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: 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).

The Kansas City Baseball Vault is brought to you every week by Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Sources and references for this week:

Email your thoughts to kansascitybaseballvault@gmail.com
Follow us at @KCBaseballVault
Follow the hosts at @KCRoyalman, @TheJeffReport, and @michaelengel

And visit Royalspodcast.com for all the latest shows by and for Royals fans.

Riding the Royalcoaster and Talking Plate Approach

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This week, the Kansas City Baseball Vault covered a lot of topics, starting with the controversial decision by MLB Advanced Media to pull the plug on multiple fan podcasts on iTunes. The Royals Podcast Network was among the iTunes casualties, and we explained where things stand – long story short, not much is going to change at all, and if you’re listening now, you’ve found other ways to hear our show. Keep checking in on Soundcloud, Stitcher Radio, any other podcast app, or RoyalsPodcast.com for new episodes.

Then we covered the crazy weekend, the awful Monday night loss in San Diego, and the small bit of redemption through Wednesday. The Royals seem to be showing some life after a rough start to May that brought back painful memories of last season’s awful May.

The bulk of our discussion centered around plate approach and the importance of valuing at bats and getting on base. We compared some Dayton Moore quotes to some winning teams’ track records with OBP and other stats to find a consistent model for winning and where the Royals are in fitting that mold.

Finally we talked about the upcoming series in Seattle and the upcoming homestand.

Sources for this week:

Thanks to Kelly’s Westport Inn for helping us bring you Royals discussion every week.

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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Email your thoughts to kansascitybaseballvault@gmail.com
Follow us at @KCBaseballVault
Follow the hosts at @KCRoyalman, @TheJeffReport, and @michaelengel

And visit Royalspodcast.com for all the latest shows by and for Royals fans.

Pine Tar Podcast with Mike Boddicker 5.6.14

Mike Boddicker talked this week about all things Royals including mechanics of hitters and pitchers, the possible greatness of Yordano Ventura and so much more. In addition David and Clint discuss the recent articles of Jeffrey Flanagan of Fox Sports Kansas City and Sam Mellinger of the KC Star.

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.

Kansas City Baseball Vault: Getting Nerdy About Homers at the K

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This week, we kicked things off by talking about the Royals’ trip to Cleveland and Baltimore – a mixed bag for sure.

Jeff and Mike raved about Yordano Ventura‘s outing against the Orioles and his poise and approach in his eight shutout innings on April 25. We also had to lament the close games lost in Cleveland, key AL Central contests.

But the meat of this week’s show was a deeper analysis of Kauffman Stadium and the following question: Are the Royals a team of guys who won’t hit homers at all, or is the stadium the biggest culprit?

By comparing what the Royals have hit over different eras, what other teams hit in the league (in and away from Kauffman), we came to a few conclusions and dug up some interesting facts. Last week, we just skimmed the surface. This week we looked at as much as we could from many different angles.

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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Email your thoughts to kansascitybaseballvault@gmail.com
Follow us at @KCBaseballVault
Follow the hosts at @KCRoyalman, @TheJeffReport, and @michaelengel

And visit Royalspodcast.com for all the latest shows by and for Royals fans.

Pine Tar Podcast with Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com

Jim Callis joined the show this week to talk about Yordano Ventura, Royals prospects including Raul Mondesi, Miguel Almonte and Kyle Zimmer as well as the 2014 MLB Draft and the College World Series. Also on this episode David and Clint discussed the difficulty of the LoCain loss and how offense is currently depressed in the major leagues.

Follow Jim @jimcallisMLB
Follow Clint @ClintScoles and David @DBLesky

Pine Tar Podcast Royals Spring Training Edition

Clint briefly spoke with Dayton Moore and Scott Sharp of the Royals front office. Also Clint and David discussed the announcement that Yordano Ventura won the last starting rotation spot as well as his outstanding spring training start versus the Texas Rangers. In addition Clint spoke about what he’s seen at spring training thus far.

WalkOff Talk: Be Prepared

In Episode 19, Ben and Audra wanted to get a bit of a feel for how the Royals are viewed by other baseball fans – some objective perspective, if you will. So they asked respected A’s fan and Twitter friend David Spencer (@oakfaninva) to come on and discuss some of the key differences between the A’s and the Royals, and Billy Beane and Dayton Moore. What Dave shares is pretty interesting, especially where Billy Beane is concerned. David is also a pitching coach, so Audra asked him to discuss the Duffy/Ventura competition for the Royals’ fifth starting rotation spot. Short show this week because Ben and Audra didn’t feel like they could match the greatness of the Spencer interview with any of their own stuff, so they left off talking a little about Ron Santo, whom Audra learned about this week. Enjoy. See ya next week!