Royals Rumblings - News for May 2, 2016
Lee Judge calls for perspective during a dry spell.
But the Royals were never going to win 80 percent of their games. Remember – you’re never as good as you think you are. And now that the Royals have lost five in a row and seemingly haven’t scored since the Truman administration, some fans are in despair. But remember – you’re never as bad as you think you are. The truth is somewhere in between. So when fans start to panic (I had one email in which a guy called the Royals "disgusting," and another fan tweeted that he wasn’t going to continue watching this "crap"), try not to join in. Baseball players need to keep an even keel, and so do baseball fans.
Do not let the highs get too high; do not let the lows get too low. Because you’re never as good as you think you are, and you’re never as bad as you think you are.
The Royals are still confident, despite the slump.
There's no such thing as panic or even lingering concern when it comes to a club that has been to the last two World Series and won the whole thing last October.
"I've gone through this 100 times," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "You just keep fighting to get out of it. Our energy's good, the guys are fighting in the dugout, they're engaged. We've been through it. You just fight through it."
Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City makes the case for dropping Alcides Escobar in the lineup.
The inanity of batting Escobar leadoff affects other hitters, too. With Yost’s automatic lineup in place, the three most common batters ahead of Moustakas this year has been Omar Infante, a combination of Paulo Orlando, Reymond Fuentes and now Jarrod Dyson, and Escobar. In 79 plate appearances this year, Moustakas has come to the plate with a total of 38 runners on base. Of those base runners, 19 have been in scoring position. That’s simply not good enough. The average MLB player with the same number of plate appearances as Moustakas has come to bat with 46 runners on base.
Moustakas, despite crushing the baseball, has cashed in a total of 11 RBI. Of his seven home runs, only one has come with a runner on base. One. That seems like a low statistical probability for a player hitting anywhere in a batting order to hit seven home runs, but drive in just eight with those bombs. Moustakas has brought home Escobar twice and has scored Drew Butera and Infante once each.
Wade Davis hasn't been getting into games, but Ned Yost thinks the rest will do him good.
"I think Wade appreciates the rest," Eiland said. "Because there's going to be times when he's pitching five days a week, so it's just one of those things. The way we come back in games a lot, it's hard to give him an inning on the road, like the eighth inning, because we might score two or three and tie the thing up and then what are we going to do? "But Wade's really good. He knows how to monitor himself. He'll get some work in before the game off the mound, so a little bit of extra rest benefits him a little bit."
Luke Hochevar was unavailable yesterday due to elbow tightness.
Ned Yost on Hochevar's elbow tightness: "It's more precaution than anything else. We want to make sure we don't do anything rash."— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 1, 2016
Byron Parman at Kings of Kauffman thinks the Royals need to use the running game to kickstart the offense.
A look at the winding path of former Royals prospect Sean Manaea, who made his debut for Oakland on Friday.
Albert Pujols is called out after replay showed he took his foot off the bag for a split second.
Opponents have begun to use Yankee Stadium against the Yankees.
The Braves are trying to take on bad contracts if they come with draft picks.
This oral history of the Doug Mirabelli trade in Boston shows the logistics of a deal getting done.
The Carolina League may be taking two franchises from the California League.
The Chiefs drafted a wide receiver who once strangled his pregnant girlfriend.
Why the Lakers needed to hire Luke Walton.
Producers reveal the key tenants of the new Star Trek television show.
Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon re-create the Styx video for "Too Much Time on my Hands."
Your song of the day is The Kinks with "King Kong."