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David Lesky
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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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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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Sean Newcomb

photo courtesy of www.greenwichtime.com Sean Newcomb Throws: Left/Bats: Left 6'5", 240 lbs. University of Hartford Newcomb had a nice season for Hartford in 2013 with a 3.75 ERA in 72 innings. He struck out 92 while walking 37 and he attracted some scouts as a big lefty with a lot of velocity. It wasn't until he pitched in the Cape Cod League, though, that scouts began drooling as he just looked excellent d ...

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Morning Coffee: Royals Need to be Aggressive This Year

The 2014 season hasn't exactly started as the Kansas City Royals had hoped even though it's obviously too early to read too much into the starts of guys like Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar. Still, this is a roster that has been generating more hype than just about any other Royals team I've seen in quite some time. That hype isn't entirely unfounded, though I think a lot of expectations for this team mi ...

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Royals Place Collins and Bueno on Disabled List

Today, the Kansas City Royals made a series of roster moves that began by placing Tim Colins and Francisley Bueno (the only two  left-handed relievers on the roster) on the disabled list. In their place, the Royals have called up lefty Donnie Joseph and right-handed reliever, Michael Mariot. Joseph got into six games with the Royals during the 2013 season, but Michael Mariot will be making his big league de ...

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Series Preview: Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays, April 7-9

The Kansas City Royals welcome the Tampa Bay Rays into town for a three game series that will last from Monday, April 7 through Wednesday afternoon, April 9. I think by the end of the year, the Rays will be considered one of baseball's four or five best teams when it's all said and done. Let's start with the offense. The Rays can put some runs on the board, which is something they've struggled with in the p ...

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Series Preview: Royals vs. Chicago White Sox, April 4-6

The Kansas City Royals open the home portion of their schedule against American League Central division rivals, the Chicago White Sox. After losing their first two games of the season in excruciating fashion to the Detroit Tigers, the Royals hope to get on the board in the win column during this series. The White Sox offense has looked good over their first three games of the season, but I have my doubts ab ...

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Friday Notes

The 2014 season hasn't exactly started how anybody on the Kansas City Royals planned, but as I said in my article yesterday, the good news is that there's 160 more games to make up for it. It's just good to be back in the regular season even if there is irrational disdain for certain players (I'll get there) and even if there is a sense that the sky is falling because the Royals have lost a couple heartbrea ...

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Morning Coffee: Royals In Familiar Spot

Last year, the Kansas City Royals dropped the second game of the year to the Chicago White Sox after Ervin Santana allowed three homers. The loss came after they lost the first game of the year 1-0 as Chris Sale outpitched James Shields. That put the Royals at 0-2 in a season that many saw as the year they could break their 28 year playoff drought and be really good for the first time since probably 1994. A ...

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