Triple Play Podcast – Episode 53

This week we have another MONSTER show. We preview the NL Central, wrapping up the National League. We also cover the Indians and what they have in store this season.

Mike Moustakas says he’ll bunt more and Mike Sweeney was voted into the Royals Hall of Fame.
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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 50

We actually had some news this week. The Royals reached deals with Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas and Danny Duffy.

Around the league, we talked about Wade Miley’s extension with the Red Sox. Ryan Ludwick and Nate Schierholtz signed minor league deals with the Rangers and will form an interesting platoon.

We also talk a long while about the one and only James Shields who signed a 4-year deal with the San Diego Padres.

Kansas City Baseball Vault: 10/13/14 – Rainout and ALCS Toughts

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With the Royals rained out, Jeff and Mike talked about the incredible Royals playoff run, including the importance of the bullpen in a postseason series, the strategy between the Orioles and Royals, the sudden power surge by KC, and what the rainout does to the Royals plan for the rotation.

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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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