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Royals Review: Royals Review Radio: The get ready for the draft episode
Max Rieper, Shaun Newkirk, and Alex Duvall talk about the first week of the Nicky Lopez era plus they help get you ready for the draft with some talk about who the Royals might take with the #2 pick.
Among the topics we discuss:
How Nicky Lopez looked in his first week.
When will it be Bubba Starling time?
The terrific pitching and lousy hitting for the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Who will the Royals take with the #2 pick and who should they take?
Here are links to some of the things we talked about:
You can also follow Max Rieper on Twitter at @maxrieper, Shaun Newkirk at @shauncore, and Alex Duvall at @duvy_013.
FINAL: #Royals 8, Cardinals 2#HEYHEYHEYHEY#AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/KF224vIocZ
Some broadcasts have a soundboard.We just have Rex. https://t.co/xXKqjaPrvS
(Three Mondi bags)#AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/yLM7FlmqHW
Lights, Cam-era, action.#AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/64NiQI4uz4
Royals Review: Royals at Cardinals: Doubleheader Thread
It's two games today for the Royals, who will take on the Cardinals at 12:15 pm CDT, and then once again at 6:45 pm as a day-night doubleheader.
Brad Keller and Michael Wacha will duel for game one.
Homer Bailey and Adam Wainwright will go tonight.
A seven-spot through three capped off by @solerpower12. https://t.co/GUFkjNV3vx
AND THAT'LL BRING EVERYBODY HOME. #AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/0n3YyJVdkC
Everybody executing.#KeepTheLineMoving#AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/ftwU3U07yY
Bull-Dozier sac fly breaks the ice in this one.#AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/VlF9yjiJAW
Royals Review: The Greinke trade that could have been
When the Royals traded Zack Greinke back in December of 2010 to the Brewers, they received a haul in terms of talent. Future franchise cornerstones Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, along with pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi were obtained for Greinke, Betancourt and cash. But did you know there was another trade proposal that could have happened, had Greinke not blocked it with his no-trade clause?
I'm not normally one for "what ifs", but a discussion in the comments the other day sparked a thought in my head. A comment was made expressing relief that Zack had blocked the initial trade.
Royals Review: Intentional or otherwise, the Royals are totally tanking
I want to quickly revisit an article I wrote last spring, in which I detailed the "Tanking Blueprint." For quick context, the topic of this article was that the MLB had a tanking problem, in which I then described tanking as proof for my claim. Here are the five basic rules I laid out for teams to follow when tanking:
Trade anyone of value on your major league roster for prospects.
Save as much money as possible by using as many players that you can that are still on their first contacts.
NumberFire: 3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 5/21/19
Christian Yelich has been phenomenal at home this season, but he's got a really tough matchup on tap tonight. Who else should we consider avoiding?
Baseball is heating up, and there are plenty of DFS contests to choose from on FanDuel's main slate. While we have plenty of pieces geared towards guys you should target in your DFS contests, it's also important to avoid sub-optimal options who are overpriced and/or in tough spots.Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers (OF)
vs Cincinnati Reds
FanDuel Price: $4,700
Alright Christian, quit playin'.
After moving to Milwaukee, the left-handed slugger has turned into an unshakable force for the Brewers, especially at Miller Park.
Royals Review: St. Louis Cardinals Series Preview: I-70 has never been more divided
The St. Louis Cardinals last made the playoffs the last time the Royals did, but haven't won a World Series since 2011, which Royals fans certainly can't relate to. This season was one with high hopes after adding Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller to an already solid roster, but things have been a little bit weird this year. They started slow before getting lava hot. A win over the Nationals on May 1 put them at 20-10 and three games up in the division. Since then, though, they're 4-13 and have been outscored 90-74. The big issue is that it's just difficult to find consistency with an inconsistent starting rotation as they have had this year.
Royals Review: The Royals might be onto something with their college-heavy draft strategy
The scene: June, 2018. New Jersey. Thanks to numerous circumstances, which included a mediocre 80-82 season the previous year, compensatory picks received when Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer signed elsewhere in the offseason, and a competitive balance pick, the Kansas City Royals owned four of the top 40 picks in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. They also had the highest total slot allotment of any team. It was a gigantic opportunity and one of the most important events in franchise history.
The consensus: position players should be the priority. At the time, the 2018 draft was rich in position player talent.