<![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 Why Royals manager Ned Yost can’t pull the starting pitcher right away http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article86080892.html#storylink=rss Ned has to think about the next few games

You don’t use up high-quality relievers in a loss

Give credit to the innings-eaters

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:44:49 CDT

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Why the Kansas City Royals are a better team at home http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article85959582.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ pitchers are more aggressive when pitching at home

Kansas City’s offense can get away from its game when playing on the road

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:10:54 CDT

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A scouting report: What do baseball scouts look for? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article85735787.html#storylink=rss How amateur ball is failing amateur players

The scouts liked analytics

But the information needs to be knowable and useful

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:31:54 CDT

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In Royals’ loss to Mets, forget the home runs and focus on the walks http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article85490967.html#storylink=rss Pitchers do not control home runs, but they should control walks

The Royals lost because two players who drew a walk scored

Why you play small ball against the best pitchers

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:25:51 CDT

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Playing in the National League can get complicated http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article85309272.html#storylink=rss A manager needs to minimize his pitchers’ plate appearances

Mets manager Terry Collins used a double switch

Hitters batting eighth have a tough job

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:50:28 CDT

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Rusty Kuntz on how he keeps outfielders from daydreaming http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article85047807.html#storylink=rss In this video, the Royals coach talks about how players lose their focus on the field sometimes

Kuntz has a few tips for keeping the players’ head in the game

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:08:18 CDT

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Here’s how the Royals beat the Tigers in the 13th inning Sunday http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article84854517.html#storylink=rss Catcher Salvador Perez did not try to hit a home run

Miguel Cabrera set the inning up by missing a pickoff throw

The Royals kept the line moving

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:04:41 CDT

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The Detroit Tigers’ bullpen is terrible, and things the Royals need to clean up http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article84704457.html#storylink=rss Get the Tigers’ starting pitcher out early

One reason Royals pitchers are better at home

The Royals need to clean up mistakes

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Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:42:30 CDT

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Give some credit to Yordano Ventura http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article84586992.html#storylink=rss The Royals get to the Tigers’ bullpen

Whit Merrifield shows range at second base

Dillon Gee has a thankless job

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Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:54:27 CDT

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The Royals need to get into the Tigers’ bullpen as early as possible http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article84378657.html#storylink=rss Detroit starter Justin Verlander went seven innings and protected the Tigers’ pen

The Royals need to get the starter out early

Also: How Eric Hosmer changed the scoring

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:29:22 CDT

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How getting hit in the face changed Omar Infante’s game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article84150672.html#storylink=rss Is Whit Merrifield the real deal?

Why Wade Davis didn’t pitch three days in a row

When Alex Gordon will come back

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:19:19 CDT

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Chris Young is better when he pitches in Kauffman Stadium http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article83911647.html#storylink=rss Kansas City pitchers can use Kauffman Stadium’s dimensions to their advantage

Tuesday night Cleveland hitters would not expand the zone

How and why Francisco Lindor got picked off

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:28:45 CDT

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Here’s why you don’t pitch Wade Davis every night http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article83688027.html#storylink=rss If relievers can pitch three days in a row, why not do it all the time?

Baseball is a marathon; you can’t sprint all the way

How they decide which relievers are available

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:57:08 CDT

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Yordano Ventura and the importance of the curve http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article83455752.html#storylink=rss A pitcher needs to throw off-speed strikes to be effective

Understanding Ventura’s background is important

If he can follow Wade Davis’ example, that would be beneficial

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:19:14 CDT

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The Royals get back to their winning formula and beat the White Sox http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article83313847.html#storylink=rss Royals starters need to hand a lead to the Royals pen

Lately, the offense hasn’t been much help

Danny Duffy set things up with six strong innings

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:11:07 CDT

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No team gives up more home runs on the road than the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article83197147.html#storylink=rss The good news is that no team gives up fewer home runs at home than KC

Are things getting contentious in Chicago?

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:48:01 CDT

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Rusty Kuntz on what he does to stop outfielders from daydreaming http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article85010102.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:17:25 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article85010102.html What’s up with the Royals offense? For one, they’re striking out more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article82754237.html#storylink=rss Are the hitters trying to do too much?

Their strikeouts are up on this road trip

KC hitters appear to be over-swinging

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:27:00 CDT

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When he’s pitching and acting like this, is Yordano Ventura worth the trouble? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article82505462.html#storylink=rss What if he gets a teammate hurt?

Other teams might try to provoke him

He’s been inconsistent this year, but he’s still immensely talented

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 11:53:14 CDT

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Royals coach Rusty Kuntz reflects on base-running mistakes he made as a player http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article82062517.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:31:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article82062517.html Royals miss a golden opportunity against Orioles’ Mike Wright http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article82229512.html#storylink=rss The Royals faced a struggling pitcher, but couldn’t take advantage

Why lefties don’t throw lefties changeups

How Cheslor Cuthbert got drilled

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:38:53 CDT

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Watch: Rusty Kuntz learned from base-running errors of his youth http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article82219097.html#storylink=rss Royals’ first-base coach made a few mistakes on the base paths during his playing days

Kuntz shares some of them and why it helps make him a better coach

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:33:01 CDT

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The Royals lose four in a row; it happens, get used to it http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article82023567.html#storylink=rss Even good teams have their ups and downs

How Kendrys Morales can beat the shift

Why managers use closers in save situations

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:58:08 CDT

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Royals starting pitchers need to keep the game close or the bullpen doesn’t matter http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article81923827.html#storylink=rss On Saturday, an umpire’s call didn’t help

Salvador Perez and a play at the plate

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Sun, 05 Jun 2016 12:02:23 CDT

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Royals starter Edinson Volquez and pitching mechanics http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article81791717.html#storylink=rss A pitcher has to do a whole bunch of stuff right to make the ball go where he wants it to go

And he has to do all the right stuff without thinking about it

Volquez’ mechanics were out of whack against the Indians

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The Royals give one away to the Indians: Anatomy of a loss http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article81558847.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ loss on Thursday was set up on Tuesday

Why Paulo Orlando can’t dive for that baseball

Did Soria pitch to the wrong guy?

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Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:30:54 CDT

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For good teams like the Royals, fundamental baseball is expected ... and potentially contagious http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article81357712.html#storylink=rss Veterans like Eric Hosmer set the tone for the kind of ball KC plays

Newer arrivals, such as Drew Butera and Whit Merrifield, follow suit

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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:19:13 CDT

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Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera gave up a run ... and it wasn’t his fault http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article81093212.html#storylink=rss Fielding miscue helped Rays score against KC relief pitcher

The Rays’ Steve Pearce made a bad decision and Cheslor Cuthbert got an RBI

Numbers matter, but they’re only a starting place

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Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:31:08 CDT

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Why you don’t want to leave a Royals game early http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article80873697.html#storylink=rss The Royals have an advantage when the game goes to the bullpens

Why Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Andriese balked

Royals’ relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera got unlucky

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Tue, 31 May 2016 10:37:22 CDT

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Royals came back, beat White Sox three times? Enjoy the moment http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article80755717.html#storylink=rss There are no ho-hum come-from-behind wins

Why Whit Merrifield and Brett Eibner will come back to Earth

How Drew Butera hit that 99 mph fastball

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Mon, 30 May 2016 11:11:12 CDT

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