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Petro's AP Ballot for Top 25, Nov. 15

Nov 15, 2015 -- 6:35pm

1.  Kansas
2.  Maryland
3.  North Carolina
4.  Kentucky
5.  Duke
6.  Virginia
7.  Gonzaga
8.  Wichita St.
9.  Oklahoma
10.  Iowa St.
11.  Arizona
12.  Indiana
13.  Vanderbilt
14.  Michigan
15.  Purdue
16.  Villanova
17.  Utah
18.  Michigan St.
19.  Oregon
20.  Connecticut
21.  California
22.  Dayton
23.  Texas A&M
24.  Burler
25.  SMU

Petro's Preseason Top 25, All-American Team

Oct 29, 2015 -- 7:09am
1.  Kansas
2.  Maryland
3.  North Carolina
4.  Kentucky
5.  Duke
6.  Virginia
7.  Gonzaga
8.  Wichita St.
9.  Oklahoma
10.  Iowa St.
11.  Arizona
12.  Indiana
13.  Vanderbilt
14.  Michigan
15.  Purdue
16.  Villanova
17.  Utah
18.  Michigan St.
19.  Oregon
20.  Connecticut
21.  California
22.  Dayton
23.  Texas A&M
24.  Butler
25.  SMU
G  Melo Trimble - Maryland
G  Kris Dunn - Providence
F  Ben Simmons - LSU
F  Georges Niang - Iowa St.
C  Skal Labissiere - Kentucky

Predicting the Playoff Roster

Sep 23, 2015 -- 9:46am

The Royals 25 Man Playoff Roster is Set


The Royals 25 man roster for the first round of the playoff series has virtually set itself.  With the admission that Greg Holland is hurting, coupled with the oblique injury for Omar Infante, the Royals will seemingly have only one decision to make in setting their post-season roster. 


Let’s start with what we know.  After the Wild Card game last year the Royals went with 11 pitchers in each round.  Barring injuries the 11 pitchers should be as follows…



Johnny Cueto

Yordano Ventura

Edinson Volquez

Kris Medlen



Wade Davis

Kelvin Herrera

Ryan Madson

Danny Duffy

Luke Hochevar

Franklin Morales

Chris Young


In every round last year, for the position players Ned Yost went with two catchers, six infielders (including the DH), and six outfielders.  It looks like that will be the case again this year.  The catchers and infielders are pretty easy.



Salvador Perez

Drew Butera



Eric Hosmer

Ben Zobrist

Alcides Escobar

Mike Moustakas

Kendrys Morales

Christian Colon


There will be some discussion about Cheslor Cuthbert’s greater power getting the nod over Colon, but it is reasonable to believe Colon’s greater versatility will make him the choice.


The outfield is where the decision will have to be made.  It looks like it will come down to a choice of four OF’s for three spots.  Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, and Jarrod Dyson are locks for the roster.  The choice will be which of these three to take… Alex Rios, Jonny Gomes, Paulo Orlando, and Terrence Gore.


Gore was on the roster for all 15 of the Royals post-season games last year and Yost loves to pinch run.  Rios is posting a slash line of .356/.375/.600 in September and the Royals traded for Jonny Gomes to hit left handed pitching.  Even with his .344/.344/.781 slash line in September, his lack of post-season experience probably leaves Paulo Orlando as the most likely man out.



Alex Gordon

Lorenzo Cain

Alex Rios

Jarrod Dyson

Jonny Gomes

Terrence Gore


Facts and Figures Friday - May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 -- 9:47am

The Royals… Then and Now


The Royals head into tonight’s game with the Cubs holding down first place in the AL Central.  OK… tied for first place in the Central with the Twins.  But because they have lost four in a row and many in town are wondering what’s wrong with the Royals?  The answer… Nothing.


True the starting pitching is going to need to be better than it has been, but take a look at where the Royals were this time last season.


