<![CDATA[Judging the Royals: Sports Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/ en-us Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:43:08 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:43:08 CDT Judging the Royals 60 With Yordano Ventura, watch for his secondary pitches http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28803589.html#storylink=rss When I asked what to look for when Yordano Ventura was on the mound, I was told to pay attention to his secondary pitches and how soon he established them. Ventura can throw 100 mph, but if he can’t throw anything but a fastball for a strike, hitters will wait for those fastballs and be all over them. Sunday, he went to his curve early.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:41:50 CDT

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Defensive Indifference Part III: The Reckoning! http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28798105.html#storylink=rss When the Royals went to St. Louis to play a makeup game against the Cardinals, there were two cases of a runner on first base taking second base with a runner on third. Both times the official scorekeeper called it “defensive indifference” because the Cardinals did nothing to stop the runner from taking second. I called it BS.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

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Replay: Baseball chat with The Star’s Lee Judge http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28777588.html#storylink=rss Lee Judge answered your baseball questions Monday during a live chat on KansasCity.com. Read a replay here.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:04:23 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28777588.html
The Astros play shallow but still get beat by a bloop http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28751296.html#storylink=rss Saturday night, Houston Astros right fielder Colby Rasmus spent much of the evening playing shallow — and I mean really shallow. Rasmus was so shallow he might have been able to hand the ball to an infielder after making a catch. The Astros were gambling that Royals hitters were not going to be able to hit a ball over Colby’s head — and they were on a winning streak.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:27:04 CDT

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Bad scorekeeping in St. Louis hits a nerve http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28696678.html#storylink=rss I recently wrote an article about bad scorekeeping in St. Louis. In three games, I had seen four bad calls, and all of them made the Cardinals look good. Apparently that hit a nerve, because I’ve been hearing about it ever since. So now you get to hear about it, too. Here are some of the comments and my responses.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:57:10 CDT

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Alcides Escobar and the first pitch of a game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28695247.html#storylink=rss Once again, Alcides Escobar swung at the first pitch of the game, and once again it worked. Esky singled. According to Baseball Reference, Alcides is hitting .346 and his on-base percentage is .400 as the first batter of a game, so I guess his unorthodox approach is working.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:51:29 CDT

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There was questionable scorekeeping in Royals-Cardinals games this season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28504018.html#storylink=rss Baseball is about numbers, but those numbers start when the person keeping score makes a judgment call and some scorekeepers’ judgment isn’t very good. This season I’ve watched the Royals play the Cardinals a total of three games, so feel free to question the sample size. But in those three games I saw some bad scorekeeping decisions and all of them made the Cardinals look good.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:31:49 CDT

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Salvador Perez’ playing time, optimal pitches and Kelvin Herrera’s pitch count http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28513822.html#storylink=rss Every once in a while I get an email or comment that’s worth answering at length. And if one fan is interested in the answer, I figure other fans might feel the same way. I guess we’ll find out, won’t we?

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:58:16 CDT

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Clint Hurdle: the funniest manager I know http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28505272.html#storylink=rss A reader asked me if Clint Hurdle ever smiles and I’ve decided to answer at length. If you wanna hear some funny baseball stories, keep reading. If you’re an internet sourpuss, keep reading anyway; it might change your attitude.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:44:10 CDT

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Jarrod Dyson, the safety squeeze and managerial decisions http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28402888.html#storylink=rss In the bottom of the seventh inning in Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the score was tied 1-1. There was one out, Alex Rios was on first base, Omar Infante was on third and Jarrod Dyson was at the plate. The situation was right for a squeeze play, but which squeeze play?

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:46:52 CDT

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The Royals win one of the most entertaining games of the season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28271845.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Bottom line: if you didn’t watch the Royals beat the Pirates 3-1 on Tuesday night, you screwed up — it was one of the most entertaining games of the season. Games like this are why you become a Royals fan, games like this are why you become a baseball fan.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:20:02 CDT

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Yordano Ventura throws fastballs in fastball counts, and the Royals lose http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article28007569.html#storylink=rss Being able to throw a fastball 100 mph is a rare talent and Yordano Ventura has it. But if the fastball is your go-to pitch when you have to throw a strike, hitters will look for it and be ready when they get it.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:23:58 CDT

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What the Royals did right on Sunday http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27908974.html#storylink=rss On Saturday afternoon the Royals played a mistake-filled 13-inning game, but still came away with a win. After that game I wrote about the mistakes they made. But 24 hours later the Royals played a nearly perfect game, and it’s only fair that I write about all the things they did right.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:25:43 CDT

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Replay: Baseball chat with The Star’s Lee Judge http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27884200.html#storylink=rss Lee Judge answered your baseball questions Monday during a live chat on KansasCity.com. Read a replay here.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:50:18 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27884200.html
The Royals won Saturday, but made some serious mistakes along the way http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27858028.html#storylink=rss According to William Shakespeare, "All’s Well That Ends Well", but William Shakespeare never played in the big leagues. To understand and appreciate how the best professional athletes, coaches and managers think, you need to understand and appreciate the difference between results and process. The Royals beat the White Sox 7-6 in 13 innings—those are results. Process is how the Royals played during those 13 innings and at times they did not play well.

