10-16-14: For the first time in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals are heading to the World Series. The team hasn’t clinched a Fall Classic berth since 1985, where they would go on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. Their journey to Major League Baseball’s biggest stage has come with relative ease after leading two series sweeps over the Angels in the ALDS and Orioles in the ALCS. Along with carrying their brooms this far into the postseason, the Royals will also see huge ticket prices on the secondary market at Kauffman Stadium. They gear up to host Games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7 of the World Series at home against either the Cardinals or Giants, who own a commanding 3-1 series lead over St. Louis entering Game 5 today at AT&T Park.
10-14-14: The Kansas City Royals have quickly become the Cinderella team this postseason as the team came from behind and beat the Oakland Athletics in extra innings of the one game Wild Card playoff series to advance to the ALDS against the first seed Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels were expecting to run all over Kansas City but the Royals won a pair of come from behind 11 inning contests to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over Anaheim before James Shields and the Royals offense broke out against the Angels CJ Wilson to complete the sweep and knocked out the best team from the AL in 2014. Kansas City had almost a full week off before heading to Baltimore to take on the American League East winning Orioles in Camden Yards.
In Game One both teams were well rested and ready for the ALCS to begin as Baltimore started their ace Chris Tillman against the Royals ace James Shields. Both starting pitchers may have been a little rusty with all the extra rest and neither pitcher finished with a pretty pitching line. Tillman only lasted 4.1 innings and gave up five earned runs while Shields was also on a short leash lasting only 5.0 innings and allowing four runs. Kansas City had the lead in the ball game 5-4 when they took Shields out of the contest and handed the ball to their reliable and shutdown bullpen but rookie Brandon Finnegan allowed two hits and a run without recording an out to blow the lead for the Royals. The Royals manager Ned Yost handed the ball to Kelvin Herrera to get out of the inning and also to pitch the 7th inning while Baltimore countered with Kevin Gausman, Tommy Hunter, Andrew Miller, and Zach Britton. Wade Davis pitched the 8th inning and the 9th inning for the Royals while Darren O’Day took the ball to finish the 9th for the Orioles as the game headed into extra innings. In the top of the 10th Kansas City scored three runs off O’Day and Brian Matusz including a Mike Moustakas home run to give the Royals a three run lead heading into the bottom of the 10th. The Royals closer came in to pitch the bottom of the 10th and allowed a run to make things interesting at 8-6 Kansas City but shut the Orioles offense down for the save and a victory for the Royals. Kansas City leads the ALCS 1-0 as the Cinderella story continues.
In Game Two Kansas City sent rookie fire baller Yordano Ventura to the mound to face off with the Orioles starter Bud Norris as Baltimore looked to even the series. It looked as though the rust and days off affected these two starting pitchers as well as Norris only lasted 4.1 innings while allowing four earned runs while Ventura lasted 5.2 innings allowing four runs of his own. The Royals handed the ball to the bullpen once again and Brandon Finnegan, Kelvin Herrera, and Wade Davis shut down the Orioles offense while Brad Brach, Andrew Miller, and Darren O’Day shut down the Royals offense as the game headed into the 9th inning tied at 4-4. Kansas City decided they would win a game in nine innings this time around as Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain helped the Royals score two more runs in the ninth inning setting up Greg Holland for the bottom of the ninth for the second straight night. Holland allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout in a somewhat easy inning as the Royals won the game by the score of 6-4 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the ALCS as the series shifts to Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.
10-7-14: The Kansas City Royals won the first Wild Card spot in the American League and hosted a one game Wild Card playoff game against the Oakland Athletics. The Royals sent their ace “Big Game” James Shields to the mound to pitch in one of his first big games with the team since being traded to Kansas City as he faced off with the Athletics ace Jon Lester. There was not a single Royals ticket not sold for this game as the fans filed into Kauffman Stadium for what was scheduled to be a pitcher’s duel. Each team jumped out early scoring in the first inning before the starting pitching settled in and slowed down the offenses. Kansas City’s hopes and dreams looked to be going down the toilet in the 6th inning of this game as the Oakland Athletics put up five runs in the 6th including a three run home run by Brandon Moss, his second of the game, but the Royals refused to quit. Kansas City answered with three of their own in the bottom of the 8th inning and one more in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings. These two teams traded zeroes until the 12th inning when Oakland put another run across the board to take an 8-7 lead but the Royals responded in the bottom of the 12th inning when Salvador Perez, the Royals catcher, came up to the plate. Perez hit a single down the third base line to score Eric Hosmer and give the Royals a 9-8 victory.
