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Game 39 Overflow Thread

So the Indians probably have the worst bullpen in the game, and that "probably" is only there because we still have a team in Washington. The Royals have responded to this fact by running into two...

Monthly Individual OPSes by the 2008 Royals Worse than Mike Aviles' .518 in April 2009 (non-TPJ division)

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  1. Ross Gload, May: .380
  2. John Buck, August: .411
  3. Miguel Olivo, July: .445
  4. Jose Guillen, July: .446
  5. Joey Gathright, June: .479
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What Should We Expect Going Forward from the Royals' Offense?

With the end of the Royals' best first month of the season in recent memory, fans are understandably wondering how sustainable it is. Obviously, the pitching has been good  (some young guy whose...

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Murray Chass Was Right, or, How VORP Got the 2008 Royals Wrong, with an Open Letter to Rany

I'll admit it: the title (the first half, anyway) is meant as an attention grabber. But there is a fundamental truth contained therein: VORP, Baseball Prospectus' most well-known stat for valuing...

Fresh on the heels of my award-winning 2008 Royals O-Swing Percentage Graph, here is a graph the...

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Fresh on the heels of my award-winning 2008 Royals O-Swing Percentage Graph, here is a graph the O-Swing (percentage of pitches swung at outside of the strike zone) for all the teams of the AL Central from 2005-2008 by year, also compared to the MLB average. Remember -- this is for hitters, so lower is better. (Maybe I [or someone else, of course] will do something like this for pitchers next week). The results speak for themselvs, I guess, but they are saying all sorts of things. Discuss and enjoy! For a larger version, click here (opens in new tab/window). Consider this a humble appendix to the "Secrets of the AL Central" series. All data via FanGraphs, of course.

This is a graphical representation of (select) Royals 2008 O-Swing%, from Fangraphs. It gives the...

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This is a graphical representation of (select) Royals 2008 O-Swing%, from Fangraphs. It gives the percentage of pitches outside the strike zone each hitter swings out. The implciations are obvious. The lower the better. In 2008, the MLB average was 25.4%. Click here for a bigger (and more readable) version of the graph. Three things to note: 1. I had to leave Jason Smith off because it made the graph impossible to read, since he was at 61.7%. 2. Mike Jacobs' O-Swing% for 2008 was 34.0%. 3. Seitzer's got his work cut out for him.

The Dream Is Alive: BP Predicts Miguel Olivo WILL Hit Double-Digits in Walks in '09!

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Miguel Olivo is only 96% as terrible as he as commonly perceived to be.

Royals Acquire Mike Jacobs for Some Reason

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It was inescapable: KANSAS CITY -- The Royals acquired power-hitting first baseman Mike Jacobs from the Florida Marlins on Thursday for right-handed reliever Leo Nunez. Jacobs, who turned 28 on...

Love that Treyball: 147 straight trips to the plate without a walk for the boys in blue. The Royals have not drawn a walk since DeJesus drew a free pass in the finale of the Toronto series.

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Love that Treyball: 147 straight trips to the plate without a walk for the boys in blue. The Royals have not drawn a walk since DeJesus drew a free pass in the finale of the Toronto series.

Jon Lester No-Hits the Royals at Fenway

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Well thank goodness the long-suffering fans of Boston have something to cheer about now. Contrary to what might be expected, sometimes I miss a game. Not that I usually have much going on --...

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