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:25:00 CDT

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If they make it to the playoffs, the Royals may need home-field advantage http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27622570.html#storylink=rss Guess what: I still have stuff from game one of Friday’s double header. Chris Young gave up two runs on two home runs and there’s a good chance neither one of those balls would have left Kauffman Stadium. If a guy is a fly-ball pitcher—and Friday Young got one groundout and eight outs in the air—he needs all the room he can get to operate.

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:44:29 CDT

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Chris Young and pitch counts http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27607105.html#storylink=rss The first game of the doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox was hotter than hell in August and the Royals starting pitcher Chris Young came out of the game after five innings and 82 pitches. The Royals' formula for winning is to get six innings out of your starter and then give the ball to Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. Couldn’t Young have gone one more inning?

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:24:22 CDT

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The Royals get hot, but win anyway http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27103582.html#storylink=rss Here are some numbers for you: the Blue Jays and Royals combined for 21 runs, 27 hits, 4 walks, 7 errors, 81 batters sent to the plate and 307 pitches thrown. But the most significant number was probably the temperature; at one point it was announced that it was 110 degrees on the field. The heat baked the dirt on the infield and that had something to do with the seven errors, but the heat also appeared to fry some brains at the same time.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:59:39 CDT

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One pitch changed Saturday's game for Chris Young http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27075103.html#storylink=rss On Saturday afternoon Royals starter Chris Young threw 93 pitches; 92 of them turned out OK. The one pitch that changed the game was a slider to Edwin Encarnacion and it came in the fourth inning.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:39:44 CDT

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The Royals’ Mike Moustakas: Patience is a virtue http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article27035419.html#storylink=rss Baseball fans, internet trolls and sports writers can afford to be impatient; we haven’t invested time and money in a player, so if that player falters or scuffles, we can immediately say he stinks and ought to be traded, sent to the minors or face a firing squad at dawn. And we can say all that without the first clue about who would replace the player we just got rid of.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:33:01 CDT

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Jarrod Dyson’s second-best catch http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26943919.html#storylink=rss Well, if you haven’t seen it by now you’re not paying attention; in the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Jarrod Dyson made a catch that had people comparing him to Willie Mays. And it wasn’t even Jarrod’s best catch.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:08:53 CDT

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Alex Gordon is not invincible http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26851453.html#storylink=rss On Wednesday night, Superman fell from the sky. Mr. Indestructible, the guy who runs full speed into chain link fences and then gets right back up, the guy who dives into the stands face first and comes out with a ball in his glove, the guy who once took a fastball to the neck, flipped the bat and casually walked down to first base...that guy got hurt.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 08:03:11 CDT

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The percentage pitch: How Paulo Orlando hit that grand slam http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26738113.html#storylink=rss Smart hitters look for the percentage pitch; the pitch a hitter is most likely to see in a given situation. That’s why so many hitters look for fastballs; it’s the most common pitch and it’s the pitch that often gets thrown when the pitcher needs to throw a strike. Unless the pitcher has a good secondary pitch ... like a changeup.

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:01:13 CDT

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Baseball chat with The Star’s Lee Judge http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26598709.html#storylink=rss Got a baseball question? Ask The Star’s Lee Judge, who will hold a live chat at noon Monday on KansasCity.com.

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Royals-Rays game one: KC wins on walk-off grand slam and other moments of interest http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26694694.html#storylink=rss The Royals had a roller-coaster ride in the ninth inning. Greg Holland gave up the lead but kept the game tied. Then in the bottom of the inning, Eric Hosmer singled, Alex Rios singled and Omar Infante walked. With the bases loaded and one out, Paulo Orlando was looking for a ball he get in the air. He hit a walk-off grand slam.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:45:07 CDT

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It’s called the All-Star break for a reason http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26654269.html#storylink=rss I recently wrote a piece about Jarrod Dyson playing through an injury, and a reader commented that if Dyson were not 100 percent, he shouldn’t be on the field. But if every big-league player had to be 100 percent before his name went in the lineup, you couldn’t field a team. These guys get tired and the All-Star break is just that, a break — unless you make the team.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:34:17 CDT

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Replay: Baseball chat with The Star’s Lee Judge http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26428147.html#storylink=rss Lee Judge answered your baseball questions Monday during a live chat on KansasCity.com. Read a replay here.

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Why did Wade Davis pitch to Joe Mauer? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26576179.html#storylink=rss Coming into Sunday’s game, Joe Mauer had hit .429 off Wade Davis. The two hitters that followed Mauer — Torii Hunter and Trevor Plouffe — had each hit .167. The solution seemed obvious: walk Mauer and go after Hunter and Plouffe. So why did Wade Davis pitch to Joe Mauer?

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:11:15 CDT

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Kurt Suzuki and a Royals scouting report http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26534095.html#storylink=rss Kurt Suzuki, the Twins catcher, is known as a smart guy. I got lucky and Kurt spent some time talking to me a couple years ago and since then we always find time to chat when he comes to town. Saturday afternoon I asked Kurt about the Royals hitters; what was their reputation and how did the Twins approach them?

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:08:22 CDT

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For the Royals to win, avoid the back end of the pen http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article26528758.html#storylink=rss Let the other team grab a lead and hand the ball over to the back end of their pen and the odds of winning go way down. When the Royals trail after six innings they’re 4-29, if they trail after seven they’re 3-29 and if they trail after eight innings they’re 0-29.

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