Royals Rumblings - News for November 1, 2016
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City is irked that people seem to have forgotten how dominant the Royals bullpen was last year.
So in all, the Royals bullpen is 15-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 127 innings the last two years. They’ve struck out 159 and walked 42. They have a collective WHIP of 1.12. They have six separate instances of a pitcher throwing at least 10 innings in the postseason. In all those instances, the ERA for that pitcher was below 2.00. In five of the six instances, the ERA was below 1.00. In two of the six instances, the ERA was 0.00.
What the Indians are doing is actually really fun to watch, and they’ve been flat out nasty and dominant. Terry Francona has masterfully managed his bullpen to give the Indians an edge Royals fans have grown accustomed to. It’s a fun ride, Indians fans. Enjoy it. But don’t sleep on the Royals of the last two years because the bullpen that took the last two Octobers by storm was pretty darn dominant too.
Rustin Dodd profiles former Royals pitcher and local grad Tommy Hottovy, now working in the Cubs front office.
The story, Hottovy says, began three seasons ago. In April 2014, he elected to walk away from baseball after blowing out his shoulder during spring training with the Cubs. By that point, Hottovy says, he had already been discussing a possible role in the Cubs organization. In his mind, he thought he could help bridge the gap between the analytics department and the coaching staff and players, helping translate findings and implement ideas where the numbers led.
“There are guys that just don’t speak both languages,” Hottovy said. “That can understand what the baseball mind sees in something, but can also talk about exit velocities and spin rates and hard-contact rate. All these things that the analytics departments push, they often times get lost in translation.”
Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Star team.
Eric Longenhagen at Fangraphs is impressed by O’Hearn.
From FanGraphs prospect chat this afternoon. I've been trying to get everyone on the Ryan O'Hearn train for years. pic.twitter.com/ui4fmbflak— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) October 31, 2016
Whit Merrifield’s brother Hite has received an offer to play baseball at South Carolina, where Whit played.
World Series Game Five got much better ratings than Sunday Night Football.
Zack Britton and Kanley Jansen were named the top relievers in each league.
Here are your 2016 Fielding Bible Awards.
The Rangers are open to trading Derek Holland.
MLB retaliates with surprise drug tests to protesting Dominican players.
Tim Tebow got hurt in an Arizona Fall League game.
Is technology like replay and the K-Zone causing problems for baseball?
What is the legacy of Jose Fernandez?
Stop trying to internationalize the game, NFL.
The best Halloween costumes from the sports world.
AT&T and DirecTV will offer smaller, streaming packages of television channels.
The show Stranger Things has released some additional archival news footage to explain things like what happened to Barb?
Your song of the day is Phish with Sample in a Jar.