Kansas City advanced to the American League Division series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim where Jered Weaver and the hosting Halos hosted the Royals Jason Vargas. Kansas City must have been riding high off their big victory over Oakland because Kansas City shocked many when they came out of the gates quick against the Angels. Vargas lasted 6.0 IP and allowed two runs before handing the ball over to the reliable Royals bullpen for five shutout innings of relief. Weaver of the Angels went 7.0 IP and allowed two runs of his own before handing the ball to his own bullpen for three innings of shutout relief. Anaheim’s Fernando Salas came in for the Top of the 11th inning and subsequently allowed a Mike Moustakas home run that ended up being the game winner. Kansas City needed extra innings in Game One once again but ultimately won the game by the score of 3-2 with closer Greg Holland getting the save.
In Game Two the Kansas City Royals went to their third consecutive extra inning postseason game and won their third consecutive extra inning postseason game by the score of 4-1 over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 11 innings. Matt Shoemaker made the start for the Angels and faced off with Yordano Ventura making his first postseason start for the Royals. If Ventura was unnerved by the playoff atmosphere it did not show as the fire baller went 7.0 innings allowing just five hits and one run while striking out five Angels. Shoemaker matched Ventura with 6.0 innings of his own allowing just one unearned run while striking out six Royals in the contest before the game was handed over to the bullpens. Kansas City’s often reliable bullpen consisting of Wade Davis, Justin Frasor, Brandon Finnegan, and Greg Holland combined for four shutout innings of relief allowing just two base runners on a walk and a hit. The Angels bullpen of Jason Grilli, Joe Smith, and Huston Street matched Kansas City with four shutout innings of their own before Kevin Jepsen entered the game in the top of the 11th. Jepsen allowed two hits, three runs, two earned runs, and a home run to Eric Hosmer that handed Kansas City a 2-0 series lead in the best of five series.
In Game Three Kansas City sent their ace in James Shields to the mound looking to close out the series and sweep the best record holding Angels while Los Angeles countered with CJ Wilson looking to send the series at least to a Game 4. Kansas City’s offense wanted no part of a Game 4 situation and looked to put the Angels away early putting up three early runs in the first inning. Shields looked rocky early after giving up a home run to Mike Trout in the first inning and another to Albert Pujols but settled down and ended up with a pitching line of 6.0 IP with two earned runs allowed on six hits with six strikeouts. Wilson did not favor as well as Shields only lasting 0.2 of an inning allowing the three runs and handing the ball off to the Angels bullpen. Anaheim’s bullpen did not favor much better in the contest as Hector Santiago and Mike Morin each allowed two earned runs each in the contest including a pair of home runs to Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas to ultimately put the game out of reach. Kansas City’s bullpen has been dominant all postseason long and on this day combined for three innings of one run ball as the Royals blew out the Angels by the score of 8-3. Kansas City swept the best of five game series with Anaheim and will head to Baltimore next week to take on the American League East winning Baltimore Orioles while Trout, Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and the Angels head home for another long winter.
10-1-14: Before the season, the Royals were a popular pick to get into the playoffs. In the end, manager Ned Yost's team proved all of people right, as his squad snagged the No. 1 wild card spot in the AL. The Royals beat the A’s 9-8 in 12 innings in dramatic fashion Tuesday night in the AL wildcard game. They rallied from 7-3 down in the 8th inning to tie the game then surrendered a run in the top half of the 12th inning to give Oakland an 8-7 lead. Once again, the Royals would rally in the bottom half of the 12th and give Kansas City’s baseball fans their first postseason win since 1985. The Royals will play the Angels in the ALDS.
9-30-14: The Kansas City Royals learned this week that the outfielder they recently acquired Josh Willingham will retire at the end of the season at age 35. Willingham has been slowed by a groin injury and a wrist injury this season and has seen his production and power zapped out of his bat this season. Willingham played 11 seasons in his career and finished with 195 home runs in his career with a low .200 career average. Willingham ended up denying the allegations when they first came down as we deal with conflicting reports out of Kansas City. While Willingham is on his way out of the Royals clubhouse Brandon Finnegan has stepped right in like a veteran and has filled a key spot in the Kansas City bullpen. Finnegan was drafted in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft and has been in the Royals bullpen for the entire month of September. Finnegan will get an extended look in Spring Training 2015 and could replace James Shields in the Kansas City starting rotation. Kansas City took Detroit all the way to the final game of the season and almost forced a AL Central tie breaking game but had to ultimately settle for one of the two Wild Card slots in the American League. Kansas City finished the 2014 season with a 89-73 record and will host the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card Playoff Game this week.
9-25-14: Considering the Tigers have dominated KC head-to-head this season, avoiding a sweep with a win this past Sunday was big for the Royals. That leaves the Royals one game back in the AL Central standings, and are tied with Oakland for the top AL wild-card spot. It's a fun time to be a Royals fan as they look to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1985. After one more game against Cleveland, they finish with a four-game series on the road against the White Sox.
