Struggling Career Comparison: 2014 Mike Moustakas v. 2011 Alex Gordon

A lot of people are freaking out that Mike Moustakas is a bust.  Like, a COLOSSAL bust.  Many are saying that he needs to be cut loose from the Royals if he isn't producing by June 1, 2014. His batting average is atrocious.  He puts too much pressure on himself.  He looks lost at the plate.  He needs to go to AAA Omaha to regain his confidence and also learn that he has...
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Kansas City Royals: Five early observations from 2014

The Kansas City Royals started the season 4-7, but have won five of their last six games, to bring them just one game back of first place Detroit. It’s way too early in the season to pay too much attention to standings, but the AL Central looks like it could be an interesting race this year. Only 2.5 games separate last place Cleveland and first place Detroit. The Royals should...
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WATCH: Alcides Escobar goes the distance to make great catch

Kansas City Royals infielder Alcides Escobar ran a country mile to make an amazing sliding catch on a ball sliced into foul territory. Escobar started the track meet behind second base, sprinting towards the third-base foul line before making the sliding web gem to record the out. Your browser does not support iframes. The post Alcides Escobar Runs A Country Mile To Make Sliding...
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Butler is likely headed back to cleanup spot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Royals manager Ned Yost dropped Billy Butler out of the cleanup spot early last week, Butler did not view the decision as a demotion. "Even if I didn't agree with it -- and I did agree with it -- there are times the manager has to do what is best for me and the ball club," Butler said. "That was the case there." Yost moved Sal Perez...
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Dyson Sucks Up Steals

Jarrod Dyson gets a nice short-term spike in value with the injury to Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Dyson had been placed on the bereavement list heading into the weekend, but he is expected to rejoin the team today. So while he missed the Twins series to sit in awkward silence with his mee-maw and step-peppers, he’ll be deployed in the Royals outfield from today forward...
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Royals pounded by Twins, fall out of first

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the big picture, this still was a pretty good week for the Royals. Even after dropping an 8-3 game to the Twins on Sunday, ending the Royals' five-game winning streak, the Royals still find themselves over .500 at 9-8 as they embark on a seven-game trip through Cleveland and Baltimore. "We took two of three from the Twins," Billy Butler said...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Duffy and Davis Solidify Royal’s Bullpen

  If you have been reading Royals Blue over the past month or so, you will know how nervous I have been about the reigning MLB best bullpen. This spring the Royal relievers seemed to have lost their way.  Everyone from the incredibly reliable Greg Holland to Louis Coleman seemed incredibly hittable.  With such success the year before, and a battle for the starting rotation that...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins' offense sporadic in Saturday road loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals manager Ned Yost turned to pitching coach Dave Eiland in the fifth inning Saturday and told him that Kansas City was going to have to protect a one-run lead against Minnesota. The way his bullpen has been going, there was no need to worry. Danny Duffy, Wade Davis and Greg Holland allowed one walk and no hits over the final four innings, and the Royals held...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Reel off 5th Straight Win

The Kansas City Royals won their 5th straight game today with a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins in front of 24,000+ happy fans at Kauffman Stadium.  The story of this game was definitely the play of the Royals bullpen.  Bruce Chen and the Royals took a 5-4 lead into the 6th inning before turning it over to the Royal relievers.  Danny Duffy started things off with a walk, only...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Vargas: Lucky or Good?

by John Viril— Pundits snickered when Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore signed 31-year-old pitcher Jason Vargas to a 4-year $32 million contract. Most agreed that Vargas was a useful innings eater, and that the average salary was fair market value in 2014, but that Moore had overpaid by at least one, if not two, more guaranteed years than was necessary. Right now, Dayton Moore...

Royals' Dyson on bereavement leave

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson was placed on bereavement leave Friday, and the Royals recalled utilityman Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Omaha. Dyson, according to manager Ned Yost, will rejoin the team Monday. Players on the bereavement list must miss a minimum of three games and cannot be on the list longer than seven games. Paredes, who has minor-league options...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Duffy needs to Move to Rotation

by John Viril— Danny Duffy lit up radar guns in an impressive two-inning relief stint against the Astros Wednesday night, helping Kansas City take a 6-4 victory in 11 innings. Duffy pitched in the bottom of the 9th and 10th innings and struck out four. Forget about the 3 hits and one walk. His stuff was nasty. He regularly hit 98 on the gun with his fastball, and his curve made...

Kansas City Royals Must Quit the Moose Excuse

Photo Credit: Keith Allison       The numbers are atrocious. The numbers are abysmal. The numbers are alarming. Most of all, the numbers are empirical. They do not lie. They are not mistakes. The numbers I’m speaking of are those that belong to Mike Moustakas. Though these numbers are far from complete, they represent the starting point on a chart which is projecting to only...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Should we start worrying about Billy Butler?

Earwigs are weird little bugs. They’re long, they have pincers on their butts and they have these weird little membranous wings they rarely use. Some species of earwigs have been traced back to the Jurassic Era, and they live on pretty much every continent. You know where they don’t live? Anyone’s ears. The term earwig […]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lorde finally meets George Brett, inspiration for 'Royals'

The circle is finally complete: Lorde has met her muse for "Royals," George Brett.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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