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Monday, November 20, 2017

Royals advanced scouting told players to test Lucas Duda’s arm

Eric Hosmer Royals

Eric Hosmer had hardly any time to think about taking off for home and scoring the tying run in the ninth inning Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t prepared for the situation.

Shortly after the Royals closed out the Mets to capture a championship, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star credited Kansas City’s advanced scouting department for the work it did in advance of the World Series. Apparently one of the things the scouts said to do was test Mets first baseman Lucas Duda’s arm.

Daniel Murphy, who was virtually unstoppable for New York in the playoffs before the World Series, made one of the costliest errors in baseball history in Game 4.

It’s hard to know whether Hosmer had the advanced scouting report on his brain when he scored the tying run in Game 5, especially when you hear what he had to say about the decision to take off for home. Still, it’s obvious Kansas City’s baseball department has some great minds at work. It’s not a coincidence the Royals were able to claw their way back into almost every game.

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