9-23-14: The Kansas City Royals just a few weeks back had a comfortable lead over the Detroit Tigers for the American League Central division championship and this week may be looking in from the outside of the playoffs if the team does not start to play better. The team’s offense is struggling but they continue to get big starts from their rotation including Yordano Ventura and James Shields. Speaking of Shields the team has all but announced that they will offer a qualifying offer to Shields after the season in hopes of getting draft pick compensation for their ace if he decides to leave via free agency. Is Shields were to accept he would get a one year deal with Kansas City worth around $15 million. The Royals continue to fall and find themselves now two games behind the Detroit Tigers with an 84-71 record. If the season ended today the Royals would be the winner of the second Wild Card spot and would travel to Oakland to take on the Athletics in the Wild Card game.
9-18-14: The Royals have come back down to earth a bit after a pair of series losses last week. Rather than leading the division, they are now 1.5 games back of the Tigers in the AL Central and are clinging to a one game lead over the Mariners for the second AL wild-card slot. Kansas City has split two games with the White Sox this week and finish off the week with a big three-game series against the Tigers at home that could either teams fate.
9-16-14: The Kansas City Royals placed right hander Blake Wood on waivers this week after designating the pitcher for assignment last week. Joining him on outright waivers this week is former top prospect and right handed starting pitcher Chris Dwyer. Dwyer has struggled as a relief pitcher in Triple-A while Wood has struggled to come back from Tommy John surgery which led to both players being designated for assignment. Both players quickly cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A. Neither player could elect free agency and were forced to accept their assignments to stay with the team. The Royals have lost their grip on first place in the division and are 1.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central. The Royals in one week’s time went from a comfortable lead in the division to leading the second wild card spot by a mere game over the Seattle Mariners. This is a young Royals team that will truly be tested in these final two weeks of the season.
9-12-14: The Royals took care of business with series wins against the Rangers and New Yankees last week. This week has been a different story as they have dropped two straight to the Tigers have seen their two-game lead in the AL Central standings evaporate. The pitching staff remains the strength of this team. They will need to offense to step up if Kansas City wants to make the postseason for the first time since winning it all in 1985.
9-9-14: The Kansas City Royals current roster has never been in first place this late in the season but they are heading into the last three weeks of the 2014 season. Kansas City currently has a 79-62 record and leads the second place Detroit Tigers by a mere two games heading into a big head to head series starting Monday. One member of the Royals that is unlikely to be there for the stretch run is Danny Duffy who was removed from his start this weekend against the New York Yankees with shoulder soreness after just one pitch. Duffy will be tough to replace if he is out for any stretch of time as he has posted a 2.42 ERA this season while throwing over 141 innings for a young Royals team. Another member that will not be there for the stretch run for a totally different set of reasons is starting pitcher Bruce Chen who was released from the team this week. Chen was sporting a 7.45 ERA for the 2014 season and the left hander was finishing out his one year deal worth $3.25 million before being designated.
9-4-14: The Royals ended a fantastic August on a sour note, as they carried a three-game losing streak
into September. That being said, they have beaten Texas two straight games and still hold a
half-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central standings. The Royals are a team built for
postseason success, as they have a legitimate ace in James Shields and proven veterans behind
him. They have the best bullpen trio in baseball in Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg
Holland. If they can get in, they will be a force.
9-2-14: The Kansas City Royals have claimed utility infielder Jayson Nix this week from the Pittsburgh Pirates after the Pirates designated the 31 year old for assignment. Kansas City will be his fourth club he has latched on with this season and is likely to be called up when rosters expand in September. One player that is unlikely to be with the team in September is pitcher Bruce Chen after the team designated him for assignment this week. Chen has had seven starts and has made seven relief appearances for the Royals this season and has posted an ugly 7.45 ERA. Chen signed a one year deal worth $4.25 million this offseason with an options for next season worth $5.5 million. Kansas City still sits in first place by just .5 game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central division with a 74-62 record.
8-27-14: The Royals just keep on winning. They are now 25-12 in the second half after winning a weekend series against the Rangers and beating the Twins on Tuesday. That's enough to give them a slim 1.5 game lead in the AL Central with six games left against the Tigers. The Josh Willingham pickup could go down as one of the best waiver deals of all time. Willingham has six extra-base hits and eight runs scored in 13 games since joining the Royals.
8-26-14: The Kansas City Royals are still in first place in the AL Central division as we head into the final week of August. Kansas City has a 72-57 record and lead the Detroit Tigers by two games in the division. If the season ended today Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles would face off in the ALDS in a five game series, a series not many predicted before the season started. The Royals have a young team and are looking to compete beyond just the 2014 season and learned this week that they will have third baseman Alex Gordon at least through the 2016 season. Gordon is in the middle of a four year contract worth $37.5 million and has a $13.25 million player option for the 2016 season that he intends to exercise. It is a bit early for Gordon to be thinking of the 2016 season but as a 32 year old it will be hard for him to leave that much money on the table unless he is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball in 2015.
