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Royals Rumblings - News for April 10, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 10, 2018

Rustin Dodd writes that the analytics department is having a bigger role in decision-making.

Grifol, in his fifth season as catching coach and first in a new quality-control role, spends his afternoons searching for data that validates decisions and performance evaluation. He seeks to marry an interest in stats with a background rooted in baseball. When catcher Salvador Pérez graded poorly in pitch framing metrics, Grifol analyzed the formula and searched for answers. In the winter, he listened to a presentation from the team’s sports science coordinator and recommended later spring workouts to tap into the value of sleep. In another moment, he dived into the studies on shifting and confirmed value in the practice.

“I love combining the old-fashioned gut feel and looking at the large sample numbers to see how they match,” Grifol says.

Salvador Perez may not be too far away from returning.

Perez was initially given a four-to-six-week timeline with the knee injury, which has kept him on the disabled list.

Yost said Monday, “I think it’s going to be closer to the four than it is the six, but we’ll evaluate it every day (and) see where we’re at.”

Alex Gordon may be out a few days.

Tyler Dierking at Kings of Kauffman is putting Brandon Maurer on notice.

I fully understand the fact that the likelihood of Maurer continuing to post an ERA over 20 is very small. I also understand that he has pitched in just three games this year. However, the fact that he has nearly 30 games in Royal blue and has an ERA over 9.00 during that time should be concerning.

Greg Holland joins the Cardinals but his debut was not good at all.

Rougned Odor still hates the Blue Jays.

Max Scherzer stole a base?

Jose Bautista’s career may be over, so let’s take a look back at his amazing transformation.

Jim Caple looks at the life of the MLB scorekeeper.

The Marlins are extremely litigious.

Mark McGwire insists he could have hit 70 home runs without PEDs.

The physics of the home run boom.

Can you match these terrible scouting reports to the quarterbacks they are talking about?

Women stole the show at Wrestlemania 34.

The Simpsons are criticized for their response to the Apu controversy.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg insists he is not resigning.

Let’s break down all the clues from the trailer for Solo.

Your song of the day is The Pixies with Monkey Gone to Heaven.