Royals Rumblings - News for August 28, 2014
Hunter Samuels at Kings of Kauffman says its the Royals power that has surged to lead the team on their recent hot streak.
Prior to the All Star break, the Royals had an isolated slugging percentage of .112, which was, by far, the worst in baseball. They did have the 10th most doubles , but they had just the 24th most triples and, of course, the fewest home runs in the majors. It’s difficult to score a lot of runs when you need to string singles together time and time again. Since the break, however, the Royals are doing much better in the extra-base hit department. Their .128 ISO ranks a far more respectable 16th, and while they’re just 18th in second half doubles, they have hit the 6th most triples, including one each by Raul Ibanez and Salvador Perez, because that makes perfect sense.
Craig Brown at Royals Authority wrestles with the Royals success versus his trust in the "Process."
The fear is this team has somehow overcome it’s shortcomings that Moore fails to see and he’s going to get rewarded with a contract extension and the Royals will slowly slide back into irrelevance. This is akin to worrying about the fourth year of Omar Infante’s contract. Man, I don’t even know what’s going to happen in one week, so I don’t know that I can get all worked up about a hypothetical contract extension. Yeah, it will probably happen. And yeah, I’m not sure Moore can figure out how to recapture success that on the surface boggles the mind. I’d like to see what would happen if the Royals could find a true visionary GM. But I also know David Glass is loyal to his people and if things keep going the way they are, a contract extension is all but inevitable.
If the Royals somehow pull this off, don’t we have to give Moore some credit? Even though I still don’t like him as a General Manager, I’ll absolutely tip my cap to him if the Royals are playing in October. Not to acknowledge his role in this or to say the Royals won despite Moore seems a little vindictive.
Blair Kerkhoff at the Star reminds everyone that Royals attendance is up, despite some smaller crowds this week.
The Royals are averaging 23,353 fans per game through 64 home dates after a crowd of 17,688 watched them beat the Twins 6-1 on Wednesday. It's the best average since the team drew 24,570 per game in the strike-shortened 1994 season. That's an increase of 1,512 over the average from last season, when the Royals posted their first winning record in a decade and chased a playoff spot until the final week.
The average per-game attendance in all of major-league baseball was 30,450 through Tuesday, down from 30,684 in 2013.
All those fans not attending the game are still tuning in at record numbers.
Last night's #Royals game on FSKC was the highest rated of the season at 10.9.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@jflanagankc) August 28, 2014
Aaron Crow understands his demotion is just temporary, and he'll work on his mechanics while he's away.
Salvador Perez reveals why he smells so fresh behind the plate.
Former Royal Jose Offerman is ordered to pay $940,000 in damages in a civil suit stemming from his on-field attack in an independent league baseball game.
Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs disseects David Price's disaster on Wednesday night.
Here's your UEFA Champions League groups. In a small way, Sporting Kansas City has won the UEFA Champions League.
Reports are the NHL is passing over Kansas City to expand to Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec City, and Toronto, and Fivethirtyeight argues it doesn't make sense to expand to some of those markets.
A thorough and painfully scientific review of Taco Bell's dollar menu. But what can you get for $11?
Filmmaker David Lynch did the Ice Bucket Challenge as only David Lynch can.
Your song of the day is Spacehog with "In the Meantime."