Kansas City Royals

Glenn Sparkman

Pitching
Earned Run Average 5.00 24th
Quality Starts 52 7th
WHIP 1.46 28th
BAA .272 28th
Batting
Runs 542 27th
Batting Average .243 26th
On Base Percentage .306 27th
Slugging Percentage .397 28th
2019 AL Central Standings
TEAM W L PCT STRK
Minnesota 77 50 .606 L1
Cleveland 74 54 .578 L3
Chicago 58 69 .457 W2
Kansas City 45 83 .352 L2
Detroit 38 87 .304 L1
Injuries
  • SP
    Danny Duffy (Hamstring) 10-day IL (08/04)
  • C
    Salvador Perez (Elbow) is out for season
  • SP
    Jesse Hahn (Elbow) 60-day IL (03/25)
  • SS
    Adalberto Mondesi (Shoulder) 10-day IL (07/17)
  • C
    Cam Gallagher (Oblique) 10-day IL (08/08)
  • SP
    Eric Skoglund (Suspension) 80 game suspension
  • SP
    Trevor Oaks (Hip) 60-day IL (03/25)

Kansas City Royals News

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  • Bulldoz. https://t.co/jdI2rJH7BP

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  • Who gets it?#AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/7HQQ2RTKqx

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    Royals Review: Game 129: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians

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    Kansas City Royals (45-83) @ Cleveland Indians (74-54)

    Jakob Junis (8-11, 4.78 ERA) vs. Zach Plesac (6-4, 3.53 ERA)

    First pitch- 6:10 CT

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

    Quick Hits:

    Eric Skoglund re-called from Triple-A Omaha, Richard Lovelady optioned. Skoglund will start Sunday according to Ned Yost.
    Kansas City will wear all-white for its Players' Weekend uniform.
    Junis has allowed three runs or less in three starts in August. (18 1 / 3 innings, six earned runs).
    In his last 15 games, Bubba Starling is 6-51 with 20 strikeouts.

    Kansas City Royals (45-83) @ Cleveland Indians (74-54)

    Jakob Junis (8-11, 4.78 ERA) vs. Zach Plesac (6-4, 3.53 ERA)

    First pitch- 6:10 CT

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

    Quick Hits:

    Eric Skoglund re-called from Triple-A Omaha, Richard Lovelady optioned. Skoglund will start Sunday according to Ned Yost.
    Kansas City will wear all-white for its Players' Weekend uniform.
    Junis has allowed three runs or less in three starts in August. (18 1 / 3 innings, six earned runs).
    In his last 15 games, Bubba Starling is 6-51 with 20 strikeouts.

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  • Shorts gives us the scoop on his cleats for #PlayersWeekend.#AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/cTpJfEJ46s

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    Royals Review: Cleveland Indians Series Preview: Last battle of the season

    The Royals are currently circling the drain if they haven't already circled it. Now they head to Cleveland where they'll have an opportunity to help the Indians get closer to the Minnesota Twins for the American League Central division title. The Indians have a pretty different look than the last time these two teams faced off with Trevor Bauer gone and Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes in the mix. The offense now looks much stronger and the pitching staff had plenty without Bauer to march on. They were expecting Corey Kluber back for this series, but he suffered a setback in his rehab so they'll have to go without him, but they've been so good that it probably doesn't matter all that much.

    The Royals are currently circling the drain if they haven't already circled it. Now they head to Cleveland where they'll have an opportunity to help the Indians get closer to the Minnesota Twins for the American League Central division title. The Indians have a pretty different look than the last time these two teams faced off with Trevor Bauer gone and Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes in the mix. The offense now looks much stronger and the pitching staff had plenty without Bauer to march on. They were expecting Corey Kluber back for this series, but he suffered a setback in his rehab so they'll have to go without him, but they've been so good that it probably doesn't matter all that much.

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  • El Nio approves.#PlayersWeekend // #AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/msI7xs9hr7

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    Royals Review: The most basic sports move I could never do

    A good pop-up slide; my great white buffalo.

    Something I was never able to get right in little league and I'm confident in saying it will never happen. I could hire a personal slide coach, work on it for a year, and still not be able to do it. And it's legitimately the easiest damn thing for a baseball player. More players struggle with separating frozen hamburger patties or flying drones than a nice, smooth, feet first pop-up slide. Even Billy Butler KINDA did one.

    I had this realization back in little league so I made the decision to go head first in my next opportunity.

    A good pop-up slide; my great white buffalo.

