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2017 Kansas City Royals Thread
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http://deadspin.com/yordano-venturas-mom...1794192056

Off to a somber start.  Also, isn't pitching going to be a real problem this season?
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(04-10-2017, 05:40 PM)NOLA Wrote: http://deadspin.com/yordano-venturas-mom...1794192056

Off to a somber start.  Also, isn't pitching going to be a real problem this season?

I didn't get to watch the game, so I hadn't seen the Yordano tribute until now.

I think the starting rotation is going to be okay. It's the bullpen that has me worried. It's not HHDH (Hochevar, Herrrera, Davis, Holland), or even Herrera and Davis, it's just Herrera. The quality is down across the board in the bullpen. I think people underestimate how much of a unique advantage that was having guys that could consistently wipe out an inning each.

That and what the hell are the Royals thinking trying to rely less on speed and more on power? We don't have a hitter friendly ballpark and power is far less consistent than speed and hitting for contact. I understand the core of the team is starting to get a little older and a couple guys have moved on, but it's messing with the whole formula that won them a World Series.
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(04-10-2017, 07:07 PM)asskickingboots Wrote:
(04-10-2017, 05:40 PM)NOLA Wrote: http://deadspin.com/yordano-venturas-mom...1794192056

Off to a somber start.  Also, isn't pitching going to be a real problem this season?

I didn't get to watch the game, so I hadn't seen the Yordano tribute until now.

I think the starting rotation is going to be okay. It's the bullpen that has me worried. It's not HHDH (Hochevar, Herrrera, Davis, Holland), or even Herrera and Davis, it's just Herrera. The quality is down across the board in the bullpen. I think people underestimate how much of a unique advantage that was having guys that could consistently wipe out an inning each.

That and what the hell are the Royals thinking trying to rely less on speed and more on power? We don't have a hitter friendly ballpark and power is far less consistent than speed and hitting for contact. I understand the core of the team is starting to get a little older and a couple guys have moved on, but it's messing with the whole formula that won them a World Series.

I don't even watch baseball regularly and I totally understood immediately that bullpen was KC's strength in 2014 and 2015.  Told anyone who would listen, especially Mets fans who kept trying to tell me that the Mets had the best bullpen in baseball.  Told 'em they were gonna be real surprised.  They were.  Davis is incredible... where'd he go?
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(04-10-2017, 05:40 PM)NOLA Wrote: http://deadspin.com/yordano-venturas-mom...1794192056

Off to a somber start.  Also, isn't pitching going to be a real problem this season?

Cubs. Talk about a lucky run of good teams.
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Eh, this is as good a place as any to leave this:

http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/07/13/john-...ague-draft

Article about the Royal 1979 draft class, which inlcuded Elway and Marino, apparently.  Loved this quote:

Quote:ART STEWART, Royals scout: We’d have a pretty good football team if we’d signed all those guys. Bo Jackson, Dan Marino, John Elway, Deion Sanders.
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#7
Are the Royals good again?  I hear they're good again.
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#8
They sure seem to be. I'm trying to remember this off the top of my head, but since their bad start (10-20) they've had the 3rd best record in baseball. Some of the guys that weren't hitting well seem to be coming around.

They've still been hitting for more power than we're used to, but it looks more like Royals baseball. Score in bunches. Frustrate opponents. Solid bullpen play. They had a long scoreless streak for the bullpen broken up in the 9th inning of a 16-2 nail biter.

They became buyers instead of sellers. They traded for some bullpen arms and a back of the rotation pitcher, they didn't lose much to do it outside of Strahm, but he wasn't going to pitch this year anyway (injury). They might still trade for another bat.

They're still 2 games back of the Indians right now despite an 8 game winning streak because it coincides with a 7 game winning streak for the Tribe. Still, they'd be a wild card team if the playoffs started today, and that's a long shot from where I thought they'd be a couple months back.
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(07-28-2017, 06:05 AM)asskickingboots Wrote: They sure seem to be. I'm trying to remember this off the top of my head, but since their bad start (10-20) they've had the 3rd best record in baseball. Some of the guys that weren't hitting well seem to be coming around.

They've still been hitting for more power than we're used to, but it looks more like Royals baseball. Score in bunches. Frustrate opponents. Solid bullpen play. They had a long scoreless streak for the bullpen broken up in the 9th inning of a 16-2 nail biter.

They became buyers instead of sellers. They traded for some bullpen arms and a back of the rotation pitcher, they didn't lose much to do it outside of Strahm, but he wasn't going to pitch this year anyway (injury). They might still trade for another bat.

They're still 2 games back of the Indians right now despite an 8 game winning streak because it coincides with a 7 game winning streak for the Tribe. Still, they'd be a wild card team if the playoffs started today, and that's a long shot from where I thought they'd be a couple months back.

The Royals will be playing meaningful baseball heading into August... again.  This is so unlike most of my childhood.
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#10
Royals traded for a corner outfield bat, Melky Cabrera. Use to play for the Royals in 2011, so he already knows the core group of guys. Heck I seen him hug Hosmer the first time he played the Royals and got on base. Melky's defense is not good, but he hits well and draws walks.

Melky has a .295 avg, .336 OB%, .436 SLG, .771 OPS, with 13 home runs this year. So, he's likely going to bat 2nd or 7th in the order, depending upon if they'd rather have him or Jorge Bonifacio hold down the 2 spot. Should be a major upgrade to trotting out Gordon and Moss everyday. Should see a lot of time at DH.
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