifting farther out of the playoff picture at a far quicker rate than anyone expected, the organization will face some tough questions. As you know, Lorenzo […]