8-20-14: No one can ignore what the Royals have done over the past month. There are the tall of the baseball world as they have an MLB-best 15-3 record in the month August and are 22-5 overall in their last 27 games played. Josh Willingham has given KC a nice offensive bat since being picked up off waivers. The starting rotation has been lights out and there is what makes the Royals a scary team down the stretch. They have a two game lead over Detroit and tt would be such a great story if the Royals made the playoffs this season.
8-19-14: The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Josh Willingham last week from the Minnesota Twins and this week had to designate Wilking Rodriguez for assignment to make room for the right hander. Rodriguez has since been placed on release waivers and was removed off the 40 man roster. Willingham has helped the Royals take over first place in the American League Central at the midway point in August, something no baseball insider or fan could have predicted. Kansas City has a 68-55 record and leads the pitching stacked Detroit Tigers by 1.5 games in the division heading into the stretch run of the season. Kansas City may be forced to keep Billy Butler for the 2015 season and pick up his steep $12.5 million option if the team makes a deep playoff run in 2014.
8-13-14: The Royals are now 16-4 in their last 20 games, and have overtaken the Tigers in the AL Central. Their lead is narrow at just a 0.5 game, but wouldn’t it be something if the Royals made the playoffs for the first time since winning it all in 1985? They have split two games with the A’s this week and finish up the week with the struggling Giants. Right now, Kansas City is MLB’s best story.
8-12-14: The Kansas City Royals have been searching for a right handed power hitting outfielder all season long as the team continues to battle for a Wild Card spot and they may have found their man in Josh Willingham. The Twins traded Willingham to Kansas City for right hander Jason Adam. Willingham was claimed off revocable waivers by Kansas City and is owed $1.836 million for the remainder of this season. Willingham will be a free agent after this season and is in his age 35 season. While Willingham has struggled this season only batting .210/.345/.402 he does have 12 home runs and is an upgrade over the production the team is currently getting. Willingham was never considered to be a strong defensive outfielder in his career and is likely to be hidden in the designated hitter spot when he is not splitting time in the outfield with Raul Ibanez.
8-6-14: The Kansas Royals had given Danny Duffy almost no run support over his previous four starts and little or none all season. Well, that changed Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. The Royals scored ten runs on three swings of the bat. Billy Butler had a three-run homer among his four hits, Nori Aoki hit a grand slam and the Royals bashed the Diamondbacks 12-2 on Tuesday night. KC had 10 of its 15 hits by the fifth inning. The Royals are just 4.5 games back of Detroit in the AL Central and a 0.5 game back in the wildcard.
8-5-14: The Kansas City Royals received some terrible news regarding their first baseman Eric Hosmer this week that may make or break their 2014 season. Hosmer may miss the remainder of the 2014 season with a stress fracture in his right hand. The good news on Hosmer is he is expected to avoid surgery but the bad news is the rehab program is still anywhere from six to eight weeks of rest and rehab before getting back on the field. The Royals may now look to add a first baseman during the waiver trade period in August after failing to make any moves in July. The Royals were said to be unwilling to trade away their young players and unwilling to add much payroll which kept them from making a lot of deals.
7-30-14: The Kansas City Royals traded Danny Valencia this week to the Toronto Blue Jays for right handed starting pitcher Liam Hendricks and catcher Erik Kratz. Hendricks was once considered to be a Top 10 prospect inside the Minnesota Twins organization and at 25 years old seems primed to finally put it all together. Hendricks struggled in the major leagues for Toronto this season posting a 6.06 ERA in over 13 innings this season. Kansas City also spoke with the San Diego Padres this week about the availability of outfielder Chris Denorfia although the Royals should have plenty of competition for the righty. The Giants, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Braves also seem to be in on the Denorfia sweepstakes.
7-28-14: Although the Boston Red Sox swept the Royals right after the All-Star break, Kansas City has been playing fantastic baseball recently. The Royals won their fourth consecutive game on Friday behind a Billy Butler pinch-hit home run. Unfortunately, Eric Hosmer’s career-best 16-game hit streak ended as he exited Wednesday’s game with a hand injury.
7-24-14: Mike Moustakas hit two home runs Tuesday to help the Kansas City Royals snap a four-game losing streak with a 7-1 rout of the Chicago White Sox. Moustakas, who now has 12 home runs this season, went 3 for 5 with three RBI in the game. Kansas City entered the game with a major league-worst 55 home runs and had managed a total of six runs during their losing streak. The Royals are seven games back of AL Central leading Detroit.
