I was thinking about this whole mess this AM on the way to work.
Baseball teams are built up the middle. Look at our middle. Our starting catcher goes down a week before the season starts. We lose our CF four games into the season. Our 2B of the future doesn't make it out of spring training.
Pitching? Lose your closer to Tommy John. Lose Paulino, who was a decent #3 or #4 guy. Your best starter is Chen? Seriously? Chen is a #5 at best for 3/4ths of major league teams. Hoch continues to under-perform. Duffy is sitll a pup.
Your "future guys" Hoz, Moose and Alice, all hitting under .230. Team can't get a hit with men in scoring position to save their asses.
This is just a typical Royals team. They'll suck until they're about 20 games out, then start to play well enough to give us hope for next year.
The elusive "Next Year."
Same as it ever was.