Triple Play Podcast – Episode 36

The League Championship Series have begun and the Royals are the talk of the baseball world. They took two on the road against the Baltimore Orioles which is the type of performance that has invariably led to a World Series appearance since 1985, when the series changed to a seven game set.

On the other side of the world, the Giants beat the Cardinals behind another sterling appearance by Madison Bumgardner, who extended his scoreless inning streak to a record-setting 26 2/3 in the playoffs.

The Baltimore Orioles extended J.J. Hardy for a 3 year/$40 million contract with a vesting option. We all had reservations about the deal, regardless of the difficult position the Orioles faced.

Then we talk about the Royals. Lorenzo Cain has been a one man defensive highlight real in the playoffs and Mike Moustakas has been a monster bat in the 9-spot. The team is scoring over six runs per game, which was the only piece of the puzzle they were missing.

Yordano Ventura left game two of the ALCS with shoulder tightness. It causes some worry.

Rumors have been flying about a James Shields extension and as much as we love Shields, there might be good reason not to sign him to a five year deal.

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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 35

This week, we dispense with the other news and focus on the Royals.

We recount the miraculous wild card game and talk and how much it meant to us as fans.

Eric Hosmer has been red hot, but more importantly, he looks like he knows what he is doing.

Mike Moustakas turned in his own heroic post-season performance, belting the go-ahead run (and eventual winning run) in game one of the ALDS. He also showed winning humility by bunting his way past the shift in game two.

The pitching staff has looked excellent and we touch on Jason Vargas’s and Yordano Ventura’s performances.

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Triple Play Podcast 21 – Polanco, Tigers, Surging Royals, Prospects

Hunter, Matt and Reese talk about the falling Detroit Tigers and the surging Royals. They are having tons of trouble at shortstop. The division is scrunched together and still a very tight race.

The Royals are hitting well, pitching well and they have great, gold glove defense all over the field. Danny Duffy has found some consistency and he’s limiting his pitch count. Moustakas has been average, Alex Gordon should be an MVP candidate, Escobar is on another hot streak.

We talk about how strong center field is in the National League. There are four center-fielders with above 140 wRC+.

We talk about some Royals prospects that have earned a promotion–Hunter Dozier, Christian Binford and Orlando Calixte.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: Moneyball and the Royals, Roster Depth, and the Unwritten Rules

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This week, the Kansas City Baseball Vault talked about the lack of depth and its leading to the Royals bringing Mike Moustakas back and Aaron Brooks into a spot start.

That tied into a discussion of Rany Jazayerli’s column in the Kansas City Star about the Royals’ development system and a comparison to the Oakland A’s and how they approach their roster construction based on an article by Joe Posnanski. The Royals tend to assume things will come together; the A’s take nothing for granted.

In the second segment, we brought up Dirk Hayhurst’s post on Deadspin about the Unwritten Rules of Baseball and how they can get absurd.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: Dejection, Losing, and Pitching Injury Insight with Kevin Scobee

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After the Royals were swept by the Houston Astros, there wasn’t a lot to be happy about on this week’s Kansas City Baseball Vault (presented by Kelly’s Westport Inn).

In the past week, the offense has tanked, Mike Moustakas was demoted, Yordano Ventura got rocked and came out of a game in the middle of an at bat, and Kyle Zimmer was shut down for weeks.

So.

We tried. We really tried to be upbeat, but sometimes, there’s just not much joy to be had.

Nonetheless, we powered through it and talked about the rough stretch, then we brought in Kevin Scobee, former pitcher at Park University and pitching instructor at Regal Athletic to talk about the kinetics of pitching and how that relates to what the Royals do in their training and how it may relate to the Ventura and Zimmer injuries.

We also discussed resistance to change, the Royals approach to swing paths, and there was even a cameo from Jeff’s dog (dogs always make things better).