7-21-14: The Kansas City Royals sent scouts recently to watch the San Diego Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy throw as they try and work out a trade with the Padres. The Royals may ultimately decide to sell at this year’s trading deadline rather than buy and trade away talent like James Shields. The Royals believe that they can get a top prospect for Shields and re-sign him in the winter. Kansas City is currently sitting at 48-49 and seven games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central division and behind many teams in the second wild card race. It is unknown whether Shields would be willing to come back to Kansas City as a free agent after the season but the Royals may be forced to cut their losses and get what they can for the right hander.
7-19-14: Alex Gordon returned to the lineup on Friday and went 2-for-4, but Kansas City could not hold onto its lead at Fenway Park. The Royals led by three runs, but gave up two Red Sox home runs in the sixth inning that led to Boston’s 5-4 victory. Earlier in the week, the Royals, who remain above .500, strengthened their bullpen by acquiring Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers.
7-17-14: The Royals finally broke through with a winning record last season, and now they're looking to reach the postseason for the first time since they won it all back in 1985. A 10-game winning streak in June helped propel them back into the playoff picture, and they entered the break 6 ½ games back in the AL Central and 2 ½ out for the second AL wild-card spot. The Royals have managed an MLB-low 55 home runs so far this season, so adding some pop to their lineup could be their biggest priority at the deadline.
7-15-14: The Kansas City Royals have snatched up struggling veteran left hander Joe Saunders from the Texas Rangers after his former team designated him for assignment. The Royals gave Saunders a minor league deal and immediately sent him to Triple-A Omaha. Saunders had a 6.13 ERA in Texas with 22 strikeouts and 20 walks this season before the DFA. The Royals have added minor league pitching depth and now will look to improve upon their bullpen even though they have the third best bullpen in the American League at the break behind Wade Davis and Greg Holland. Kansas City is worried about Scott Downs, Louis Coleman, and whether Aaron Crow and Francisley Bueno can pitch this well the rest of the season. The Royals go into the break in second place and trail the Detroit Tigers by 6.5 games and have a 48-46 record.
7-14-14: On Wednesday, All-Star catcher Salvador Perez hit a game-winning three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give the Royals a 5-4 win over the Rays in Florida. Although Kansas City dropped its first two games against the Detroit Tigers, Ned Yost’s squad remains above .500 and in second place in the American League Central.
7-10-14: Leaving runners on base will cost a baseball team. I don’t care if it’s a little league, high school, college, minor league, or MLB team. You just can’t do that. The Royals went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position. They had at least one base runner every inning, and left 11 on base total as they fell to the Rays 4-3 Tuesday night in St. Petersburg. Kansas City's Lorenzo Cain reached base five times with four hits and a walk. The Royals are 4 ½ games back of the Tigers in AL Central play.
7-7-14: On Wednesday, the Royals won the rubber game against the Minnesota Twins behind seven scoreless innings from Jason Vargas. Kansas City continued its successful road trip with a 7-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. Yordano Ventura threw 8.1 innings of one-run baseball and Mike Moustakas hit a sixth-inning home run to lead the Royals to the win.
7-3-14: In his shortest outing of the season, Royals starter James Shields allowed nine hits and five runs, four of them earned, in five innings of work as Kanas City fell to Minnesota 10-2 Tuesday night. It was Shields’ first loss since early May. In his 10 starts prior, he had five wins and five no-decisions. The right-hander has a 5.66 ERA in his past eight starts, and only twice has he allowed three or fewer runs. KC is 4 ½ games back of Detroit in the AL Central.
7-2-14: The Kansas City Royals have finally signed their first round pick, 17th pick overall, Brandon Finnegan to a full slot deal worth $2,200,600. Finnegan is undersized at 5’11” and may be the Royals future closer with his 95 MPH fastball and devastating slider. The Royals are still in second place in the American League Central division with a 42-39 record at the halfway point of the season. The Royals have slid a bit though with a 3-7 record in their last ten games at the worst possible time, a time where the first place Tigers are going 8-2 in their last 10. The Royals lost five games in the division and now trail Detroit by 3.5 games for the top spot.
6-30-14: The Royals have the longest active playoff drought in American professional sports, and the last week unfortunately did not make fans optimistic about the 2014 postseason. After putting together the franchise’s longest winning streak in 20 years, Kansas City was swept by the Seattle Mariners and lost two of three games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, the Royals hope to start a new winning streak after beating the Angels on Friday.
6-26-14: LA Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was too much for the Royals Tuesday night as Kansas City was shutout 2-0 by the southpaw. Royals starter Danny Duffy dueled with Kershaw for six innings, allowing just one run on four hits. The lefty was done in by a high pitch count and was lifted in the sixth to protect his surgically repaired shoulder. Eric Hosmer has two hits for KC. The Royals are three games back of the Tigers in the AL Central.
