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Royals Rumblings - News for July 26, 2017


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Royals Rumblings - News for July 26, 2017

The Royals try to explain their streakiness.

Their nine-game losing streak from April 20-30 this season is tied for the fourth-longest in the league over the last two seasons. Their nine-game winning streak from Aug. 14 to Aug. 23 of last year is the fifth-longest in the same time frame. The Royals are the only team to appear in the top five in winning streaks and losing streaks.

“I just think that’s how baseball is though, man,” Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas said last month. “Just so hot and cold.”

Salvador Perez left the game last night with some rib tightness.

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City loves this new power surge from the Royals.

When it comes to the home run, the Royals are actually a balanced team. Sure, it seems like the majority of their runs are coming via the dinger, but they’re not. At least in the perspective of the baseball universe. At Baseball Prospectus, we have a metric called Guillen Number. It’s a cute name for a stat that measures the percentage of runs scored by a team that come via the homer. (Guillen Number because the mid-aught White Sox basically lived on the home run.) At this point in the season, the Royals have plated almost 43 percent of their runs thanks to long balls. Among major league teams, they rank 15th.

The Royals aren’t necessarily done making moves.

Alex Duvall at Kings of Kauffman thinks Whit Merrifield has been a super utility player.

Nick Pratto, their top pick in the 2017 draft, tops the list of Royals prospects at MLB Pipeline.

The Yankees and A’s are talking about a Yonder Alonso/Sonny Gray deal.

The Brewers are talking with the Tigers about Ian Kinsler.

The Dodgers won’t make a panic trade.

Is Pittsburgh’s second-half surge for real?

Some GMs like to deal with each other, but some don’t, writes Buster Olney.

Pitchers are slowly adapting to the home run spike.

The man who brought sabermetrics to Japanese baseball.

Sporting Kansas City trades Dom Dwyer to Orlando City.

A study finds 99% of NFL player brains had CTE.

Adobe will kill Flash within three years.

Facebook TV will debut by mid-August.

Matt Groening will bring a new animated series to Netflix.

Your song of the day is Shaboozey with Winning Streak.