Friday, May 3, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, May 3, 2024 -- "Royal Confusion"


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If you want to look outside, see that it’s a sunny Friday afternoon in May and go outside without finishing this, I don’t blame you. The Royals’ offensive statistics are throwing up so many mixed messages it’s hard to say whether they’re lucky or unlucky. Forget output and timing, though, and just consider this: The Royals are making a lot of contact, a lot of hard contact, and a lot of the best contact (barrels). All of that is sustainable. As likely as not, when their performance with runners on base regresses, their overall performance should improve. This may not be a top-five offense; it is at least an average one.