6-24-14: The Kansas City Royals have spent much of the 2014 season in the cellar of the American League Central division while struggling to get anything going on the offensive side. What a difference a few weeks can make as the Royals are now in second place in the division and have a record above .500 through 75 games with a 39-36 record. The Royals will have to continue to battle to catch the Detroit Tigers with Justin Maxwell and not Norichika Aoki as he has been placed on the 15 day DL with a groin injury.
6-18-14: It has been over a decade since the Kansas City Royals have been in first place this late into the season. Thanks to Alex Gordon’s and Mike Moustakas’ home runs as part of a seven-run second inning, the Royals dethroned the Detroit Tigers atop the AL Central this past Tuesday with an 11-4 victory, good for their ninth in a row. The year 2003 was the last time KC was leading their division. The Royals have not made the postseason since winning the World Series in 1985.
6-17-14: The Kansas City Royals have vaulted all the way to second place in the American League Central division with eight impressive wins in their last ten games. The Royals have also cleaned up in the MLB First Year Players Draft by signing their sixth round pick Logan Moon, third round pick Erik Skoglund, Competitive Balance A pick Chase Vallot, second round pick Scott Blewett, and first round selection Foster Griffin.
6-10-14: The Kansas City Royals ended the comeback attempt of Brett Tomko this week as they released him from his minor league deal. The 41 year old Tomko is a 14 year veteran and put up a 3.80 ERA in 47 Triple-A innings before being released. I can understand the Royals not wanting Tomko taking valuable innings away from prospects on a team that isn’t going anywhere this season. Tomko will likely latch on elsewhere on another minor league deal and restart the comeback tour. The Royals were also interested in joining the Kendrys Morales bidding war but would have to move some salary first, most notably Billy Butler’s $8.5 million. Butler also has a contract for the 2015 season worth $12.5 million in the way of a club option that could be attractive to teams that missed out on Morales. The Royals selected Brandon Finnegan with their first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday.
6-3-14: The Kansas City Royals started the week by trading utility guy Jason Donald to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations to start off their short week after Memorial Day. The Royals also dodged a bullet this week when an MRI showed no structural damage to rookie sensation Yordano Ventura’s elbow. While Ventura is not completely out of the wood yet the news could have been a lot worse for the Royals and their young fireballer right hander. The Royals did add some depth to Triple-A at the catching position when they signed former Texas Rangers top prospect Max Ramirez on a minor league deal. Ramirez is long removed from being a Top 100 prospect in baseball but still makes contact and walks a lot so maybe a change of scenery can help him.
5-28-14: The Kansas City Royals are cleaning house after slow starts from Mike Moustakas and Justin Maxwell among others. Moustakas has been optioned to Triple-A and Maxwell has been designated for assignment, cleared waivers, and accepted an assignment to Triple-A. The Royals also spent their Memorial Day trading minor league outfielder Melky Mesa and right handed pitcher P.J. Walters to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. Walters was spending his time in Triple-A for Kansas City after he was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Colby Rasmus trade in 2011. Mesa spent his entire career in the New York Yankees organization before coming to Kansas City late last season and will now be organizational depth for the Blue Jays.
5-21-14: The Kansas City Royals are turning their season around and it is on the backs of their pitching staffs. Yordano Ventura has been nothing short of amazing and filthy while Danny Duffy flirted with a perfect game recently against the Baltimore Orioles. Duffy is a great story as he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery this season and could not make the club out of Spring Training. Duffy was sent to Triple-A only to be brought back as a relief pitcher before teammate Bruce Chen’s back acted up causing Duffy to make a spot start. Duffy responded by having a perfect game going with two outs in the seventh inning before Adam Jones broke up the bid with a single. This would have been the Royals first perfect game in their franchises history. The Royals are currently in third place in the American League Central division and are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Kansas City Royals are still going through a team wide power outage and dealing with tough seasons from struggling stars like Mike Moustakas but are still above the .500 mark and are in second place in the American League Central division. The 2007 second overall pick has struggled this season and is well below the Mendoza line after two weeks of May baseball and is on the verge of being sent down to the minor leagues to figure out his struggles. The Royals are picking up Moustakas, Billy Butler, and the other struggling Royals and enjoying absolutely filthy pitching from Yordano Ventura and the wins just keep on coming.
