ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Gee's start heads south in Marlins' 3-run 6th

Royals starter Dillon Gee was nearly flawless through 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday night before surrendering four consecutive hits that led to a decisive three-run sixth inning in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins that forced a rubber game on Thursday and ended the Royals' win streak at nine.
Via Royals.com
25 minutes ago

Royals' offense flounders as Fish halt streak

Jose Fernandez put an end to his slump in record fashion on Wednesday night, tossing seven scoreless innings while striking out nine in the Marlins' 3-0 victory over the Royals, snapping their nine-game winning streak.
Via Royals.com
1 hour ago

Royals Report: Marlins Snap Royals 9-Game Win Streak With 3-0 Win

The Royals failed to extended their winning streak to ten straight games by falling to the Marlins 3-0 in Miami on Wednesday night. The KC Royals could not score against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez supported by two shutout innings from the Miami bullpen. The Kansas City Royals fell to 65-61 by losing 3-0 on Wednesday. They remain […] Royals Report: Marlins Snap Royals 9-Game Win...
Via Kings of Kauffman
2 hours ago

RECAP: Marlins 3, Royals 0; All Good Things Must Come To An End

In each of the last nine games the Royals had played, the game ended with them meeting in the middle of the field to give congratulatory high fives. Simply leaving the field following a game had become unfamiliar, but that’s what happened in this one when the Marlins halted the Royals nine-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory that was highlighted by the Royals missing enough...
Via BP Kansas City
2 hours ago

KC Royals: Yordano Ventura Sinker Usage Climbs In Hot August

KC Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura struggled in through the first four months of 2016 season while giving up a 4.88 ERA. In August, he’s posted a 2.03 ERA in five starts. So, why has 25-year-old Yordano Ventura been so much more effective in August than he was earlier in the season? Checking Ventura’s pitch […] KC Royals: Yordano Ventura Sinker Usage Climbs In Hot August...
Via Kings of Kauffman
4 hours ago

Davis nearing return to Royals' red-hot bullpen

Royals closer Wade Davis, who saved 21 games in 23 opportunities this season before going on the disabled list a second time with a right flexor strain, was scheduled to test his arm on Wednesday at the team's Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz.
Via Royals.com
5 hours ago

The Royals Are Having the Most Royals Month Ever

On July 31st, the Royals were basically dead in the water. On the day before the team had to make a final buy, sold, or hold decision, KC stood at 49-55, 12 games out of first place in the AL Central. They’d been outscored by 59 runs. And to top it off, Wade Davis had to go back on the DL with a flexor strain, signaling that he hadn’t been able to get past the arm problems that...
Via Fangraphs
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals’ rally mantis is real and working

The Kansas City Royals’ dugout had a visit from a praying mantis a few weeks ago and apparently has been their missing link in keeping their playoff hopes alive. On August 6th, a giant praying mantis landed in the Kansas City dugout at Kauffman Stadium. The strange visitor would have been shoed off and chased out by most teams, but not the Royals. The green critter found a home...
Via isportsweb.com
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Finishing Strong

The Kansas  City Royals have done a remarkable job of digging themselves out of oblivion and into contention this August. Nine game winning streaks will do that, I’m told. While they may be done digging and poised to start climbing, the hill remains daunting. In a world where being intelligent and hip (yes, I know that is not a ‘now’ term) is measured by how unexcited one...
Via BP Kansas City
11 hours ago

The Royals' resurgence should frighten every other AL contender

The Royals won back-to-back American League pennants -- and the 2015 World Series -- largely on the strength of their relief pitching, strong defense and timely hitting. And those are the very things that suddenly have thrust them back into playoff contention.Kansas City has won nine consecutive games and 14 of its past 16 to move within four games of an AL wild-card berth. That’s...
Via FOX Sports
11 hours ago

Ventura, bullpen power Royals to ninth-straight win

MIAMI -- Yordano Ventura escaped two threats while pitching six innings, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Tuesday night.Ventura (9-9), who reached 101 mph on the scoreboard radar gun, allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Royals starters have an ERA of 1.69 during the winning streak, Kansas...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Royals CAN make the playoffs…but…Mellinger’s not wrong!

Royals fans are up in arms over an article from Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star.  Should they be? Sam Mellinger wrote an article on Monday giving his reasoning for why the Royals will not make the playoffs, basically boiling his arguments down to math and July.  The thing is, he’s not wrong.  The Royals begin their most important stretch of games this season Tuesday...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago

Royals Providing Relief Once Again

When pressed about what has made the Royals so good the last couple seasons, there are a lot of answers people can give. You can mention the aggressiveness, both in the batter’s box and on the bases. You can talk about the amazing defense. You can talk about the never-say-die attitude. But, to me, what has allowed the Royals to be two-time AL pennant winners and the defending World...
Via BP Kansas City
1 day ago

From an Ice Cold July to a Red-Hot August, Royals Are Back in the Hunt

One month ago, the Kansas City Royals sat at 48-48, eight full games back of Cleveland, and five games back from Toronto for the second Wildcard spot. They were fading fast, and the feeling around Kansas City was that of a season from the 2000s, though the Royals were still over .500. Exactly one month later, Kansas City is 64-60, and four games over .500 for the first time since...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago

Duffy’s Daffy Ascension! …And The Top 100 Starting Pitchers, Week 21

This weekend, I went to an Ikea for the first time. First of all - you are herded through the store on a specific path like you're being herded alongside other furniture-buying sheep. Bahhhhhh! That bottom left frame of Buster is about how I handle crowds like that... Anywho, at the end when you pick your furniture to buy, it's in this giant warehouse that makes the end...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Gurriel debuts; Royals, Duffy on a roll

A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday: --- CUBAN COMING Yulieski Gurriel will join the Astros prior to a game at Baltimore. The Cuban defector signed a five-year contract in July, and after some time shaking rust in the minors, the 32-year-old third baseman joins the club a day after it found out Luis Valbuena might be done for the season following a setback in...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rally Mantis Jr. is fueling the Royals' late playoff push

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals didn't have a postseason prayer. Until, that is, a praying mantis showed up in their dugout.Since then, the defending World Series champions are playing like world beaters.Perhaps the Royals can thank Billy Burns for their hot streak. He's a spare outfielder, stuck on the bench almost all the time since being traded over from Oakland last...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals have new 'Rally Mantis' after death of previous one

As the baseball world continues to mourn the untimely death of the Kansas City Royals' dearly departed good luck charm, the so-called “Rally Mantis," another insect talisman has emerged to take its place. The original “Praying Mantis” perished in Minnesota days ago, despite the top-notch care Royals players were providing. But during Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals rally mantis passes away at the age of a few months

Baseball has a very long season, with plenty of downtime. Players find various ways to amuse themselves, and the Royals struck gold this week when they found a praying mantis in their dugout. They rescued it and as they began to win games, realized they had a rally mantis on their hands. They decided to take the mantis on the road with them, because of course they did. From the...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals players pay tribute to fallen Rally Mantis

The Kansas City Royals were very excited to find that they had their very own Rally Mantis. Unfortunately, the experience was short lived, and Kansas City players are paying tribute to their fallen comrade. The mantis first appeared at Kauffman Stadium last Saturday, and with the Royals immediately going on a winning streak, the players immediately boxed it up and took it with them...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s wrong with the Kansas City Royals?

The latest victims of a World Series hangover, the Kansas City Royals are 55-59 — third place in the American League Central. The distance between themselves and the division-leading Cleveland Indians is 9.5 games, while four teams and 6.5 games separate K.C. from a Wild Card spot. To put it in a much clearer perspective, there won’t be a second straight championship. Even more...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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