Looking At Royals Starting Pitching Options


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So now that the Royals have signed Alex Gordon, it’s time to add a starting pitcher.

This week, we looked at the names still out on the market, the best fits for the Royals, and the guys we want the Royals to take a chance on including likely targets such as Yovani Gallardo and Ian Kennedy, and pitchers who may be looking to re-establish some value, such as Tim Lincecum, Mat Latos, Doug Fister, or even veteran Mark Buehrle (if he wants to play this season).

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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

AND — we’re back on iTunes! Here’s where you need to go to find us. Of course, you can also follow the podcast on SoundCloud or via Stitcher depending on your podcast app of choice.

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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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September Call-Ups and Playoff Rotation Possibilities

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There was a lot to cover this week including the following:
-potential call-ups in September
-the impending debut of Miguel Almonte
-recent starts by Yordano Ventura
-figuring out who might be the fourth starter during the playoffs between Danny Duffy and Kris Medlen

Plus, while recording, the Royals announced the trade for outfielder Jonny Gomes, so we added some chatter about him as well.

During this episode we also 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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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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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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