<![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 How Houston’s Minute Maid Park risks a player’s health http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25996267.html#storylink=rss Tuesday night Kansas City centerfielder Lorenzo Cain risked injury because a ballpark designer got cute. Houston DH Evan Gattis hit a baseball lopsided and sent it toward Tal’s Hill; an incline in Minute Maid Park’s centerfield. A funny thing happens when you’re running full speed and hit an incline; you fall flat on your face—and that’s what happened to Lorenzo.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:28:46 CDT

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If Jarrod Dyson is hurt, some of us owe him an apology http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25963054.html#storylink=rss In the old days, like 2010, I could wait to find out the real story before writing; now, I’m expected to comment right away. So when Jarrod Dyson doesn’t hustle down to first base, there’s no time to find out why; just get it out there ... even if it’s unfair.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:37:45 CDT

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Lance McCullers kept the Royals in the middle of Minute Maid Park http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25836625.html#storylink=rss If you read this website every day you know that at the start of this series against the Houston Astros I wrote about Minute Maid Park, its short corners and the need for pitchers to keep the ball in the middle of the field. And Monday night that’s what Lance McCullers did.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:50:11 CDT

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A preview of the Kansas City Royals-Houston Astros series http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25751257.html#storylink=rss The Astros lead all of baseball in home runs, and I’m guessing not too many of them were hit to center. So the trick will be to keep the ball in the middle of the field and let Jarrod Dyson or Lorenzo Cain run the ball down.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:13:38 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/article25749493.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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Today’s online chat, mound visits, low throws and bad scorekeeping http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25746106.html#storylink=rss If everything goes as planned I’ll be doing an online chat at noon today; go to KansasCity.com to participate. I’m working on some stuff from Sunday’s game and will get that posted later this morning. In the meantime, here’s some stuff from Saturday.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:48:45 CDT

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Wade Davis shows us something special http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25707619.html#storylink=rss When good pitchers have their best stuff, they can make the game look easy. When good pitchers are scuffling, but still have the smarts and guts to succeed, you might get to see some something out of the ordinary. Saturday afternoon, in the eighth inning of a one-run ball game, Wade Davis showed us why he’s special.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:04:53 CDT

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Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and the science of the stolen base http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25704028.html#storylink=rss On Saturday the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A’s 3-2. Two of those Kansas City runs came in the sixth inning when Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer pulled off a double steal, put two runs in scoring position and then Kendrys Morales drove them in. The stopwatch told the Royals they could steal third base if they got a fast runner on second; here’s the story behind it.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:49:10 CDT

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Pitching to Billy Butler: how you get him out http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25655827.html#storylink=rss Here’s how opposition pitchers tend to pitch Billy Butler: two-seam fastballs down and in or off-speed pitches just plain down. The sinking fastball down and in has him hitting the outside top half of the baseball and the off-speed stuff down accomplishes the same thing. Pitchers want Butler to hit a ground ball to the pull side of the field, especially in a double-play situation.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:53:39 CDT

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The Oakland A’s: Who’s hot right now? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25629541.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Royals started a three-game series with the Oakland A’s Friday night and when a team goes into a series they want to know who’s hot right now. Here’s the Athletics lineup from the last game they played; player’s name first, overall average and then what that player has hit over the last seven days.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:18:58 CDT

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The NBA Draft and an athlete’s makeup http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25567393.html#storylink=rss Thursday night the NBA held their draft and it reminded me of how often expectations exceed reality. Despite all the hoopla some of the kids drafted may never play a minute in the NBA and the ones who make it that far may not have an appreciable impact — and baseball is no different.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:11:53 CDT

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How the Royals won: they hit fastballs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25483012.html#storylink=rss Here’s what Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt had to say about hitting: “Every at-bat will contain at least one fastball to hit. Your job is to find it.” Pitchers throw fastballs because they need to throw strikes and hit locations and that’s harder to do with off-speed pitches. When hitters take or miss those fastballs they fall behind in the count and then have to deal with a pitcher’s curves, sliders and change-ups.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:13:09 CDT

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How Royals hitters let Mike Montgomery off the hook http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25410538.html#storylink=rss Judging the Royals: The Royals had a chance to run Mike Montgomery out of the game after the first inning, but let him off the hook by chasing pitcher’s pitches with runners in scoring position. When a rookie pitcher is “geeked up” bad things can happen, and in the top of the first inning they did.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:46:58 CDT

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Alex Rios does a big thing on the basepaths http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25328809.html#storylink=rss Monday night Alex Rios proved that by doing a big thing, he took an extra 90 feet with some heads-up base running and that changed the rest of the game.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:02:06 CDT

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On Sunday, Chris Young lacked fastball command http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25148368.html#storylink=rss When a pitcher throws a fastball in the mid-80s and throws that fastball 62 percent of the time, he needs to hit his spots. On Sunday, the Royals’ Chris Young couldn’t hit his spots so the Boston Red Sox hit him: pretty much end of story, but read the rest of this anyway.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:34:20 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/article25149442.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Star baseball blogger Lee Judge answered questions for a chat on Monday. Here is what was asked and answered.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:56:00 CDT The Kansas City Star

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The story behind the Salvador Perez homer http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25110601.html#storylink=rss Salvador Perez will chase a slider like it owes him money, but in the second inning of Saturday night’s game, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello threw Perez nothing but fastballs and paid the price.

