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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City Royals have gotten off to a slow start offensively. It's been frustrating because the team was supposed to be much improved offensively. They had filled two of their big offensive holes by signing Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante and stabilized the top of the order in the process. Eric Hosmer would continue to grow after this second half last year, Billy Butle ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Braxton Davidson

Braxton Davidson 1B/OF 6'3", 220 lbs. T.C. Roberson High School, Arden, NC B/T L/L Braxton Davidson is a senior in high school and he's already 6'3", 220 lbs. which might lead you to believe that he's an elite power prospect. While he's still obviously very young and the power could (and I think will) develop, right now he's more of a hitter than a power hitter, and there's nothing wrong with that. He curre ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Cleveland Indians, April 21-24

The Kansas City Royals travel to Cleveland to take on the Indians for the first time in 2014 in a four-game series that I think will tell us a lot about the Royals. The Royals struggled in Cleveland last year, going just 6-3 (6-4 at Kauffman Stadium). Even though the Indians have gotten off to a somewhat slow start this year, the Royals are going to need to win in Cleveland to have a shot at the playoffs th ...

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Louie, Louie vs. Minnie the Moocher

Bon Jovi’s prayer was answered and the glam metal classic moves on. We now begin the third quadrant of the bracket with two of the oldest songs in the bracket going up against each other. Both were featured in John Belushi classic movies. Which one moves on? Let’s look at the tape. Louie, Louie Song Minnie the Moocher The Kingsmen Artist Cab Calloway Richard Berry Writers Cab Calloway, Irving Mills 1963 Yea ...

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Money Matchup of the Day: Alex Gordon vs. Phil Hughes

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD stats through 11 games 15 for 39 2-2b, 4 HR, 5 BB, 8 R, 12 RBI .385/.467/.744 Tod ...

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Money Matchup of the Day: Mike Moustakas vs. Kevin Correia

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD stats through ten games 15 for 37 2-2b, 4 HR, 4 BB, 8 R, 11 RBI .405/.476/.784 To ...

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Series Preview: Royals vs. Minnesota Twins, April 18-20

The Minneosta Twins head to Kansas City with the Royals looking to exact revenge after last weekend's debacle of a series. The Royals have only played three games since facing the Twins, so I won't get too deep into them again, but I will talk briefly about their team before getting into the matchups. Offensively, the Twins kind of sneak up on you. They don't hit for a ton of power and they don't have much ...

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Friday Notes

That was a weird week. The Royals started it off in a good position to make a huge move in the division and with their record and then ended up completely blowing an entire weekend in Minnesota by getting swept by the Twins. The Twins, you may recall, are a team expected to finish at the bottom of the AL Central, and they absolutely manhandled the Royals. They outscored them 21-5 and each of the first two g ...

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Money Matchup of the Day: Jarrod Dyson vs. Scott Feldman

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Stats through eight games: 13 for 30, 2 2B, 4 HR, 4 BB, 8 R, 10 RBI; .433/.514/1. ...

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Money Matchup of the Day: Jason Castro vs. Jeremy Guthrie

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Stats through seven games: 11 for 26, 2 2B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 7 R, 8 RBI; .423/.483/.84 ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile – Jacob Gatewood

Jacob Gatewood SS 6'5", 190 lbs. Clovis, CA High School B/T R/R As far as current shortstops go, Jacob Gatewood is one of the top two or three prospects in the 2014 MLB draft. The first thing that stands out to you, though, is that he is 6'5" which doesn't mean he can't stick at shortstop, but it does make it somewhat difficult. Alex Rodriguez was thought to be potentially too tall for the position at 6'3" ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Houston Astros, April 15-17

The Kansas City Royals, coming off one of the worst weekends they've had in awhile, head to Houston to take on the Astros who are improved, but still not good. Offensively, they can look good at times, but that's only because they do have some home run power on their squad, though a lot of that can be attributed to their ballpark. I do like the trio of Jason Castro, Jose Altuve and Dexter Fowler in their li ...

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Morning Coffee: Royals Simply Must Beat the Beatable

The Kansas City Royals are coming off one of the most frustrating and, I'll say it, embarrassing series they've played since their terrible month of May last year. I know that seems like a relatively short amount of time, but for this team to have gone nearly a year without embarrassment in a series is actually quite long considering where the franchise has been. When they began their series against the Twi ...

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Royals Roster Move: Danny Duffy Called Up, Giavotella Optioned

The Kansas City Royals continued their run of early season roster moves by supplementing their bullpen by calling up Danny Duffy to serve as the left-hander out there and sending second baseman Johnny Giavotella to Omaha. Giavotella was called up before Wednesday's game to handle second base while Omar Infante was recovering from being hit in the jaw by a pitch from Heath Bell. Giavotella went 1 for 3 with ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Minnesota Twins, April 11-13

The Kansas City Royals head to Minneapolis to take on their American League Central division rivals, the Minnesota Twins. A week and a half into the 2014 season, the Twins are in last place in the division and there on the weakness of their pitching staff. Offensively, the Twins are surprisingly not that bad, but some of it seems to be done with the help of both smoke and mirrors. That said, they actually h ...

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Money Matchup of the Day – Bruce Chen vs. Trevor Plouffe

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game.  In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. Today's Matchup: Bruce Chen vs. Trevor Plouffe The above spray chart shows what Trevo ...

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Friday Notes

It's hard to believe that this is just the second edition of Friday Notes of the young Kansas City Royals season because it feels like we've been doing this for weeks already. I guess that's what happens when every game (or seemingly so) is a one run affair. Luckily the Royals had a bit of a laugher on Wednesday to take them into their off day before they face the Twins this weekend. It really is pretty ama ...

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Morning Coffee: Royals Myths Debunked

Over the last 25 or so years, being a Kansas City Royals fan has been quite difficult as good players have come and gone and more often than not it seems, guys like Zack Greinke are replaced by guys like Luke Hochevar.  For years, the question wasn't if the Royals would finish under .500, but how far under .500 they'd finish. As someone who has been a Royals fan my entire life and having seen just one trip ...

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Royals Moves: Coleman off DL, Gio Up, Joseph and Brooks Down

The Kansas City Royals have made a few roster moves prior to the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays in activating reliever Louis Coleman off the disabled list and optioning pitcher Aaron Brooks back to Omaha. That move was expected, but in the moderately surprising move of the day, the Royals have recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella and corresponded that move by sending Donnie Joseph back to Omaha. O ...

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Money Matchup of the Day – Jake Odorizzi vs. Alex Gordon

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game.  In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. Today's matchup: Jake Odorizzi vs. Alex Gordon As a young pitcher, Odorizzi doesn't h ...

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