    Something I was never able to get right in little league and I'm confident in saying it will never happen. I could hire a personal slide coach, work on it for a year, and still not be able to do it. And it's legitimately the easiest damn thing for a baseball player. More players struggle with separating frozen hamburger patties or flying drones than a nice, smooth, feet first pop-up slide. Even Billy Butler KINDA did one.

    I had this realization back in little league so I made the decision to go head first in my next opportunity.

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    Royals Review: Let's discuss what went right for Dayton Moore last offseason

    Time to give some credit where it's due.

    Earlier this week, I wrote about how by any standard, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore had an abysmal off season.

    One name I left off the ledger (intentionally, not to conform to some preconceived notion) was Homer Bailey. Bailey was excluded for two reasons.

    One: He was not on the Opening Day roster. Opening Day is not some arbitrary point on the baseball calendar. It's literally the first day of the season. It's the data point where payrolls are calculated. Even though he was as good as on the team when they broke camp, Bailey was not officially on the roster.

    Time to give some credit where it's due.

    Earlier this week, I wrote about how by any standard, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore had an abysmal off season.

    One name I left off the ledger (intentionally, not to conform to some preconceived notion) was Homer Bailey. Bailey was excluded for two reasons.

    One: He was not on the Opening Day roster. Opening Day is not some arbitrary point on the baseball calendar. It's literally the first day of the season. It's the data point where payrolls are calculated. Even though he was as good as on the team when they broke camp, Bailey was not officially on the roster.

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    Fansided: Kansas City Royals: 3 prospects to keep tabs on in 2020

    The Kansas City Royals 2019 season has not gone the way they had hoped and are just a few games from officially being eliminated depsite their dysmal record already implying so. However, the future is bright for this franchise as they have done well re-stocking prospects.

    A team desperately in need of future starting pitchers did just that in the 2018 MLB Draft, taking 5 collegiate pitchers in the first two rounds. Only Danny Duffy, Jesse Hahn, and Jake Junis are under contract or team control next season. Mike Montgomery is under team control through 2021 and it remains to be seen if the Royals intend to keep him in the rotation long-term.

    The Kansas City Royals 2019 season has not gone the way they had hoped and are just a few games from officially being eliminated depsite their dysmal record already implying so. However, the future is bright for this franchise as they have done well re-stocking prospects.

    A team desperately in need of future starting pitchers did just that in the 2018 MLB Draft, taking 5 collegiate pitchers in the first two rounds. Only Danny Duffy, Jesse Hahn, and Jake Junis are under contract or team control next season. Mike Montgomery is under team control through 2021 and it remains to be seen if the Royals intend to keep him in the rotation long-term.

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    Royals Review: Game 116 can finally be put to rest as Royals fall to Red Sox 5-4

    It took 15 days, but the top of the 10th inning finally resumed between the Royals and Red Sox, continuing their August 7th rubber match. It lasted all of 13 minutes, with the Red Sox walking the Royals off 5-4 in the 10th.

    Nick Dini led off the 10th by lining out to first. He hit for Meibrys Viloria, who had doubled and driven in two back on the 7th. Red Sox reliever Josh Taylor was able to get the Royals in order.

    Kansas City sent Richard Lovelady to the mound, who struck out Andrew Benintendi but gave up a double to Christian Vazquez on his next pitch to put the winning run on second.

    It took 15 days, but the top of the 10th inning finally resumed between the Royals and Red Sox, continuing their August 7th rubber match. It lasted all of 13 minutes, with the Red Sox walking the Royals off 5-4 in the 10th.

    Nick Dini led off the 10th by lining out to first. He hit for Meibrys Viloria, who had doubled and driven in two back on the 7th. Red Sox reliever Josh Taylor was able to get the Royals in order.

    Kansas City sent Richard Lovelady to the mound, who struck out Andrew Benintendi but gave up a double to Christian Vazquez on his next pitch to put the winning run on second.

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    Royals Review: A history of Royals games that were suspended

    Fresh off a game last night in Baltimore, the Royals will travel to Boston to play what could be as little as one inning of baseball as they resume a suspended game that originally began August 7. What do you need to know about the suspended game?

    Wait, why was a game suspended? Was it using steroids?

    By current rules, a game is suspended if a regular season game must be stopped, usually due to weather, and the game is either tied, or in the middle of an inning in which the visiting team has taken the lead and the home team has not been given a chance to tie.

    Fresh off a game last night in Baltimore, the Royals will travel to Boston to play what could be as little as one inning of baseball as they resume a suspended game that originally began August 7. What do you need to know about the suspended game?

    Wait, why was a game suspended? Was it using steroids?

    By current rules, a game is suspended if a regular season game must be stopped, usually due to weather, and the game is either tied, or in the middle of an inning in which the visiting team has taken the lead and the home team has not been given a chance to tie.

