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Royals Rumblings - News for September 15, 2020

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Royals Rumblings - News for September 15, 2020

Alec Lewis looks at the winning streak for the Royals.

“I never lost that hope,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday. “I never doubted this club. I’ve always said I don’t think the rest of the baseball world understands how good of a group we have. That’d be great to get that acknowledgment, but I want these guys to see and believe what I see and believe about them.”

A small sample, sure, but that’s all we’ve got in 2020. And it appears the Royals are starting to see what they can accomplish. The six-game winning streak marks their first streak of that length since 2018. Throughout the six games, they’ve trailed in only seven of the 54 innings.

Jeffrey Flanagan contributes to a list of goals for each MLB team the rest of the season.

The rest of the 2020 season for the Royals will be all about finding what pieces fit into their nucleus going forward — and most of that process revolves around the rotation. Kansas City now has three rookies in its rotation – right-handers Brady Singer (No. 3 Royals prospect per MLB Pipeline) and Carlos Hernández (No. 12), and left-hander Kris Bubic (No. 7). Singer already showed what he is capable of, throwing 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against the Indians Thursday night. The Royals also want to take a long look at rookie center fielder Edward Olivares (No. 22), who was obtained from the Padres in the Trevor Rosenthal deal. Olivares had hits in his first seven games with the Royals, including two home runs. Two other rookies, right-handers Tyler Zuber and Josh Staumont, have excelled in the bullpen.

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom thinks the future rotation is starting to come together.

Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated debunks some myths about the playoffs.

Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson discusses his false positive test and false rumors of him breaking protocols.

Steve Cohen finalizes his purchase of the Mets.

How Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock faced his daughter’s premature birth during a pandemic.

A look at some playoff droughts that could end this year.

MLB will ban alcohol in post-season celebrations.

JJ Cooper at Baseball America writes about how baseball could revamp the baseball operations contract structure.

Dorktown looks at Hall of Famer Don Drysdale’s most outrageous accomplishment - with the bat.

The NFL kinda works with no fans.

DraftKings stock surges after announcing a deal with ESPN.

A stinky gas in the clouds of Venus could indicate signs of life.

Fargo is back, and it it set in Kansas City this season.

Taco Bell is selling its own custom wine.

Your song of the day is Boston with Don’t Look Back.