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Old 12-11-2012, 09:59 AM  
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2013 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

Proposed 2013 Slogan: Tigers: They're what's for dinner
Actual 2013 Slogan: Come to Play
A better, more accurate, or alternative slogan: All in, no panic, we promise.

Dayton Moore has pushed all his chips in and is riding on King/Jack suited, hoping it comes together, he gets some good luck, and he hits the nuts by the river card. There's potential, oh yes, there's potential. There's also risk.

At the midway point, Dayton is left counting on the river card. The flop and turn didn't help him, and he's looking at the Tigers holding a pair of Queens and the Indians holding a pair of 9s. His 2013 plan hasn't failed - yet - but the odds are not in his favor.

Burning questions updates below.

Burning Questions for 2013:

1) Will the improve rotation be improved enough? Does James Shields pitch like a fringe No. 1 away from Tampa Bay? Does Ervin Santana pitch to his highest upside in his walk year? Can Jeremy Guthrie build on his strong performance as a Royal in 2012? Can Wade Davis bring his new mentality- and velocity - back to the rotation?

Midseason check-in: Yes, the rotation is certainly improved enough. Shields has pitched like a fringe No. 1 and Santana is having his best season. Guthrie has horrible peripherals but has continued to perform well at his home park and eat innings on the road. Davis brought neither his kick-ass mentality or improved velocity back to the rotation and is in Luke Hochevar/Hiram Davies territory.

2) When will Luke Hochevar be shown the door?
Midseason check-in: It appears, never, at this point. Hochevar has been solid in non-leverage situations, though pretty much every time he has been used with men on base in an inning, it has been a disaster.

3) Does Hosmer bounce back?
Midseason check-in: It took some time, but Hosmer's performance from June 1 on is probably the most encouraging thing about the 2013 season so far.
4) Can Moustakas hit for a whole season like he did in the first half of 2012?
Midseason check-in: Nope. Moustakas was god-awful, then great for about 3 weeks, then god-awful again. He has been better since he started working with Brett and Grafol but still has a long way to go.
5) Who regresses?
Midseason check-in: Welp, Alicides Escobar is not a surprising name here (though Yost's stubborn insistence on hitting him second is ridiculous). Billy Butler is a surprise. He isn't having a terrible year - still contributing a lot to the offense - but he's not hitting for the average or power he has displayed over the past several years.
6) Who plays 2B?
Midseason check-in: A whole bunch of people, and not that great. Gio is at least getting a shot, though he once again is not doing much with it.
7) Can Jeff Francoeur be at least replacement level, rather than epic horrible level?
Midseason check-in: Hahahahahahahahahahaha
8) Will Dayton Moore survive to see 2014?
Midseason check-in: Outlook uncertain. Probably still around, unless the team completely tanks in the second half and he does something foolish. My guess - he sacrifices Ned Yost this offseason and gets one more shot with a new manager in 2014.
9) Will Danny Duffy come back healthy? And if he does, is he the same, better or worse?
Midseason check-in: Yes. Velocity looks the same, and it looks likely he is the same guy as before.
10) And the big one: Has KC added enough to run down the big-money Detroit Tigers?
Midseason check-in: Doesn't look like it, does it?

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Old 07-25-2013, 01:33 PM   #7561
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:41 PM   #7563
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The team is still hitting like shit, but Hosmer has started beasting. Ultimately, the latter is by far the biggest element.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:49 PM   #7565
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Eibner is an OF, and that's what he's been since he was drafted. Until this most recent hot streak, I'd been waiting to hear about a switch to P. He was a legit prospect as a pitcher also coming out of Arkansas.
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The team is still hitting like shit, but Hosmer has started beasting. Ultimately, the latter is by far the biggest element.
Coming into the season, I believe we all hoped between Hos and Moose that one would become a star and the other would be a productive major league player. We're certainly closer to that goal than we were a month ago.
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Agreed. The swing that Hosmer put on that last HR was just out****ingstanding.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:55 PM   #7568
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What about Elliott Johnson? He played right field last night.
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Agreed. The swing that Hosmer put on that last HR was just out****ingstanding.
The best thing about the HRs he hits now is that they are no doubters. I can't remember the last player we had that when he got a hold of it, no matter where in the park it was going, you knew it was going to be well gone.
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Hard to believe they only scored 4.
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The best thing about the HRs he hits now is that they are no doubters. I can't remember the last player we had that when he got a hold of it, no matter where in the park it was going, you knew it was going to be well gone.
This and it's nice to see them actually going to RF. I don't know if he pulled one ball hard the first 2 months of the season.
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