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Identity Shift

The Royals, for years, had an identity of the team that would make you go nuts. They made tons of contact, resulting in not striking out much and then they ran. That strategy, along with a ridiculous bullpen, led to them becoming World Series champions in 2015. It was a good strategy, especially with offense […]

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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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Road Warriors

A hallmark of this Royals team through the first couple months of the season was their inability to beat the lesser teams of the American League. Before they embarked on their West Coast road trip, the team held an 8-10 mark against teams with a sub-.500 record. That’s not particularly good, even with the small […]

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

The Royals are on the verge of averaging four runs per game for the season. If you round up, they are averaging four per game. After that brutal April, I knew there was obviously a chance they’d turn things around and be able to score some runs, but I didn’t think they’d be approaching that […]