Looking Way Too Far Ahead – Opening the post-2017 Window


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If you look at the Royals’ financial commitments past 2017, it’s pretty obvious that a lot of guys on the team today won’t be around two years from now.

Many of the contracts on the team will expire after 2017, so we tried to assess the situation and think of what the fate of the bigger likely-to-depart names might be, weighing the cases of Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Wade Davis, specifically.

Joining Mike this week as guest co-host is Ben Nielsen, formerly of the Walkoff Talk podcast and various KC sports blogs. You can follow him on Twitter at @BenThereBro.

NOTE – Part of the conversation referenced future free agents, comparing current Royals to that crop. Unfortunately, we were going off a list of free agents for the year AFTER this class, which does change the equation a bit, at least so far as comparing potential Royals free agents to other free agents. Cain in particular won’t have as star-studded a cast to contend against when he’s a free agent, and Moustakas won’t have Donaldson or Machado to fend off. To me, the general conclusion is the same – that Moose and Cain are probably most likely to stick and have situations best-suited to find something now if they can – even if the steps to get to that point are slightly different. Thanks to Hunter Samuels for catching our error. The responsible parties have been sacked.

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On Comebacks and Previewing ALDS Game 5

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After another historic comeback win by the Royals in the postseason, the ALDS goes to a deciding Game 5.

It comes down to a Johnny Cueto start.

But first, we talked about the Game 4 comeback and the approach that saved the Royals season.

Then we looked at Game 5, wondering if the big comeback can fuel the Royals to another win and another big run like last season. We asked if Dallas Keuchel would pull a Madison Bumgarner, if Eric Hosmer has turned it back on, and if the Royals can pull it off.

Recorded 10/13/15

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Reviewing Predictions and Waiting For The ALDS

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While the Yankees and Astros played the AL Wild Card Game, Jeff and Mike went back in time to see how some pre-season predictions finished up.

We discussed the production and maturation of Eric Hosmer, the breakout of Lorenzo Cain, the impact Kris Medlen and Chris Young had on the pitching staff, and the tumultuous seasons from Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura.

We also speculated about how the Yankees or Astros would match up with the Royals in an ALDS matchup (the Astros ended up winning after the recording had concluded).

Recorded 10/6/15

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Sizing Up the American League Contenders

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This week on the Vault we took a look at some of the key players on this Royals team. We discussed the breakout seasons of Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, as well as talked about the performances of Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura lately.

Then we discussed other AL contenders, taking a look at which teams might be the toughest matchups in October and compared a few records – in one-run games, at home, on the road, etc. – to make our choice. Tell us which team you least want to face in the comments or email your thoughts to kansascitybaseballvault@gmail.com

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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 62

This week we talk about the Huston Street extension, the Phillies promotion of Maikel Franco, the Astros promotion of Lance McCullers and the MLB/Atlantic League player agreement.

On the Royals side of things, we talk about Joe Blanton’s promotion, troubles with the rotation and the red hot Royals corner infielders.

KCBBV – 5/11/15 – First Place Chatter And Mike Groopman of the Royals Talks Analytics

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After a big series win in Detroit, the Royals remained in first place, despite some adversity and injury. Jeff and Mike talked about the formula for success as well as some concerns for the next five months of the season.

Then we welcomed Mike Groopman to the show as our guest. Groopman is Director of Operations/Analytics for the Kansas City Royals. He discussed the philosophy behind building an analytics department, the evolution of the Royals’ approach to analytics, and the support he’s gotten from the organization and how he interacts with other parts of the ballclub.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault — Royals Over /Under Prediction Jamboree

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This time around, we talked about the bullpen battles and how the roster is starting to round into shape two weeks from opening day, including the optioning of Brandon Finnegan to Double A.

The bulk of this week’s show, though, was spent guessing at the production of various Royals in 2015 via our first annual KCBBV Royals Over/Under Jamboree. Will Kendrys Morales hit more than or less than 15 homers? Will Danny Duffy throw more or less than 200 innings? We brought up a handful of other benchmarks and tried to peg which Royals would exceed or fall short of that number.

There was also at least one Pitch Perfect reference.

(The Ned Yost clip is an autotune production by Twitter follower @PeraKCnRoyals. You can find his YouTube channel here.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: 02/18/15 – Talking ZiPS with Dan Szymborski

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This week, we welcomed ESPN writer and Fangraphs contributor Dan Szymborski to the show. Szymborski is the creator of the ZiPS projection system geared towards projected each player on each team during the winter.

We talked to Dan about what ZiPS is trying to do and the nature of statistical evaluation and its pitfalls and successes, including long-term trends, different WAR calculations, and those who may dismiss such tomfoolery.

We also talked about the prognosis for this year, and what may be in store for the Royals including his most likely choice to breakout and to bust.

There was also some nonsense in the outtakes and a dynamite Lee Judge impersonation. You can (and should) follow Dan on Twitter at @DSyzmborski.

(Editor’s note: Some technical problems cut out about three minutes in the beginning, so let me summarize Dan’s explanation of ZiPS: it’s a computer program geared towards projecting the future with multiple factors in play and multiple simulations, trying to get as close as possible with information available.)

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: 11/3/14 – World Series Recap and What Happens Next

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After some time off to watch the World Series, we put off recording the first offseason show long enough.

Of course, the Royals did not finish their dream run through the playoffs, but it was still a great showing. We talked about the memories, the new fans, and just how special the 2014 season turned out to be, even if Madison Bumgarner ended it.

And since the season is over, we looked at the impact of departing free agents, mostly notably Billy Butler (whose option for 2015 was declined by the team), James Shields, and Nori Aoki.

Is this the only time we’ll see the Royals in the playoffs this generation, or can they keep building on this?

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Pine Tar Podcast World Series Preview 10.20.14

David and Clint preview the upcoming World Series with the San Francisco Giants with a large focus on Game 1 that features superb Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. Also featured on this podcast Dayton Moore to Atlanta is discussed, Ned Yost comfort level, the play of Eric Hosmer as well as predictions for series MVP.

Special Thanks to Ryan Witkowski for allowing us to use his intro. Follow him @RyanWitkowski

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