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2011 Kansas City Royals season

2011 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) David Glass
General manager(s) Dayton Moore
Manager(s) Ned Yost
Local television Fox Sports Kansas City
(Ryan Lefebvre, Paul Splittorff through May 25, Frank White)
Local radio KCSP 610 AM
(Denny Matthews, Bob Davis, Steve Stewart, Ryan Lefebvre)
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The Kansas City Royals' season of 2011 was the 43rd for the Royals franchise. It was the fifth full season with Dayton Moore as General Manager. The team was managed by Ned Yost in his first full season with the Royals.


On November 10, 2010, the Royals traded outfielder David DeJesus for the right-handed, starting pitcher Vin Mazzaro from the Oakland Athletics and minor league pitcher Justin Marks. Mazzaro was 10-17 with a 4.72 ERA in 41 career Major League appearances, including 35 starts, for the Athletics in 2009 and 2010.[1]


Bruce Chen began the year with a 4-1 record and 3.59 ERA in seven starts for the Royals. Chen was placed on the 15-day Disabled List on May 11 (retroactive to May 6), with a strain, and right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro was recalled from the Omaha Storm Chasers.[1] Mazzaro's first start was on May 11 versus the New York Yankees.[1] Mazzaro's stay with the Royals was a short-lived one. Following his second appearance on May 16, in which he allowed 14 earned runs in 2⅓ innings of relief, a team record for runs given up by one pitcher in a game, and the worst performance of a pitcher in the Major Leagues since the first half of the 20th century,– Mazzaro was optioned to Omaha, and left-hand relief pitcher Everett Teaford was called up to replace him.[2] Mazzaro pitched 6⅓ innings with a 22.74 ERA in his two appearances.

Regular season

The Royals opened the season at home on Thursday, March 31, in a four-game weekend series versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It was their first Opening Day meeting since 1975 when the Angels hosted the Royals. Luke Hochevar, who was the first-round draft pick of the Royals in 2006, was chosen to pitch in his first Opening Day start. He gave up four runs, including two sole home runs, in 5⅔ innings for the loss. The opposing starter Jered Weaver pitched 6⅓ scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season with Fernando Rodney closing the game in the ninth inning for his first save as the Angels defeated the Royals, 4-2. The attendance for the game was 40,055, (currently) the highest of any home game during the season. This game also saw the major league debut of three Royals rookie pitchers: Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, and Nathan Adcock.

After two games versus the Chicago White Sox, the Royals finished their home opening series with a 4-2 record and ½ game lead in their division. It was the best home opening series since 2004 when they also began the season at home by winning 4 out of 6 games. This season's series was notable because three of their wins came on their final at-bat, and the last three games each extended into extra innings.

Although the team was successful during the first half of April–occupying first place on eight of those days while winning 10 of 14 games–the latter half of the month saw the team lose nine games as they fell 4½ games behind the division-leading Cleveland Indians. During a six-game losing streak while on the road, Royals pitchers gave up 17 home runs and had an ERA of 7.88. It included three games at Cleveland where the Indians were in the midst of a 14-home-game winning streak. With a 14-13 record, it was only the third time in 22 years that the Royals ended the month with more wins than losses; the last time was in 2009.

The team's worst loss came at home on May 16 in a 19-1 rout by the Cleveland Indians. After giving up three walks to load the bases in the first inning, starting pitcher Kyle Davies left the game with an injury. Nathan Adcock replaced him and allowed two of the base runners to score–giving Davies his sixth loss of the season. Vin Mazzaro, who had been scheduled to start the next day, entered the game in the third inning and gave up 14 earned runs on 11 hits in just 2⅓ innings. Three of the ten runs scored in the fourth inning came on a 3-run home run by Michael Brantley. The 18-run deficit matched the worst margin of defeat in the team's history which has occurred twice before–the most recent being the previous season on July 26 when the Minnesota Twins also won 19-1.[2]

Because of the Twins' plague of injuries, the Royals came out fourth place. During a stretch of games from September 11 to 17, the Royals won seven straight, giving them their longest winning record since the 2006 season. However, the Royals were no-hit to the fifth/sixth inning twice in a row (the first, a perfect game). During the last week of the season, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon and Louis Coleman were all struck by the flu, giving Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain a chance in the big leagues.

Season standings

AL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 95 67 .586 50–31 45–36
Cleveland Indians 80 82 .494 15 44–37 36–45
Chicago White Sox 79 83 .488 16 36–45 43–38
Kansas City Royals 71 91 .438 24 40–41 31–50
Minnesota Twins 63 99 .389 32 33–48 30–51

Record vs. opponents

American League East
American League Central
American League West
Team Record
Baltimore Orioles 4–5
Boston Red Sox 2–2
Chicago White Sox 6–5
Cleveland Indians 4–8
Detroit Tigers 4–8
Los Angeles Angels 7–3
Minnesota Twins 5–8
New York Yankees 3–3
Oakland Athletics 1–5
Seattle Mariners 3–1
Tampa Bay Rays 2–5
Texas Rangers 3–5
Toronto Blue Jays 2–2
Interleague play 5–13

Game Log

Royals Win Royals Loss Game Postponed


Player stats


Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
Melky Cabrera 155 658 102 201 44 5 18 87 .305 20
Alex Gordon 151 611 101 185 45 4 23 87 .303 17
Alcides Escobar 158 548 69 139 21 8 4 46 .254 26
Jeff Francoeur 153 601 77 171 47 4 20 87 .285 22
Billy Butler 159 597 74 174 44 0 19 95 .291 2
Mike Avilés 53 185 14 41 11 3 5 31 .222 10
Kila Ka'aihue 23 82 6 16 4 0 2 6 .195 0
Wilson Betemit 57 203 29 57 15 1 3 27 .281 3
Chris Getz 118 380 50 97 6 3 0 26 .255 21
Matt Treanor 65 186 24 42 6 0 3 21 .226 2
Brayan Peña 72 222 17 55 11 0 3 24 .248 0
Mitch Maier 44 95 19 22 4 3 0 7 .232 1
Jarrod Dyson 26 44 8 9 1 0 0 3 .205 14
Eric Hosmer 128 523 66 153 27 3 19 78 .293 11
Mike Moustakas 89 338 26 89 18 1 5 30 .263 2
Yamaico Navarro 6 23 2 7 1 0 0 6 .304 0
Manny Piña 4 14 2 3 2 0 0 0 .214 0
Johnny Giavotella 46 178 20 44 9 4 2 21 .247 5
Salvador Pérez 39 148 20 49 8 2 3 21 .331 0
Lorenzo Cain 6 22 4 6 1 0 0 1 .273 0

Stats through September 29, 2011

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Storm Chasers Pacific Coast League Mike Jirschele
AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals Texas League Brian Poldberg
A Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League Brian Rupp
A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Vance Wilson
Rookie Burlington Royals Appalachian League Nelson Liriano
Rookie AZL Royals Arizona League Darryl Kennedy
Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars Pioneer League Brian Buchanan



  • Kansas City Royals: Official web site
  1. ^ a b c "Royals to place pitcher Bruce Chen on 15-day DL tomorrow and recall pitcher Vin Mazzaro" (Press release). Kansas City Royals. May 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Kaegel, Dick (May 17, 2011). "Pitching unravels for Royals in loss to Tribe". 

External links

  • 2011 Kansas City Royals Official Site
  • 2011 Kansas City Royals at Baseball Reference
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