<![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 What’s up with the Royals and this losing streak? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article75003942.html#storylink=rss KC pitchers are walking too many batters

But things should eventually even out

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Sun, 01 May 2016 12:21:32 CDT

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Watch Royals coach Rusty Kuntz tell baseball stories http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71117487.html#storylink=rss First-base coach and former major-leaguer has seen a lot in baseball

He told some of his stories to Lee Judge at spring training

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:01:53 CDT  

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King Felix Hernandez: the better the pitcher, the smaller the ball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article74868282.html#storylink=rss It’s hard to string hits together with an ace on the mound

You have to advance runners without hits

With runners in scoring position, the cookie store is closed

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‘The Hoz’ and the unintended consequences of a good haircut http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article74657447.html#storylink=rss In the major leagues, it’s not just a haircut, it’s a lifestyle

Looking good is too much work

I can’t keep this up

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:50:05 CDT

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Chris Young pitches up in the zone and misses his spot http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article74505542.html#storylink=rss Young tried to go “higher than high” on Angels’ Mike Trout

Why teams have worse road records

How infield speed changes the game

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:33:55 CDT

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With Eric Hosmer’s help, Lee Judge gets 'The Hos' haircut http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article74071402.html#storylink=rss Lee Judge visits the barber and the Papa Hos is born

Hosmer served as fashion consultant

The Hos is the creation of Hosmer and DeJuan “Picasso” Bonds

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT

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Albert Pujols and how smart hitters think http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73947272.html#storylink=rss Smart hitters make educated guesses, and when they’re wrong, it can look bad

Does Joakim Soria shake off Sal Perez’s signs?

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:19:41 CDT

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Watch: Rusty Kuntz talks about favorite baseball card http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73752877.html#storylink=rss Royals first-base coach played seven season in the major league and he was on many baseball cards

There is one particular card that is his favorite

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:52:36 CDT

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What happened to Yordano Ventura’s 100 mph fastball? Throwing harder isn’t always better http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73749712.html#storylink=rss Ventura shows sign of maturity in backing off on velocity

Also: Here’s how Lorenzo Cain cracked up the Royals dugout

And: The chessmaster over-manages

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:32:55 CDT

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Here’s why Jarrod Dyson didn’t go hard into second base the other night http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73646352.html#storylink=rss Dyson was told to peel off on a double-play ball Thursday against Detroit

It’s in part because instant replay is changing the game

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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:55:06 CDT

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Mike Moustakas magically matures into a well-rounded hitter; actually, it took a lot of swings http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73512232.html#storylink=rss Moustakas didn’t get “pull happy” after crushing home run Friday

Reinventing himself as a hitter took a lot of hard work

Chris Young shows why fans don’t want to panic

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:32:28 CDT

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How the Royals’ offense applies pressure on the diamond http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73353792.html#storylink=rss Some teams accept bad defense for good offense

Smart base runners can take advantage of that

But you can’t freak out when it doesn’t work

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:57:55 CDT

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Royals show their never-say-die attitude but can’t overcome a few mistakes http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73091772.html#storylink=rss 2014 Wild Card game gave the Royals a mental edge

Why Mike Jirschele waved Kendrys Morales home on Tuesday

There are no blowouts against the Detroit Tigers

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:47:00 CDT

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Pitching against the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera is a cat-and-mouse game for Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72821562.html#storylink=rss When it mattered, the Royals threw off-speed pitches to Cabrera

Who will adjust first when Cabrera faces the Royals next?

Also: Danny Duffy on pitch execution vs. pitch selection

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:36:13 CDT

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Why rallies die: Pitchers pitch differently with runners in scoring position http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72660097.html#storylink=rss Some pitchers throw fewer fastballs with runners in scoring position

Relievers can throw their nastiest stuff right away

What I actually said about Chris Young

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:02:49 CDT

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Salvador Perez and the pre-pitch concentration required to win a ballgame http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72444857.html#storylink=rss Miss one pitch out of 116 and you lose

Players need to do pre-pitch calculations

Royals have a catching drill that helps concentration

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:11:40 CDT

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Watch the Royals' Eric Hosmer get his signature 'Hos' haircut http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article74051557.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article74051557.html Royals coach Rusty Kuntz talks about appearing on baseball cards as a player http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73738917.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:40:32 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article73738917.html Rusty Kuntz on his evolution as a baseball coach http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72440427.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:35 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72440427.html Remember: Royals pitcher Chris Young is facing some tough matchups http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72319367.html#storylink=rss Towering hurler is facing top-of-the-rotation opponents

Everyone, including Young, just needs to ride this out

A look at when the catcher should go to the mound

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:36:13 CDT

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Royals show the value of getting the ball in play in opener at Oakland http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72208462.html#storylink=rss Getting the ball in play allows good things to happen

So far, the Royals' starting pitching has been surprisingly good

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Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:22:15 CDT By LEE JUDGE

ljudge@kcstar.com

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Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy used Minute Maid Park’s dimensions to his advantage http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article72080517.html#storylink=rss Kansas City’s starter kept Lorenzo Cain busy

How Houston’s Altuve hit another home run

Carlos Gomez’ base-running mistake for Astros

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:13:34 CDT

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Shake it off, Ventura: Yordano doesn’t and Houston’ Jose Altuve blasts a 410-foot homer http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71803177.html#storylink=rss Pitchers and catchers can’t fall into predictable patterns

KC’s Yordano Ventura threw his off-speed stuff for strikes Wednesday

Houston’s Minute Maid Park rewards fly balls

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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:58:57 CDT

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How the Royals shorten games: It all starts with five strong from their starters http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71562757.html#storylink=rss If the bullpen is rested, Royals only need five innings from their starter

The difference between a fastball, cutter and slider can vary

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:14:51 CDT

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How Collin McHugh handcuffed the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71389337.html#storylink=rss Astros starter gave the Royals a steady diet of off-speed pitches

McHugh avoided throwing fastballs in fastball counts

He threw secondary pitches for strikes

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:07:14 CDT

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Here’s how Terrance Gore breaks the formula for stopping base stealers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71119347.html#storylink=rss An average major-league base runner takes 3.4 seconds to steal second base

Gore can do it in 3.0 flat

His speed is a distraction and helps the hitters

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:27:57 CDT

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Rusty Kuntz on how retrieving a beach ball led to a great catch http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71117117.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:00:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71117117.html The cross-up: Why catchers visit pitchers with a runner on second http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article71021397.html#storylink=rss They change the signs with a runner on second base

If the catcher doesn’t know what’s coming, he can get hurt

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 08:57:56 CDT

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A day at the ballpark: Come along for the ride as the Royals beat the Twins http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article70915562.html#storylink=rss Bad outfielders are hard on the grass

Why pitchers should watch batting practice

Eric Hosmer has had too many Justin Beiber questions

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Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:31:54 CDT

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Failure can lead to success, and no one knows that better than Royals’ Mike Moustakas http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article70603302.html#storylink=rss Once a player fails, he’s more likely to listen to those trying to help him

After hitting .212 in 2014, Moustakas was willing to adjust

Expect more of the same in 2016 from guy they call Moose

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:01:19 CDT

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