<![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 Royals beat Twins, but walks kept game closer than it should have been http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article79787047.html#storylink=rss You can get away with mistakes against bad teams

But good teams will make you pay

When you have a great defense, use it

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Wed, 25 May 2016 11:17:28 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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Alex Gordon goes all out, but should he do it all the time? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article79514147.html#storylink=rss If you want them to play 162 games, players have to pace themselves

But give 100 percent when it matters

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Tue, 24 May 2016 10:49:36 CDT

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Yordano Ventura and the leadoff walk that hurt the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article79279957.html#storylink=rss Ventura’s walk to White Sox’s Alex Avila came back to haunt the Royals

Who had the call on that Gordon-Moustakas pop up?

Why have Morales pinch hit from the left side?

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Mon, 23 May 2016 10:57:08 CDT

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Danny Duffy: Starting versus relieving and how they differ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article79159827.html#storylink=rss Duffy is starting, but he’s pitching like a reliever

Third baseman Mike Moustakas had a rough day

If you’re going to scuffle, don’t do it in April

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Sun, 22 May 2016 11:11:36 CDT

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Is it time for baseball to use automated strike zones? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article79039197.html#storylink=rss It would take pitch “framing” out of the equation

It would speed up the game

But are there unintended consequences?

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Sat, 21 May 2016 09:07:00 CDT

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Answers to recent Royals questions: Did Alex Gordon really drop an easy fly ball? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article78865662.html#storylink=rss Was Lorenzo Cain loafing?

Can Cheslor Cuthbert play second base?

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Fri, 20 May 2016 13:29:40 CDT

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Lorenzo Cain, Drew Butera, Chris Young and the ever-changing strike zone http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article78619652.html#storylink=rss Umpires can struggle with the down-and-away pitch

Bonus today: a look at why throwing strike one is so important

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Thu, 19 May 2016 12:33:41 CDT

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Should power hitters bunt against defensive shifts? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article78348842.html#storylink=rss Bunting is not as easy as we think

If a power hitter bunts for a single, did the shift work?

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Wed, 18 May 2016 10:37:22 CDT

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Tough guys and posers: How to tell the difference missed by Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article78147417.html#storylink=rss Posers huff and puff; tough guys fight

Turns out Rougned Odor is a tough guy

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Tue, 17 May 2016 16:17:26 CDT

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Wade Davis’ blown save shows why some expectations are unreasonable http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article77867027.html#storylink=rss Davis turns out to be human

Why you don’t pitch inside in extra innings

How Sunday chewed up the pitching staff

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Mon, 16 May 2016 10:55:08 CDT

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The Royals’ winning formula and why it isn’t working now http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article77757722.html#storylink=rss Starting pitchers need to keep the score low

Base runners need to pressure the other team

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Sun, 15 May 2016 09:55:22 CDT

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The inside story on Edinson Volquez: Pitching in leads to success http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article77642862.html#storylink=rss Pitchers have to knock hitters off the plate

Pitching inside helps Volquez succeed; his sinker was effective Friday

Also: The Royals didn’t try to pull the ball Friday with runners in scoring position

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Sat, 14 May 2016 10:38:07 CDT

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Royals escape home-run happy New York but still have pitching problems http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article77434622.html#storylink=rss Home runs are only part of the story

You can’t defend a walk

The Royals are back in a park that should favor them

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Fri, 13 May 2016 11:55:26 CDT

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Have the Kansas City Royals earned our trust? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article77199102.html#storylink=rss The Royals have scuffled lately

Negative comments have become more common

But these are not the “same old Royals”

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Thu, 12 May 2016 12:04:47 CDT

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What went wrong for the Royals on Tuesday in New York, Part III http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76959197.html#storylink=rss The backend of the bullpen couldn’t get the job done

And the defense didn’t help

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Wed, 11 May 2016 11:20:20 CDT

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What went wrong for the Royals on Tuesday in New York, Part II http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76947367.html#storylink=rss At least the Royals started hitting

Escobar may have bunted on his own

Is Soria quick-pitching batters?

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Wed, 11 May 2016 10:28:30 CDT

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What went wrong for the Royals on Tuesday in New York, Part I http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76933372.html#storylink=rss Kris Medlen has a poor start and Royals can’t afford for him to work it out

Did a ball “snake” on Lorenzo Cain when three runs scored in the third?

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Wed, 11 May 2016 09:02:23 CDT

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Struggling Royals pitcher Chris Young and the mystery of ‘life’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76734757.html#storylink=rss Young says his pitches lack “life” and he needs to get that back

He has pitched better at home than on the road

Should Young come out of the Royals’ starting rotation?

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Tue, 10 May 2016 11:57:17 CDT

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Looking at the Royals' options in the starting rotation http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76733032.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 12:03:39 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76733032.html Cheslor Cuthbert and the contact play http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76524272.html#storylink=rss A poor lead and breaking at the wrong time hurt the Royals in Sunday’s loss

It’s only one play, but it made a difference

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Mon, 09 May 2016 11:40:50 CDT

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Watch: Rusty Kuntz talks about his game-winning RBI in the 1984 World Series http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76503917.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ first-base coach won the World Series with Detroit

Kuntz explains why Kirk Gibson won’t ever let him forget his sacrifice fly against the Padres

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Mon, 09 May 2016 09:43:21 CDT

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Rusty Kuntz on his 'game-winning RBI' in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76496157.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 08:46:10 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76496157.html Ian Kennedy and the shutdown inning http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76417287.html#storylink=rss Pay attention to what happens after the Royals have a big inning

Their pitcher needs to provide a shutdown inning

Ian Kennedy escaped a jam in the bottom of the first

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Sun, 08 May 2016 08:55:38 CDT

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The Royals are not controlling what they can: allowing walks http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76274787.html#storylink=rss Walks played a role in six of the seven Cleveland runs in Friday’s 7-1 loss

The Royals aren’t hitting so the pitchers need to step it up

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Sat, 07 May 2016 09:36:59 CDT

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The 2011 Royals: a turning point we missed at the time http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article76064907.html#storylink=rss If there had been a popular vote on GMs, we would have fired Dayton Moore back then

Even though they went 71-91 that year, the Royals’ run of success actually started in 2011

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Fri, 06 May 2016 11:51:25 CDT

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Why Eric Hosmer got ejected from Wednesday’s ballgame http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article75791757.html#storylink=rss You can argue with the umpire, but you can’t show him up

Getaway day might change some calls

The three errors were not routine plays

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Thu, 05 May 2016 10:40:09 CDT

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How to miss a fly ball in the outfield; an expert weighs in http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article75793552.html#storylink=rss Both Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson missed fly balls over their heads during series vs. Washington

Mediocre outfielders play deep

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Thu, 05 May 2016 10:44:39 CDT

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Royals are struggling to score runs because the line isn’t moving http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article75333387.html#storylink=rss The team doesn’t need a new game plan; it needs to do better executing the game plan it has

That means not trying to do too much with a runner in scoring position

They should hit the ball up the middle; the home runs will come when the weather warms up

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Tue, 03 May 2016 12:28:59 CDT

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Have you heard the story about Mike Jirschele getting a haircut after the 2014 World Series? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article75285622.html#storylink=rss Royals third-base coach was criticized in some circles for not sending Alex Gordon home in Game 7

Some people even asked Jirschele about it, even though they didn’t realize who they were talking with

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Tue, 03 May 2016 08:23:01 CDT

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