Royals Rumblings - News for May 6, 2016
Sam Mellinger gives some perspective to the recent slump by the Royals.
"The effort and concentration are there," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We just have to execute better."...
All of which is a long introduction to the latest and perhaps most overlooked difference between the Royals’ new normal of success and their old normal of failure: All of this hand-wringing, and they are a game over .500. The Royals are underperforming up and down the roster. Hosmer and Mike Moustakas are, basically, the only guys hitting.
The regular starting lineup includes five players with on-base-percentages under .300. That number becomes six when Paulo Orlando starts for Jarrod Dyson in right field. Two of the five starting pitchers have been bad. Joakim Soria had a rough first month. All of that is true, and so is this: the Royals have still won more games than they’ve lost.
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City thinks that Eric Hosmer is finally a superstar.
One thing that is both encouraging and troubling is that he’s hitting a ton of ground balls. I’m not sure if you know this, but it’s hard to get a lot of extra base hits by hitting the ball on the ground. He currently has a 61% ground ball rate, which would be a career high by far. He entered play on Wednesday with the fifth highest ground ball rate in baseball.
So you might ask why I’m encouraged by that. I’m glad you did. That’s what’s been so amazing about this early season run of success for Hosmer. By the eye test, he doesn’t seem to be hitting all that differently than he has during his cold stretches. He’s not hitting the ball especially hard and he’s actually making more soft contact than at any other point in his career. And yet, here we are. So my point is, Homer hasn’t even really gotten going and he’s hitting like this.
More minor league promotions for the Royals:
#Royals have promoted RHP Christopher Newberry to Class A Wilmington, and released LHP— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) May 5, 2016
The Star profiles two local prep pitchers who are expected to be first-round picks in next month's draft - Riley Pint and Joey Wentz.
Kansas City Star writers Sam Mellinger, Rustin Dodd, and Vahe Gregorian hash out the Royals problems on their podcast.
Lee Judge explains why Eric Hosmer was ejected from Wednesday's game.
Alex Gordon talks about his relationship with his mother.
Royals blogger Sarah Davis is raising money for a cancer victim. Help out!
Billy Butler is befuddled by his platoon role in Oakland.
The Phillies will spend $1 million on healthy meals for their minor leaguers.
A preview of the top international prospects for the signing period beginning in July.
A look back at all the players that have been labeled "The Natural."
Hardball Times reviews "Split Season: 1981"on the season halted by a player's strike.
Female sportswriters have a roundtable discussion about online harassment.
Wichita State may bring back football and join the Mountain West Conference.
The Phoenix Coyotes have hired a 26-year old General Manager.
Kansas City's streetcar debuts today.
Nestlé wants to sell you sugary food and diabetes pills!
Your song of the day is The Breeders with "Cannonball."