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Triple Play Podcast 19 – Kluber, Shields, Valencia, & the “War on WAR”

With Matt away on a super-secret mission, Hunter and Reese talk about Josh Beckett’s no-hitter and how cool they are.

Even though many people are calling Corey Kluber an “Ace,” Hunter and Reese take exception to the title. As soon as his strikeouts start falling, he’ll be in big trouble, especially in front of the Indians’ laughably bad defense.

Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan wrote a curmudgeony, unoriginal, attack against statheads in his new “War on WAR.” Hunter and Reese dismantle his opinions.

On the Royals front, they talk about James Shields, who can make a strong case to be considered an “Ace.” Also, Danny Valencia probably won’t continue his current level of production and the Royals will need a real solution at 3B now that Moose is in Omaha.

Finally, we introduce a segment about stats and tackle wRC+ to help people understand what numbers we use and why we use them.

 

WalkOff Talk Episode 28: The Kamler

Episode 28 opens up with some talk about…”lady jam.” Whatever that means. Listen and you may or may not find out.

Ben also discusses his weekend trip to Colorado and Coors Field. Chris Kamler appears as a guest this week, and discusses some of the finer points of umpiring, and whether robots could do a better job than humans. He also discusses some of the media frenzy around the news/non-news about 810 and Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, and basically whether 810 made news out of nothing. Show closes up with some good ol’-fashioned hemorrhoid discussion.

BONUS: OBAMA GUEST APPEARANCE AS WELL.

Triple Play Podcast 18 – Ex-Royals, Moose, Trades

Hunter Matt and Reese talk about a few ex-Royals who all hit the news at the same time. Chris Getz retired. Miguel Tejada signed with the Marlins. Jesse Chavez found a career as a starting pitcher somehow.

The Royals offense continues to suffer, but not as bad as it had been. Mike Moustakas is on the edge of demotion, but the team is still keeping him around. That may change when Omar Infante returns.

We play hypothetical with the trade market and wonder what might happen if the Royals become sellers by the All-Star break. We also explore the possibilities if they become buyers.

Kansas City Baseball Vault: Duffy’s Great Start, Moustakas Alternatives, and the Great Stats Wars

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This week we had a lot to cover, including Danny Duffy‘s bid for a perfect game, Alex Gordon‘s bombs on Sunday, Sal Perez getting hurt, Justin Maxwell getting designated for assignment, 810 Zone snubs, and some developments in baseball that could lead to an alternative to Mike Moustakas.

Along with that, we also talked about some of the newly unveiled features of MLB’s developing player tracking system and some ways it can be applied, which led to a discussion about just how to enjoy the game. There’s been some discussion recently about the split between casual fan and hardcore stathead fan and how the game should be watched. Locally, Bob Fescoe has been critical of those who like to look at stats, while Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe wrote a column suggesting that stat fans only wanted to look at stats and not watch the game.

Jeff and Mike think there’s room for both, and they tell you why that is and how they watch a ballgame, and what that means in relation to the stats that are out there.

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Also keep your calendar clear for Memorial Day weekend. Our sponsor, Kelly’s Westport Inn, is helping host a block party with their neighbors at McCoy’s on May 25 at 8 p.m. It’s a $5 cover and local band Lost Wax takes the stage at 9:30.

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Triple Play Podcast 17 – Drew, Royals, Draft, Tornado?

This week’s Triple Play Podcast features the show’s first cliffhanger as Hunter is attacked by a tornado mid-podcast.

We talk about the Rays and their rotation woes. Chris Getz was DFA’d and that couldn’t go without mentioning. The Yankees contemplate signing Stephen Drew because Derek Jeter just might not make it through the year.

The Royals pitching staff has been outstanding and we talk about their impressive numbers of late, especially Danny Duffy. There’s almost no way to avoid talking about the poor offense and Mike Moustakas‘s continued struggles, so we don’t fight it.

For the first time this year, we talk about the draft and Matt has some ideas on who the Royals should draft.

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