Royals Rumblings - News for July 10, 2014
David Hill at Kings of Kauffman writes that Billy Butler and the Royals need each other.
For now, however, both the Royals and Butler have a mutual need together. The Royals need Butler to start producing like the hitter he has been in the past in order to make a true run at the playoffs. Butler needs a strong second half of the season in order to position himself well on the open market. This relationship, which will be breaking apart in a few short months, is truly symbiotic at this point.
RoyalsBlue thinks Royals fans aren't holding up their end of the bargain.
For the better part of three decades, Royals fans have only known the feeling of disappointment. There have been few bright spots, few glimmers of hope, and few reasons to, quite frankly, even remain a fan at all.
For much of this time, fans have asked repeatedly for only one thing from Royals ownership and management. Give us a team that matters. Something relevant. A team that can play .500 baseball. That’s all we ask.
While it is hard to argue the many failings of the Dayton Moore tenure here in Kansas City, he has at long last delivered on the first part of the promise he set out to keep 8 long years ago. The Kansas City Royals are a relevant baseball team.
The PROBLEM is, the fans and especially writers have had a hard time keeping up our side of the bargain. While we all thought the one thing we wanted most was to just have fun watching baseball, we failed to account for the one thing that might ruin all of that.
Kansas City has one jaded fanbase.
Jeffrey Flanagan writes that Christian Colon could be a future Omar Infante.
"You know, we never started to make that comparison to Omar," Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said by phone, "until we started seeing Omar play every day.
"But there definitely could be a strong comparison. If you look at Christian's numbers in the minors, they are almost identical to the type of offensive player Omar is. And we think there won't really be a drop-off in Christian's numbers going from the minors to the big leagues."
"The other comparison is that like Omar, Christian has great instincts for the game," Picollo said. "He does the smart thing out on the field. He's not a speedy guy, but when the situation presents itself, he can sniff out the right time for a stolen base or taking the extra base. "He also handles the bat well, has some pop in his bat and goes the other way to get a runner over -- a good situational hitter. And, of course, he's solid in the field."
Of course, when Infante was Colon's age, he already had 428 Major League games under his belt. But...GAMER!
Sam Mellinger notices that according to Fangraphs, the Royals have more hitters outperforming their expectations than those underperforming.
Andy McCullough notes Lorenzo Cain has flourished in the leadoff spot with Nori Aoki out, but how long should we expect him to hit at the top of the lineup?
Royals one-time prospect John Lamb had a big game for Omaha yesterday, including a big strike out of Manny Ramirez.
.@Royals LHP prospect John Lamb, who turns 24 tomorrow: 7 IP w/ 1 unearned run, 0 BB, 11 K today w/ Omaha. 3.08 ERA (54 K/52.2 IP) last 10.— Dave Holtzman (@DHoltzy) July 9, 2014
Interesting job opportunity, although the 1987 Royals were a pretty mediocre ballclub.
In the wake of Germany's epic blowout of Brazil in the World Cup, Yahoo! Sports presents the 13 most embarrassing sports losses of all-time and cites the Cardinals self-destruction in 1985 at the hands of the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.
Taiwan gives us the most awkward and potentially NSFW ceremonial first pitch ever.
The UK's newspaper The Telegraph revels in Nate Silver's incorrect prediction that Brazil would win the World Cup, because you know, if you predict something has better odds of happening and it doesn't happen, you're a complete failure.
Your song of the day is for Billy Butler and Ned Yost. Its Pete Yorn's "For Us":