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The Lounge>*** Official 2019 Kansas City Royals Repository ***
Mama Hip Rockets 08:06 AM 03-28-2019
Get the offseason thread out of here. It's on!

Opening day roster:

Catchers (2): Cam Gallagher, Martin Maldonado

Infielders (7): Hunter Dozier, Lucas Duda, Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi, Ryan O’Hearn, Chris Owings, Frank Schwindel

Outfielders (4): Alex Gordon, Terrance Gore, Billy Hamilton, Jorge Soler

Starting pitchers (3): Jakob Junis, Brad Keller, Jorge Lopez

Relief pitchers (9): Scott Barlow, Brad Boxberger, Jake Diekman, Chris Ellis, Tim Hill, Ian Kennedy, Kevin McCarthy, Wily Peralta, Kyle Zimmer

Injured list: Danny Duffy, Brian Flynn, Jesse Hahn, Salvador Perez

Suspended: Eric Skoglund
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duncan_idaho 12:45 PM 03-29-2019
Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed, and John Lamb...

Great reminder of why prospects shouldnít just be hoarded.

And why the idea of selling off your proven players for stars isnít a sure-fire rebuilding kickstart and easy path to success.
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ChiefsCountry 12:50 PM 03-29-2019
Originally Posted by duncan_idaho:
Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed, and John Lamb...

Great reminder of why prospects shouldnít just be hoarded.

And why the idea of selling off your proven players for stars isnít a sure-fire rebuilding kickstart and easy path to success.
Where's Dane worthless ass to have it shoved up saying that Cueto trade was a franchise killer. Worthless Hollywood cunt.
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Prison Bitch 12:51 PM 03-29-2019
Originally Posted by Strongside:
LMFAO @ the notion that KC may not be able to support an MLB team.

Thatís so incredibly ****ing stupid.

The KC economy is at its highest point EVER, and civic pride is at an all-time high. This town supported its baseball team through one of the greatest recessions in history while the team was GOD AWFUL and you think low opening day numbers indicate a lack of support? The effects from the WS win go far beyond ticket sales. There are more kids in this region who are diehard Royals fans than there have ever been...merch sales, ad dollars (look at the big-name sponsors in the stadium now...the local companies are now national ones)...this all contributes to the teamís bottom line.

Weather 100% played a role in the empty seats on Thursday. And it will again on Saturday.

KC is doing a fine job supporting its three pro teams. Your fears are nonsensical.


This is completely false. Iíve been to 30 of them. Thereís been nice weather for maybe 7-10. Iíve been to some real shit weather openers. Always full. No exceptions until yesterday.
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tk13 12:53 PM 03-29-2019
The part everyone is forgetting about opening day is now it's in March. It's a week to 10 days earlier than it used to be, and the weather is way more up in the air.

This team was absolutely awful last year and still pulled the sixth highest ratings of any team in baseball.
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SAUTO 02:16 PM 03-29-2019
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:

What does that mean? Simple - the Opener has never, ever, under any time frame, had avail until yesterday. Thatís scary. Our market may not be able to support MLB.
Dumb post
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carcosa 02:19 PM 03-29-2019
For real, can someone explain why Dayton shouldn't just sign Kimbrel and/or Kuechel at this point? Best case, they help the team compete. Worst case, they get traded at the deadline for peanuts. Either way, they'd come cheap. Is there any downside whatsoever? Hello??????
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TomBarndtsTwin 02:35 PM 03-29-2019
Originally Posted by carcosa:
For real, can someone explain why Dayton shouldn't just sign Kimbrel and/or Kuechel at this point? Best case, they help the team compete. Worst case, they get traded at the deadline for peanuts. Either way, they'd come cheap. Is there any downside whatsoever? Hello??????
The reason they havenít signed is theyíre not Ďcheapí. They havenít been willing to take bargain contracts yet, like many of their contemporaries.

Besides, Dallas is done. No one should waste money on him. And as far as Kimbrel: why a 60 win team (which Royals are, best case scenario 70 wins) would want to spend $15 mil. per year on a closer, I have no idea. Thatís not good value, even considering flipping him at deadline for prospect. Boxberger on the other hand, made a lot more sense for this team to take a flyer on.

Baseball is still a business. Glass isnít gonna piss away $10 million for a single A prospect with some high upside, itís just not happening. If the Royals were Ďcloseí to winning and being competitive this might be a different discussion, but theyíre not.
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Prison Bitch 03:11 PM 03-29-2019
Originally Posted by carcosa:
For real, can someone explain why Dayton shouldn't just sign Kimbrel and/or Kuechel at this point? Best case, they help the team compete. Worst case, they get traded at the deadline for peanuts. Either way, they'd come cheap. Is there any downside whatsoever? Hello??????
We just had 31k show up on opening day and youíre wanting big spending on FA?
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Mama Hip Rockets 03:12 PM 03-29-2019
Originally Posted by carcosa:
For real, can someone explain why Dayton shouldn't just sign Kimbrel and/or Kuechel at this point? Best case, they help the team compete. Worst case, they get traded at the deadline for peanuts. Either way, they'd come cheap. Is there any downside whatsoever? Hello??????
Why would either one of those guys be cheap?
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Mama Hip Rockets 03:17 PM 03-29-2019
Originally Posted by TomBarndtsTwin:

Besides, Dallas is done.
Why do you say that? He pitched more than 200 innings last year, and pitched well in the postseason.
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Prison Bitch 04:26 PM 03-29-2019
A group of Kentucky fans at Crown Center (where they’re staying) are standing in front of the blue fountains taking photos.


Should we tell them?
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Hog's Gone Fishin 08:05 AM 03-30-2019
Are we getting rained out today? Weather map doesn't look good right now.
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Strongside 09:02 AM 03-30-2019
FYI, here’s what a town not supporting a baseball team ACTUALLY looks like.

This is moments before the first pitch at the Marlins 2nd game of the season.


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TLO 09:07 AM 03-30-2019
Originally Posted by Hog's Gone Fishin:
Are we getting rained out today? Weather map doesn't look good right now.
Not sure, but it's cold as balls and windy outside too.
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C3HIEF3S 09:44 AM 03-30-2019
Threw together some plots with Statcast data this morning, visualizing Keller's Opening Day performance. From what I have researched, it was about as Brad Keller game as there could possibly be.

All 92 pitches, colored by pitch type:


All 92 pitches, colored by pitch speed:


Overall, the White Sox played right into his hand- chasing after his low-stuff and getting fooled by his slider. A slider that he is consistent in his approach with, low and out of the zone:


Swinging strike rate was about what he averaged at last year, 8 swinging strikes out of 92 pitches. ~8.7% swinging strike rate compared to 9.0% flat for the year last year. 5 of these swinging strikes came against lefties and were chased out of the zone:


Groundball rate was right there with his average last year as well, 10 of 18 batted balls against were groundballs, ~55.5% groundball rate compared to 54.4% for 2018. I usually don't fall in love with pitchers who rely on inducing-contact, but the thing that impressed me the most from Opening Day was Keller's ability to jam the White Sox inside with his heat, in addition to working LHBs away - yet in the strike zone - with his sinker/two-seamer (FT):


Still working out how to present this one visually that isn't a clusterfuck, but it shows some patterns to watch for that could be noteworthy going forward. The Sox had some good pitches to hit when Keller was behind in the count and not able to nibble on the edges and had to come into the zone with his fastball. When Keller was ahead, 0-1, 0-2, 1-2, he threw one pitch in the zone the entire game:

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