            2015                                                  2014

W’s      L’s       RS       RA                   W’s      L’s       RS       RA

28        18        215     169                 23        23        181     178


The Royals .500 record at this time in 2014 was good for third place in the Central.  They were 5.5 games behind the Tigers and a game behind the Twins (I’m pretty sure the Twins aren’t this good this year either).  It would get worse before it would get better.  The Royals would win their next game and then lose four in a row to fall to a season worst .464 Win-Percentage.


The runs scored and allowed numbers make the Royals look much better than just 5 wins.  KC has scored 34 more runs and allowed nine less…  that’s 43 runs better in run differential.


If last year’s team was able to make it all the way to the World Series, Royals fans should still be bullish on this team… even with four straight losses.  The 2014 Royals had a five game losing streak.


Let’s take a look at where last year’s playoff teams stood 46 games into the 2014 season…


Team              W’s      L’s       Place

Tigers             28        18        1st

Orioles            24        22        2nd

Angels             26        20        2nd

Athletics         30        16        1st


So the Tigers position looks pretty familiar.  Bottom line… there is no reason to panic.  The Royals are in good shape, as hard as that might be for Royals fans to believe.







Petro's AP College Basketball Ballot, March 16

Mar 15, 2015 -- 10:32pm


    1. Kentucky
    2. Arizona
    3. Wisconsin
    4. Duke
    5. Virginia
    6. Villanova
    7. Gonzaga
    8. Notre Dame
    9. Kansas
    10. Iowa St.
    11. Oklahoma
    12. Maryland
    13. Utah
    14. North Carolina
    15. Northern Iowa
    16. Baylor
    17. Louisville
    18. West Virginia
    19. Wichita St.
    20. SMU
    21. Michigan St.
    22. Ohio St.
    23. Georgetown
    24. Arkansas
    25. Butler

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

John Calipari, Kentucky

C – Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
C – Jahlil Okafor, Duke
G – Delon Wright, Utah
G – Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
G – D’Angelo Russell, Ohio St.

C – Willy Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
C – Karl Anthony Towns, Kentucky
F – Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa
G – Ron Baker, Wichita St.
G – Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga

C – Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse
F – Bobby Portis, Arkansas
F – Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
G – Malcolm Brogden, Virginia
G – Melo Trimble, Maryland

Petro's Big 12, AP Ballot, March 8

Mar 08, 2015 -- 11:45pm

Soren Petro’s All Big XII Ballot and Top 25 Ballot


   FIRST TEAM (Must include a point guard and post.)

    1)_  Juwan Staten – West Virginia

    2)_  Buddy Heild - Oklahoma

    3)_  Georges Niang – Iowa St.

    4)_  Perry Ellis - Kansas

    5)_  Rico Gathers - Baylor



    1)_  Taurean Prince - Baylor

    2)_  Monte Morris – Iowa St.

    3)_  Frank Mason – Kansas

    4)_  Le’Bryan Nash – Oklahoma St.

    5)_  Ryan Spangler – Oklahoma



COACH OF THE YEAR:  Bill Self - Kansas

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Georges Niang – Iowa St.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:   Jameel McKay – Iowa St.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  Kelly Oubre – Kansas





Soren Petro’s AP Top 25 Ballot

1. Kentucky

2. Duke

3. Virginia

4. Arizona

5. Wisconsin

6. Villanova

7. Gonzaga

8. Kansas

9. Oklahoma

10. Louisville

11. Maryland

12. Notre Dame

13. Iowa St.

14. Utah

15. Northern Iowa

16. West Virginia

17. North Carolina

18. Wichita St.

19. Baylor

20. Ohio St.

21. SMU

22. Georgetown

23. Butler

24. Arkansas

25. Michigan St.


26. Texas

27. BYU

28. Oregon

29. Iowa

30. San Diego St.

31. Davidson

32. UCLA

33. Oklahoma St.

34. St. John’s

35. Boise St.

36. Xavier

37. Purdue

38. NC State

39. LSU

40. Providence

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