Roster Math and the Extensions


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The Royals are in camp at spring training. Games are approaching on the calendar. A World Series title defense is about to begin. Pretty awesome, right?

This week, Craig Brown of Royals Authority fame joined Mike to discuss some of the roster decisions ahead, pitching depth (after the additions of Ross Ohlendorf, Brian Duensing, and Mike Minor), and the contract extensions of Ned Yost and Dayton Moore … and perhaps a future re-working of Salvador Perez‘s deal.

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The World Series Show

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There’s not a lot of analysis in this one, so if you like the numbers and the breakdowns week to week, this isn’t the one for you.

What we did, though, was reflect on the journey of following the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. In 2015. Over the course of our fandom. All of it.

We brought on Troy Olsen, who’s been along for the ride from afar, and shared stories of how we’ve come to appreciate this team and their story.

The Royals are World Series Champions.
Really.

Thank you for listening.

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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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WalkOff Talk Episode 37: Audra Gone Wild (Card)

Episode 37 brings you the first ever official Royals postseason edition of WalkOff Talk! Ben and Audra discuss postseason excitement, postseason joy, and postseason fever. The wild wildcard game, the possibilities in the upcoming ALDS, and more. POSTSEASON POSTSEASON POSTSEASON. The least sad these two have ever been on a show. Maybe. Enjoy! If we’re lucky, the next time you’ll hear us will be for an ALCS show.

Kansas City Baseball Vault: 10/1/14 – “Wild”

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After 29 years, postseason baseball returned to Kansas City. Jeff and Mike talked with Kevin Scobee about Tuesday night’s wild card game and the elements that went into the Royals’ comeback.

But we looked a little past just the events of the game. We talked about the impact a game like this has and what it means about how the Royals have been constructed, including a focus on specialists, speed, leadership, and an emphasis on contact in a strikeout world.

Then Kevin took off, but we kept going, this time talking about some of the weird moments – the Ventura decision, the bunts, the double “steal” – and how it fits with Ned Yost’s track record.

But it’s a happy time, so we had to also talk about what is to come and the Angels and the ALDS and what other impressions we have from the Wild Card game.

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Pine Tar Podcast Omaha Championship and Royals Meltdown

In the latest episode of the Pine Tar Podcast David and Clint discuss the recent Royals Ned Yost, Aaron Crow Sunday meltdown loss. As well as some ways Ned should be using bench players and how his management style could be leading to the mental failures of the team.

Also on this episode Clint discusses Aaron Brooks spectacular PCL pitching performance that lead Omaha to another AAA PCL title. Audio included from Brooks, the celebration and Chasers manager Brian Poldberg.

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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 29

Hunter and Reese talk this week about the surging Royals, who are in position to make the playoffs. We also talk about the heartwarming Sung Woo Lee sensation. It wouldn’t be Royals podcast if we didn’t complain a little. Ned Yost and Dayton Moore’s roster construction continues to be baffling as they carried 8 relievers into this week, despite using only five of them. Nonetheless, it was a great week to be a Royals fan and we were not immune to its charms.

Billy Butler’s production hasn’t gone unnoticed. We talk about his impressive numbers in the past few weeks and even talk about the possibility of extending him if the production continues.

The national scene was treated to an early showing of Javier Baez’s beautiful and powerful swing that looks a lot like Sheffield’s.

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Gary Sheffield and Javier Baez Side by Side.

We also take a moment or ten to reflect on the careers of Bobby Abreu, who was DFA’d after tailspinning, and Josh Beckett, who had a season-ending hip injury.

We break down a few trades along the way as well.

Kansas City Baseball Vault: Sam Mellinger Talks Royals’ Growing Pains

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This week the Kansas City Baseball Vault welcomed back Sam Mellinger from the Kansas City Star who talked about the Royals and their response to pressure after reaching (and falling out of) first place.

He discussed the offensive struggles of Eric Hosmer and how he should be moved down, as well as the Royals front office’s approach to praise and criticism. Mellinger also talked about his newest project, “The Art of Scouting”, a book by he and Art Stewart, Royals Hall of Famer and longtime scout. That book is due out in July.

After Sam went to go cover the game, Jeff and Mike talked about Hosmer some more and some of the factors that might have Ned Yost keeping him in the #3 spot. They also talked about lineup construction and its importance (or perhaps lack thereof) and looked at some alternative batting orders.

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Pine Tar Podcast With Sam Mellinger of the KC Star 4.30.14

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star stopped by to talk about Billy Butler‘s struggles, the event that could become a Yordano Ventura, predicting pitching injuries and Ned Yost media savvy. Also David and Clint ramble on about Kyle Zimmer, Bruce Chen and the Royals lack of offense.

WalkOff Talk Episode 22: Dear Lord(e)

In Episode 22, Ben and Audra finally – FINALLY! – get to cut their teeth on regular-season game analysis by dissecting the Royals’ Opening Day loss to the Detroit Tigers. Ben and Audra discuss whose fault it was, or whether it was anyone’s fault. Names that come up in the blame game discussion include: Ned Yost, Greg Holland, Wade Davis, Aaron Crow, Mike Moustakas, Omar Infante, Nori Aoki, and Salvador Perez. The middle segment contains a short bit of history on late Royal Dan Quisenberry. The final segment includes a discussion of pitching roles, more specifically the closer, and whether adherence to tradition is always the best strategy. Ancillary segments include: Who won Ben and Audra’s bet?, Are there spiders in Audra’s uterus?, and Is QuikTrip gasoline inferior quality?