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Royals Rumblings - News for October 17, 2021

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 17, 2021

At Inside the Crown, David Lesky takes a look at how the Royals hitters fared in different parts of the strike zone.

So you can see that the Royals hit for average reasonably fine against those pitches right down the middle. But the power just wasn’t near enough. They obviously lagged behind the best of the best, which is not surprising, but they were second to last in home runs, only better than Pittsburgh. They were also tied with the Marlins for the lowest ISO, had the fifth lowest SLG and the sixth lowest xSLG.

Right here is a big issue with the Royals offense. They did damage in this spot because everyone does damage, but it wasn’t enough. Now, the ugly part. Let’s take Salvy out because I think it’s at least marginally interesting to see how bad the rest were. As a team, they hit:...

Woof.

Jordan Foote at Inside the Royals wants to know which is the real Kyle Isbel.

Should Isbel be given the chance to prove that he can hold down a full-time role at the MLB level? Yes. He’s hit well enough, has a professional approach and his speed is a solid tool. Will he get that shot? With so many moving parts and the Royals already having botched the Olivares experiment, it would be a major surprise. There’s no elite trait that forces the team’s hand. Isbel is just very solid at many things, which may remind some people of current left fielder Andrew Benintendi. If the team knew that was Isbel’s future outcome, would he be the starter in right next year? Sure.

They don’t know that, though. Isbel’s 2021 was a tale of two seasons and while he looked much more comfortable from July onward, it remains to be seen whether he can sustain that level of production.

There’s a new Royals player at Fantasy Camp.

Ryan Boyer at Yahoo Sports has a team round up for the Royals.

Pete Grathoff writes that the streaming-only option for Bally Sports Kansas City may have hit a snag.

Joel Penfield and Alex Duvall discuss the Arizona Fall League and the off-season at the Royals Farm Report podcast.

The Royals cut some minor leaguers.

Houston outlasts Boston in a battle of the bullpens in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

Red Sox outfielder Kiké Hernández is drawing praise from opposing manager Dusty Baker for his play.

The Astros left pitcher Lance McCullers off their ALCS roster.

What would a championship mean to each of the four remaining teams?

Why check swing calls are not reviewable on replay.

A look at David Robertson’s journey this year from an amateur team to pitching in the Olympics to pitching in the post-season with the Rays.

The Rays have a bright future, but it could be brighter.

MLB Trade Rumors writes about the free agent class of corner outfielders.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says they’ll be active in free agency.

Can baseball do more to add diversity to coaching and management staffs?

The SB Nation 2021-22 NBA season preview.

The investigation into the Washington Football Team is digging up more and more dirt.

The U.S. Treasury says there may be more ransomware payouts this year than in the past decade.

Linkedin pulls out of China.

The best 200 albums of the last 25 years, according to Pitchfork readers.

Your song of the day is Dave Brubeck with Blue Rondo à la Turk.