5-7-14: The Kansas City Royals were said to be in attendance when free agent closer Joel Hanrahan threw his showcase while coming back from Tommy John surgery and were interested in the relief pitcher only to lose out to him to their division rivals, the Detroit Tigers. The Royals need a shot in the arm as they have struggled this season with a record below .500 after the first 30 games of the season and are currently in fourth place in the American League Central division. The Royals are a better team than they are showing on the field and have been suffering through down seasons from DH Billy Butler, first basemen Eric Hosmer, and almost every pitcher they have not named Yordano Ventura. Ventura has been stellar and absolutely filthy since coming up from the minor leagues and taking the American League by storm.
4-28-14: The Kansas City Royals have not had the type of follow up season they were hoping for after being in contention for a wild card spot for much of the 2013 season. Notable players such as Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer have fallen short of expectations in 2014 after a month and need to be better if the Royals want to compete in the American League Central division. The Royals have not had many bright spots in this early season but Yordano Ventura has definitely been one of them as he has come bursting onto the scene and become an early candidate for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Ventura has been lighting up radar guns all season long, being clocked as high as 102.9 MPH, and is making major league hitters look silly early in his career replacing Ervin Santana in the Royals rotation. Be sure to send Ventura and the rest of the Royals to the MLB All Star Game this summer as voting has opened up for the game this week.
4-21-14: Starting pitcher Jason Vargas for the Kansas City Royals through seven scoreless innings during the five nothing win for Kansas City against the twins. Kansas City is off to a decent start and has a winning record of 9–8. Through the first three weeks of the season they are in second place of the American League Central division behind the Detroit Tigers. Vargas has gotten off to a good start this year with an ERA of 1.24 and a record of 2–0. Omar Infante is helping the team early on with his .283 batting average and solid glove at second base.
4-14-14: The Kansas City Royals (4-7) have a grand total of one home run on the year, and the offensive power-outage has led them straight to the bottom of the AL Central to start the year. They were embarrassingly swept by the Minnesota Twins over the weekend, as Minnesota outscored KC 21-5. Fortunately, the Royals next head to Houston to face what may be the only team more offensively-deficient than they are in the Astros.
4-7-14: The Kansas City Royals followed an opening-series loss to the Detroit Tigers by taking two of three contests from the White Sox over the weekend. KC has been backed by some very solid starting pitching to open the year, as James Sheilds, Bruce Chen and Jason Vargas have all turned-in solid efforts. It’s been a rough go for reliever Tim Collins, however, as the lefty has already walked four in just two appearances, while allowing four runs in just one inning total.
4-1-14: The Kansas City Royals have high aspirations this season for the first time in what seems like forever, but their hopes of getting off on the right foot in 2014 were dashed in a walk-off 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Tigers. The teams were knotted at 3-3 going into the bottom of the 9th, when Detroit newcomer Alex Gonzalez drilled a game-winning RBI single off of Greg Holland to win it.
3-27-14: The Kansas City Royals made an odd move to start out the final week of spring training by claiming the first overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft Patrick Schuster. Schuster was set to be returned to his original team, The San Diego Padres, from the Arizona Diamondbacks after he had been informed he would not be making the Opening Day roster in 2014. The speculation was Schuster will not be with the Royals long and this was just a procedural move to get Carlos Peguero through waivers 10 days from now rather than today, which is not that uncommon in baseball. The Royals also, in another procedural move, traded away catcher Adam Moore to the San Diego Padres for cash considerations and to step one spot closer to finalizing a 25 and 40 man roster. The Royals now will turn their attention to taking advantage of a strong spring and riding it all the way to the promised land in 2014.
3-20-14: The Kansas City Royals pitching staff was not exempt from the Tommy John surgery epidemic that is going around Major League Baseball right now after announcing that set up man Luke Hochevar will go under the knife and miss the 2014 season due to the surgery. Kansas City still has a winning record in the Cactus League and have won a few games in a row in the past week to improve the record. The Royals have been holding a fifth starter competition all spring between Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura and Ventura was named the winner as the fifth starter with Duffy likely headed to the Royals bullpen. The Royals also brought in Brett Tomko on a minor league deal as he tried to make a comeback to the Major Leagues after retiring for a few years at age 41. In an announcement that should surprise nobody James Shields will pitch in yet another big game, 2014 Opening Day for the Kansas City Royals, probably for the final time as he enters free agency after this season.
3-13-14: The Kansas City Royals lost their ace from 2013 in Ervin Santana and likely only have one more season of having James Shields in the rotation so the time is now for the Royals. The Royals still have one of the best first basemen in the league in Eric Hosmer crushing the ball this spring and a very strong third basemen in Mike Moustakas to get excited about. Luke Hochevar needs Tommy John surgery and will miss all of the 2014 season for the Royals. Kansas City has also named "Big Game" James Shields their Opening Day starter. The Royals also stole second basemen Omar Infante away from the Detroit Tigers and won in a bidding war with the New York Yankees for the right-handers services. The Royals are in a tough division alongside the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians but competed for a second Wild Card last season and look to build on that season this year in 2014.
