Royals Spring Training 2019
March 25, 2019
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The Royals had a hit parade against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. The Royals had 10 hits against Bumgarner in only two innings pitched. Both the first and second inning started with a Merrifield hit followed by a Adalberto Mondesi double. Hunter Dozier laid down the hammer with a long two run shot. The other big hit was a three run shot by Khalil Lee. In total the Royals had 21 hits. Homer Bailey was handed the ball and he was in complete control throughout the game. Bailey threw six innings while only allowing two runs and he dominated hitters, punching out seven of them. The bullpen fared much better against Giants hitters only allowing one other run. Ian Kennedy, who was just moved to the bullpen pitched a scoreless eighth inning while striking out two.
March, 23, 2019
Brad Keller was on the mound against the Brewers and his outing probably wasn’t an ideal outing. Keller was haunted by the long ball in the third inning, giving up a two run home run to Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw. His control wasn’t there either, hitting Yelich and Ryan Braun but didn’t allow a walk. Lucas Duda was signed to a minor league deal on March 22, hit a tape measure shot in the fifth inning, followed by another home run by Dozier in the seventh. They were able to tie the game that inning, and the Royals took the lead with a triple hit by Terrance Gore which scored two.
Spring Training Recap
The Kansas City Royals are your 2019 Cactus League Champions. It’s argued that spring training stats don’t matter, but after watching the Royals spring training, fans can’t help but feel excited. They saw great signs from their major league players and minor league players. The recently signed Chris Owings had eight doubles (tied for second most), which is followed by the other signee Billy Hamilton with seven (tied for fourth most). Jorge Soler led the league with 18 RBIs’, and Humberto Arteaga had 22 hits which ties for fourth. The team as a whole led the league in batting average (.293), on base percentage (.376), slugging percentage (.497), on base plus slugging (.873), and walks (132). Again, people may look at these stats and say it doesn’t mean anything, and they are right in a way when it comes to it not counting for anything. But no one can look at those stats and not be surprised, they have shocked and impressed many analytics. What matters is if they can translate this to the regular season, but this spring training gave hope to many royals fans.
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