While the All-Star Game was starting up, we got to talking about the second half and our frustrations with the way the Royals finished the first half.

Most of our time was spent answering some listener questions about the podcast, the Royals, and baseball in general.

That led us down the path of talking about the Royals player evaluation approach and the blindspots they run into when looking at players, including Irving Falu, David Lough, Johnny Giavotella and others. We also talked about some roster moves and the Royals use of their minor leagues to keep the bullpen fresh.

And we also talked about the promotions of Kyle Zimmer and Lane Adams to Double A. That led us to talk a bit about Bubba Starling as well (who, along with Adams and Jason Adam formed a group called “The Tripod” in spring training before last year).

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