Royals/Mets World Series Preview Episode with guest Gary Mack From Mets Musings

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The Royals had their backs against the wall in Houston, came back, and won the ALDS. They faced a juggernaut. A powerhouse. A wrecking ball of an offense, but held on to beat Toronto in the ALCS.

And as a result, they won their fourth American League pennant and second in as many years.

What a world.

The Royals go on to face the Mets in the World Series, so we talked with Gary Mack from MetsMusings.com to get some insight on the Mets and to share our Royals thoughts with him and his listeners.

This is going to be a series of matchups: fastball throwers vs. fastball hitters. A powerful Mets team against a scrappy Royals team.

We also had to talk about the makeup of the Royals playoff roster and of course had to talk about the anxiety that we ran into during the Blue Jays series up until a remarkable Lorenzo Cain run, and Wade Davis’s unlikely return from rain delay.

It was a fun show and we’re hoping our next episode is celebrating a Royals World Championship.

Recorded 10/26/15

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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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Royals Concerns and Optimism: Pre-Playoffs Edition

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The Royals have clinched the AL Central, but the rough September has raised some questions.

We brought up some of those concerns and discussed how this year’s team is different from last year’s.
But we didn’t want to dwell on the negatives, because this Royals team has a lot going for it. So we compared last year’s offense to this year’s. We raved about roster flexibility and safety nets in case of injury.

And we also talked about why not having home field advantage for the ALCS isn’t something to panic about.

Recorded 9/29/15

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Royals Pitching Staff Adjustments and Playoff Possibilities

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This week, we talked about the demotion of Greg Holland and its impact on the bullpen plus the game of musical chairs taking place with the pitching staff. Appropriately, we recorded during a particularly disastrous Jeremy Guthrie start…

Then we talked about Alex Rios’s hot streak, Kendrys Morales’s huge Sunday, and the depth of the Royals’ lineup this year.

After a break, we checked in on the playoff standings and the potential matchups ahead, including some of the weaknesses the other teams have that make them less scary.

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Step Back From That Ledge My Friend: On the Royals’ Four Game Skid and Panic

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We recorded this week’s episode as the Royals were seeking to snap a four game skid that sent the fanbase into an anxious frenzy.

We talked about a few of the legitimate concerns, but also wanted to point out the big picture: a talented team with a big division lead, with the calendar getting shorter every day.

In the past, the Royals rebounded strongly after four game losing streaks and we looked at the potential for that trend to continue (and after we finished recording, the Royals did snap the four game losing streak and all was well).

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During last week’s episode we told you about the Royals Twitter Kickball event on September 19. As a reminder, more info is on our post here or at RTFKickballClassic.com. Darin Watson at Pine Tar Press also wrote something about this event that benefits the Bishop Sullivan Center.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault (8/4/15) – Royals Are Bad Boys Again and Recapping Trading Deadline

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Well, the Royals found themselves in the middle of the diamond in a scrum again, this time trading words with Toronto over the weekend.

As a result, the Royals are wearing the “bad boy” tag again, after a couple months of no such incidents. Jeff and Mike talked about the fallout from that series and the perception – again – that the Royals are troublemakers.

Then we talked about the trading deadline and the teams that improved and what it means for the rest of the AL and the Royals, plus the matchups that might best benefit the Royals.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault – That Time the Royals Traded For Johnny Cueto

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With the best record in the AL and the biggest lead of any division-leading team, the Royals went out and got better.

We talked about the big, unprecedented (for the Royals) trade that sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals for Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed.

Not only is Cueto an ace, but his arrival also impacts the overall pitching staff and could help Yordano Ventura down the line as well.

We also discussed some other trade targets for the Royals and potential extensions for Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain.

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