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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:12:40 CDT

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Royals spot starter Yohan Pino pitches five-and-a-third innings http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article25057255.html#storylink=rss Now there’s an exciting headline; I wrote it and even I think it’s boring, but it’s in the headline for a reason. On Friday night Yohan Pino pitched five and a third innings against the Boston Red Sox and it’s the most important thing Pino did.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:01:40 CDT

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Royals’ reliever Wade Davis opens up … and gives fans ‘a show’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article24972430.html#storylink=rss When a pitcher opens up it usually doesn’t mean he went on “Oprah” and declared his love for Katie Holmes. When a pitcher opens up it means his front side (the side with the glove on it) is doing something too soon or too violently and that’s screwing up his arm side (the side holding the baseball). Thursday night KC Royals pitcher Wade Davis opened up.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:14:41 CDT

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What’s that goofy thing Wade Davis does? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article24926389.html#storylink=rss If you’ve watched Wade Davis pitch with a runner on first base, you’ve seen it: Wade bends deeply from the waist while peeking over his left shoulder at the runner. Then he straightens up and reaches the set position. So what is that?

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:12:13 CDT

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How Royals pitcher Joe Blanton collected a win in his first major-league start since 2013 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article24865687.html#storylink=rss Some starting pitchers go as far as they can on their fastball; they want to save their off-speed stuff for later at-bats. Asked about that strategy after the game, Royals pitcher Joe Blanton smiled and said he didn’t have that kind of fastball. Joe Blanton can’t just rear back and air it out; Joe Blanton has to pitch.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:10:12 CDT

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Joe Blanton and establishing secondary pitches http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article24734146.html#storylink=rss Pay attention to how soon a pitcher establishes his secondary pitches and you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re watching; if hitters don’t have to worry about curves, cutters, sliders or change-ups, they’ll lean on the fastball any time the pitcher has to throw a strike.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:21:53 CDT

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Was it the Royals’ hitting or the Brewers’ pitching? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article24627091.html#storylink=rss When an entire team slumps or an entire team gets hot at the same time, what’s the common factor? If you said the pitchers they face, give yourself a pat on the back.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:08:33 CDT

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The Royals get rained out, but writers never do http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article24398263.html#storylink=rss After they announced Sunday’s Royals-Cardinals game had been postponed, the reporters left the press box and trudged down to the clubhouse to get some quotes. Bottom line: We have to write a story whether the Royals play a game or not.

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:40:23 CDT

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Stuff to read while you wait out this rain delay http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article24254665.html#storylink=rss I’ve always got more material than I can use, some here’s some of what I heard or saw in the last two days that hasn’t been on-line yet. So if you’re bored at home, waiting out this rain delay, here’s some stuff to read.

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:27:03 CDT

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How the Royals are beating themselves http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article24197827.html#storylink=rss Sometimes teams beat you and sometimes you beat yourself. Since the Royals have arrived in St. Louis they’ve made some fundamental mistakes and the Cardinals have been taking advantage.

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:19:30 CDT

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Jaime Garcia and the first-pitch fastball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article23952106.html#storylink=rss If you were Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia and you came up with a runner on third in the second inning and you’d seen all eight of your teammates get a first-pitch fastball, what pitch would you look for? If you said slider you’re missing the point.

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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:14:26 CDT

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Royals vs. the Cardinals: a couple things to look for http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article23906755.html#storylink=rss How you play the corners in St. Louis, why Yordano Ventura’s off-speed stuff is important, how Eric Hosmer made that scoop in Minnesota and why Royals fans should worry about Milwaukee.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:30:06 CDT

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Alex Gordon and a game of adjustments http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article23765176.html#storylink=rss Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hit a three-run home run on a 3-2 change-up during Wednesday night’s win over the Twins. Gordon swung like he knew the change-up was coming and he kinda did.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:48:00 CDT

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Eric Hosmer, Twitter and the in-between hop http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article23654689.html#storylink=rss On Tuesday night with the score 1-0 and the tying run sprinting for home, Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer made a sensational play to end the inning and prevent the run from scoring. Here’s how it happened and why it was hard to describe on Twitter.

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:24:16 CDT

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