Mike Moustakas Breaks out of Slump

by John Viril— Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas has hit for extra bases three games in row, including home runs in consecutive days. Moustakas has hit .307/.307/.846 with 4 RBI’s over his last 3 games. It might not sound like much, but for Moustakas, it counts as a deluge of success in a season that saw him start the year 0-25. For the season, Mike Moustakas is still only...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
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Bear or Bull: Bullet with Butlerfly Wings

Billy Butler burned his fanboys last year, after a strong campaign in 2012.  I know everyone around here lovingly (or maybe bitterly) calls him “Moobs”, but that probably hurts his feelings… I bet that’s why he started out so slow this year. I am tweaking the categories a bit this time, because this methodology is still a work in progress.  Here are some quick notes on...
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Don't look now, but it's Moose who is coming through in the clutch

For a guy hitting just .138 overall, Mike Moustakas sure has played a huge role in three wins over the past week. Moose's homer in the 11th inning last week against Houston beat the Astros, his two-run bomb sealed a win against Minnesota on Friday, and his blast against Cleveland on Tuesday night got the Royals' offense going. And to be fair, Moustakas has looked far better...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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Royals look for more of the same from Vargas

When they signed Jason Vargas in the offseason, the Kansas City Royals hoped he at least could eat innings while helping the club replace the departed Ervin Santana. Instead, the left-hander has been dominant early on to give the Royals a tough pairing along with ace James Shields. After Shields helped them even their four-game road series with the Cleveland Indians, Vargas will...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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The Royals finally flex their muscles in 8-2 romp over Tribe

The Royals brought out their version of the long ball Tuesday night in Cleveland -- four doubles, and a home run. Hey, not the '27 Yankees, we know. But for a team as power-challenged as the Royals, they'll take it. The big blow was Mike Moustakas' three-run jolt into the right-field seats that put the Royals up 3-1. And the Royals rolled from there, 8-2, to climb back...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Pine Tar Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via i70baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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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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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4 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...
Via Royals Blue
4 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...

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...
Via Royals Blue
7 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 […]
Via Fangraphs
8 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.
Via Gamedayr
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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