<![CDATA[Judging the Royals: Sports Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:02:37 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:02:37 CST Judging the Royals 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com The Royals use their speed and win a wild one http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article92383662.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:04:24 CDT

Royals’ offense can’t make up for poor pitching http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article92154662.html#storylink=rss Royals are still a good team, but they’re playing bad baseball

The pitching has been bad and the offense can’t cover that

The Royals are built to play low-scoring games

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:32:01 CDT

Ian Kennedy, pitching mechanics and the perils of trying too hard http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article91909412.html#storylink=rss Kennedy had a mechanical issue once he got in the game

He lost command in the first inning

Did winning a World Series have a negative effect on the Royals?

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:00:25 CDT

Royals waste an excellent performance by Edinson Volquez in 2-1 loss to Rangers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article91688452.html#storylink=rss The Royals don’t have to be the best at scoring runs, but they can’t be the worst

With runners in scoring position, pitchers take advantage of the hitter’s aggressiveness

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:05:12 CDT

We’ll focus on the home runs, but walks beat the Royals on Saturday night http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article91572392.html#storylink=rss The two Yordano Venturas

Should Joakim Soria be asked to pitch two innings?

Cheslor Cuthbert doesn’t mind the spotlight

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:41:55 CDT

Why the seventh inning was a big deal in the Royals’ 3-1 win over the Rangers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article91467707.html#storylink=rss Luke Hochevar bridged the gap

Don’t mess with Rougned Odor

Alex Gordon shows signs of life

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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:41:40 CDT

Why do managers stick to set roles? Happiness is one reason http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article91276972.html#storylink=rss We forget that players are human

Some players have trouble changing roles

Here’s why managers try to get the starting pitcher a win and the closer a save

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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:54:49 CDT

The Royals have to start playing better — now http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article91061327.html#storylink=rss To lose weight or win ballgames, you gotta quit kidding yourself

The Royals can’t afford to ignore the fundamentals

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:18:17 CDT

Brian Flynn and the problem with a fastball in a fastball count http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90748472.html#storylink=rss When hitters get the pitch they expect, they tend to hit it hard

Should Salvador Perez try to block every pitch in the dirt?

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:53:33 CDT

Jarrod Dyson and the importance of energy http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90502542.html#storylink=rss Guys who bring it help their teammates get through the grind

Team chemistry: Dyson is a key ingredient

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:12:27 CDT

Royals let their players play: how that makes them a better team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90481972.html#storylink=rss It was Christian Colon’s decision to swing away rather than bunt

The Royals have an aggressive style of play

The guys on the field are given freedom

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:16:27 CDT

Three mistakes that changed the outcome of Royals’ loss to Detroit http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90261617.html#storylink=rss An umpire made a bad call

A curve in the dirt did not get blocked

Soria tried to pitch inside late in the game

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:02:42 CDT

Take your eye off the ball and watch Alex Gordon for one inning http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90163867.html#storylink=rss Did Salvador Perez go too far by clapping for Miguel Cabrera?

How one bad pitching performance can lead to another

Why the Royals haven’t named a starter

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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:30:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90163867.html
Defense: Why the most important play is the routine one http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90154172.html#storylink=rss Detroit has played sloppy defense in the last two games

You can make a mistake and still not make an error

Nobody wins without good fundamentals

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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 11:48:36 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90154172.html
The Royals’ bullpen and the seventh inning have not gone well together this season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article90033607.html#storylink=rss The Royals bullpen isn’t as deep this year, and it showed Friday night in Detroit

In 2014, the Royals had Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland in the bullpen, simplifying life for everybody

Without set roles, relievers might have to endure pitching, sitting down and then pitching again

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:35:40 CDT

Eric Hosmer is face of the Royals franchise http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article89323317.html#storylink=rss Like it or not, big-league teams are run by the players

Star players set the tone for their teammates, and Hosmer does that for the Royals

Dayton Moore deserves credit for the clubhouse atmosphere

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:42:42 CDT

Why you should pay attention to the Royals’ next 16 games http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article88879457.html#storylink=rss Will they be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?

Teams have a small window of opportunity

How winning can lead to losing

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Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:36:48 CDT

Did Eric Hosmer call for the Salvador Perez pickoff? Here’s an inside look at signs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article88755242.html#storylink=rss Between pitches there are signs being given all over the field

There are a few signs you may have missed

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Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:09:30 CDT

How the Royal beat themselves and lost to the Seattle Mariners http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article88681547.html#storylink=rss All three of the Mariners runs came from Royals mistakes

Pitchers can’t lose focus with two outs

Do not try to make up for a bad play with a great one

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Sat, 09 Jul 2016 15:43:50 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article88681547.html
Are the Royals too aggressive at the plate? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article88441447.html#storylink=rss When aggressive hitting works, we like it

A double play that wasn’t turned changed the game

Starting pitcher Danny Duffy gave his team a chance

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Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:37:38 CDT

The Royals’ home-field advantage: You http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article88178482.html#storylink=rss Players get worn down during a long season

How do they find the energy for the postseason?

They say that they feed off the fans’ energy

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Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:06:30 CDT

Royals’ starting rotation is struggling, but it doesn’t need to be great for team to win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article87968517.html#storylink=rss Still, the starting rotation needs to be better

The defense is keeping the score low

No team in the AL has allowed fewer unearned runs to score

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:32:46 CDT

Edinson Volquez and why the seventh inning is hard on starting pitchers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article87727922.html#storylink=rss The Royals are having a tougher time covering the seventh inning this season

When something happens three times in a row, it’s not a coincidence

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:36:25 CDT

Is interleague play unfair to the American League? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article87568477.html#storylink=rss National League pitchers have an advantage at the plate

Yordano Ventura’s base-running mistake

Save interleague play for the All-Star Game and World Series

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:42:29 CDT

Danny Duffy pitched a great game and here’s how he did it http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article87474327.html#storylink=rss Duffy threw his off-speed pitches for strikes

Pitching in relief made Duffy a better starter

Why didn’t Royals manager Ned Yost let Duffy finish?

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 09:49:44 CDT

One reason Kendrys Morales is hitting better from the left side http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article87359157.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ designated hitter is hitting pitches away to left field

But Morales got exposed playing defense in right field

Manager Ned Yost probably will keep Morales out there in interleague games at National League parks

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 11:35:41 CDT

Chris Young vs. Brandon Moss: the story of one at-bat http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article87204697.html#storylink=rss To get the most out of baseball, you have to pay attention

What’s a “conversion count?”

The important pitch came before Moss hit his home run

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:13:23 CDT

Here’s how the late innings of Royals’ win over Cardinals unfolded http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article86884252.html#storylink=rss Kansas City starter Edinson Volquez was terrific

The Royals’ bullpen blew two saves

The Cardinals’ defense made multiple mistakes

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:05:33 CDT

A great bullpen doesn’t matter if the starting pitching scuffles http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article86623677.html#storylink=rss The Royals need quality starts from their rotation

With all their problems, the Royals are lucky to be where they are

Why smart umpires eject starting pitchers

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:16:57 CDT

Kendrys Morales shows why you shouldn’t give up on a player too soon http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article86419327.html#storylink=rss After a slow start, Royals designated hitter got hot in the month of June

Danny Duffy is pitching with a reliever’s mentality

Why the Royals need to score four or more runs

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:30:15 CDT