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Baseball Insider Archive: Royals

Closers for AL Cy Young?

This could be as good a year as any to make a case that Mariano Rivera or Jonathan Papelbon should win a Cy Young award. Rivera just broke through the 40 save mark again earlier this week, and he shows no signs of letting up. Even if the Yankees rein him back in to save him for the postseason, it's entirely possible that Rivera could finish the regular season with 45 or 46 saves.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 15, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Red Sox , Royals , Yankees  | Tags: C.C. Sabathia, Cy Young, Jonathan Papelbon, Mariano Rivera, Royals, Yankees, Zack Greinke, mariano rivera, zack greinke  
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The Trey Hillman Dictionary

After listening to Royals Manager Trey Hillman and trying to decipher the manager for nearly two years, the Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger broke down and offered up a comprehensive "Hillman dictionary". We wholeheartedly encourage you to work your way through the entire list at the blog post linked above, but here are our favorite excerpts from "Trey Speak":

By Cameron Smith  |  August 31, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Royals  | Tags: Royals, Trey Hillman  
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The Best Pitch in Baseball: Greinke's Slider?

In case you missed it last night, young Kansas City ace Zack Greinke recorded a whopping 15 strikeouts against the Indians. While he dominated Cleveland in the way that a solid high school pitcher might toy with Little Leaguers, one thing was particularly notable about his performance: His slider was absolutely, positively unhittable.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 26, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Royals  | Tags: Indians, Royals, Zack Greinke  
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Orioles Review and Preview: Royals and Red Sox

After dealing closer George Sherrill, putting their best pitcher on the 15-day disabled list and salvaging a four-game series split with Kansas City, the Orioles prepare to host the Boston Red Sox.

By CJ Holley  |  July 31, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles , Red Sox , Royals  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, boston red sox, kansas city royals  
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Orioles Review and Preview: Red Sox and Royals

The Orioles have proven that they don't need to be on a West Coast trip to lose on the road after having gone 2-7 during a nine-game road trip that concluded Sunday in Boston. Baltimore now begins a seven-game homestand by welcoming the Kansas City Royals with all eyes set on which pitcher will be demoted in favor of Chris Tillman.

By CJ Holley  |  July 27, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles , Red Sox , Royals  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, boston red sox, chris tillman, kansas city royals  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

See, who decided to throw a party in the Kauffman Stadium bleachers at the exact moment that the Angels scored the game-winning run on Wednesday night? Of course people look down. And for that matter, given the recent history of the Royals, isn't there a chance this exact scene will unfold every night in front of that billboard? Is it really a good idea to have a huge billboard that says "PARTY" against the Kansas City bleachers? Maybe the fans need to be reminded ...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 23, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Royals  | Tags: Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Royals, fans  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Twins Sign Grudzielanek In a Steal, Cameron Smith , July 20, 2009
Talking Behind Their Back: Royals, CJ Holley , May 19, 2009
Talking Behind Their Back: Rays, CJ Holley , May 14, 2009
The Big Advantage for Big Market Teams: Depth, Cameron Smith , April 17, 2009
Sir Sidney Now a Royal, CJ Holley , March 18, 2009
Royals Sign Reliever Juan Cruz, Cameron Smith , February 28, 2009
Greinke Inks Big Extension With Royals, Cameron Smith , January 26, 2009
Freddy Garcia Injures Shoulder in Venezuela, Cameron Smith , November 28, 2008
More on the Crisp Trade to the Royals, Cameron Smith , November 19, 2008
 
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