3-12-14: The five most expensive home games of the Royals regular season are: April 4th vs Chicago White Sox, June 5th vs St Louis, September 13th vs Boston Red Sox, June 7th vs New York Yankees, and June 28th vs the Angels. The June 28th game also includes a Shields bobblehead giveaway.
3-11-14: The Royals will have to go through 2014 without Luke Hochevar in the bullpen. The 30 year old reliever will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and miss the entire 2014 campaign. Hochevar was the first overall pick of the 2006 draft and is set to make $5.2 million in 2014.
3-5-14: The Kansas City Royals have shut down Luke Hochevar four spraining his ulnar collateral ligament and Tommy John surgery is a possibility. The Royals as an organization and picture James Shields have agreed not to negotiate the pitchers contract during the season. Ervin Santana is still seeking a four year contract worth at least $50 million and is currently still on the free-agent market leaving the Royals in limbo as far as who will be a part of their starting rotation.
3-4-14: The Royals bats were in action as they took care of the Cubs in spring training action 5-3 this past Sunday. Mike Moustakas hit two home runs, while Eric Hosmer had three hits. The game drew a 2014 Cactus League high 14,680 in attendance. The Royals also said goodbye to Guillermo Mota, who retired after a 14 year career.
2-25-14: Kansas City Royals single game tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. for all 2014 Kansas City Royals home games. The box office at Kauffman Stadium will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or fans can get their tickets over the phone from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
1-24-14: The Kansas City Royals were ten games over .500 last year en route to a third place finish in a very tough American League Central Division. The Royals will give the ball to James Shields on opening day this year as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since they won the World Series in 1985.
1-7-14: The Kansas City Royals are currently the front-runners to sign either one of two pictures being Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez. Adding either man to the rotation would be a nice addition to James Shields. The biggest news out of Kansas City this off-season was the signing of Second baseman Omar Infante. He signed a deal worth about $30 million over for you. He also reportedly turned down a bigger deal from the New York Yankees.
12-9-13: This off-season the Kansas City Royals missed out on bringing back one of their homegrown products Carlos Beltran. Beltran and his camp inquired if the Kansas City Royals were interested in bringing him back but the price was likely to high and he wound up signing with the New York Yankees on a three-year deal. The Royals had a good start to last season wound up missing the playoffs yet again. With the inability to more lucrative free agents to Kansas City the Royals will have to count on their farm system if they want to compete in the AL Central division. It will be tough to compete with teams with higher payrolls such as the Detroit Tigers who made it all the way to the American League championship series last year. Returning to Kansas City will be first baseman Eric Hosmer who is a promising young player that they have.
8/20/13 - The Kansas City Royals have been a decent surprise this season at five games over .500 and still in playoff contention. Losers of two straight games the Kansas City Royals will host the Chicago White Sox this week. After that they will host the Washington nationals for interleague play. Young first baseman Eric Hosmer leads the Royals offensively he's batting .294 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs. The Kansas City Royals have identical records with the Yankees and I tied in terms of the wildcard race with both teams being in fifth place. The Royals are +25 in terms of run differential.
8/6/13 - The All-Star break has passed and the Kansas City Royals have managed to still stay above .500. As winners of nine of the last 10 games they are 55 – 52. This week they will host the Minnesota Twins for a three game set.
7/31/13 - The Royals have acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Astros for minor league pitcher Kyle Smith.
7/18/13 - The Kansas City Royals have struggled this season and are losers of five straight heading into the All-Star break. At 43 – 49 they are currently in third place in the American League Central division. The Royals acquired pitcher James Shields from the Tampa Bay rays this off-season and while he has managed to have a nice ERA, his win loss record is only 4-6. The Royals will host the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander in their first series out of the All-Star break. The Royals have not made the playoffs since 1985 and will have to make a serious turn around if they wish to make the playoffs this season. Left fielder Alex Gordon was selected to the American League All-Star team.
7/7/13 - Two Kansas City Royals were selected for the 2013 American League all-star team. Catcher Salvador Perez and outfielder Alex Gordon will both be making their first all-star game appearances.
6/12/13 - At 29 and 32 the Kansas City Royals are 5 1/2 games out of first place Tied with the Cleveland Indians. This week they face off against the Detroit Tigers who are in first place with a chance to chip away and the division lead. Leftfielder Alex Gordon Leads the team in hitting batting .304 with six home runs. Jeremy Guthrie leads the team in wins but the team leader in ERA is big game James Shields At 2.81. The Royals have not made the playoffs in over a decade. With this year’s slow start it looks like another year out of the postseason For the Kansas City Royals. The Royals are currently on a six game winning streak