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    Fansided: Kansas City Royals: Montgomery struggles in series loss to Orioles

    When the Kansas City Royals made the trade to acquire swingman starter Mike Montgomery in exchange for Martin Maldonado last month, it made a ton of sense. Montgomery expressed interest in being a starter again despite remaining in the bullpen for the Chicago Cubs, who were in need of a backup catcher.

    He (Montgomery) took the loss in his first start with the Royals against the Cleveland Indians, allowing 5 earned runs while only striking out 1 batter in 6.0 innings of work. He had a career-best 12 strikeouts in the start against the Tigers back on August 10 but has struggled to find consistency.

    When the Kansas City Royals made the trade to acquire swingman starter Mike Montgomery in exchange for Martin Maldonado last month, it made a ton of sense. Montgomery expressed interest in being a starter again despite remaining in the bullpen for the Chicago Cubs, who were in need of a backup catcher.

    He (Montgomery) took the loss in his first start with the Royals against the Cleveland Indians, allowing 5 earned runs while only striking out 1 batter in 6.0 innings of work. He had a career-best 12 strikeouts in the start against the Tigers back on August 10 but has struggled to find consistency.

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    Fansided: Kansas City Royals: Team needs to keep Alex Gordon around in 2020

    It's extremely rare in this day and age to find a player who has played his entire career with one team but that's exactly what Alex Gordon has done with the Kansas City Royals. The former Nebraska Cornhusker was drafted in the 2005 Major League Amateur Draft as the second overall pick.

    He made his debut on April 2, 2007 against the Boston Red Sox. Gordon was an intergral part of that 2015 World Series team in which he slashed 0.271/0.377/0.432 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI's during the regular season. He missed several weeks with a groin injury but returned in time for the miraculous postseason run.

    It's extremely rare in this day and age to find a player who has played his entire career with one team but that's exactly what Alex Gordon has done with the Kansas City Royals. The former Nebraska Cornhusker was drafted in the 2005 Major League Amateur Draft as the second overall pick.

    He made his debut on April 2, 2007 against the Boston Red Sox. Gordon was an intergral part of that 2015 World Series team in which he slashed 0.271/0.377/0.432 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI's during the regular season. He missed several weeks with a groin injury but returned in time for the miraculous postseason run.

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    Royals Review: Royals allow lots of homers, lose 8-1

    Mike Montgomery and Tim Hill combined to give up four home runs against the second-worst team in baseball. They're so terrible. So are the Royals.

    The Baltimore Orioles, who entered yesterday with a 39-86 record, took two out of the three games this series. I have nothing witty or funny to say.

    Montgomery, who this team wanted for some reason as sellers at the deadline, gave up three runs in a second inning that ended with a bases-loaded double play, so it could have been worse.

    Whit Merrifield hit a homer in the third, his 15th, to bring the Royals back within two at 3-1.

    Mike Montgomery and Tim Hill combined to give up four home runs against the second-worst team in baseball. They're so terrible. So are the Royals.

    The Baltimore Orioles, who entered yesterday with a 39-86 record, took two out of the three games this series. I have nothing witty or funny to say.

    Montgomery, who this team wanted for some reason as sellers at the deadline, gave up three runs in a second inning that ended with a bases-loaded double play, so it could have been worse.

    Whit Merrifield hit a homer in the third, his 15th, to bring the Royals back within two at 3-1.

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    Around the Horn in KC: Royals Prospects Kris Bubic and Rudy Martin Earn Weekly Honors

    When Minor League Baseball unveiled its weekly award winners, for the second week in a row two members of the Royals organization were among the honorees for the period of August 12-18. Wilmington southpaw Kris Bubic was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, while Lexington outfielder Rudy Martin earned the South Atlantic League Player of the Week award.

    LHP Kris Bubic

    Bubic's lone start of the week was a one-hit shutout win over Lynchburg on August 15. The 22-year-old faced one batter above the minimum and held the Hillcats hitless through eight innings in his second-straight complete-game win, while fanning 11 batters.

    When Minor League Baseball unveiled its weekly award winners, for the second week in a row two members of the Royals organization were among the honorees for the period of August 12-18. Wilmington southpaw Kris Bubic was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, while Lexington outfielder Rudy Martin earned the South Atlantic League Player of the Week award.

    LHP Kris Bubic

    Bubic's lone start of the week was a one-hit shutout win over Lynchburg on August 15. The 22-year-old faced one batter above the minimum and held the Hillcats hitless through eight innings in his second-straight complete-game win, while fanning 11 batters.

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