Inside the Crown

David Lesky
Taking a deeper dive into all things Royals
Created 19 Jan 2021
  • Tale of Two Halves
    08 Dec 2021about 24 hours ago • 8 min read • 5 5
    The Royals pitching staff has a whole was a disaster before the All-Star break. Their 5.15 ERA was better than only the Diamondbacks and Orioles, both teams that ended up losing 110 games. Those two t...
  • Locked Out
    02 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 7 8
    We’ve known this day was likely coming for some time. The date of the now expired CBA has been known for awhile and after the animosity of the negotiations to get back to playing in 2020, it seemed li...
  • The Royals Are Awfully Quiet
    30 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 7 11
    With the end of the CBA near and a lockout basically a certainty, we saw over the Thanksgiving holiday a free agent frenzy that has never happened before. Over the last few years as teams wait out fre...
  • Early Thoughts on the Free Agent Pitching Market
    24 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 5 2
    We are roughly three weeks into the 2021/2022 offseason as it pertains to the free agent market, so any sweeping thoughts or generalizations are foolish. That said, there has been a fair amount of mov...
  • ItC Offseason Mailbag: Salvy's HOF Case Revisited, the Price of Pitching and More
    19 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 8 14
    We’re right in that sweet spot of the offseason where the World Series just ended a couple weeks ago and the league hasn’t quite been locked out yet. So with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to...
  • Royals vs. Tigers Rebuilds
    18 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 3 13
    The Detroit Tigers were the class of the AL Central from 2011 to 2014 winning the division every year before the Royals broke that streak in 2015. That year, the Tigers went 74-87 before bouncing back...
  • Extending Bobby Witt Jr. Now
    16 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 11 6
    Contract extensions are very rarely signed before a player reaches the big leagues. And for a player the caliber of Bobby Witt Jr., the odds of it happening are non-zero, but not far away from zero. B...
  • The Swing's the Thing
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 5 5
    The Kansas City Royals are not known for their plate discipline, and outside of some of the early teams in the 1970s, they haven’t ever been. That has reached a crescendo in recent years. Their 7 perc...
  • This Defense Doesn't Rest
    10 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 7 8
    When the Royals started their short run that culminated in a championship in 2015, the thought was that it would be led by the bats of Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, the arms of any of their young pi...
  • Top 15 MLB Free Agents with Predictions
    05 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 11 3
    The World Series has ended, so the offseason can get going. Unfortunately, this offseason might be marred by CBA negotiations, so it’s hard to say how much actually gets done over the next month befor...
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