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Old 12-11-2012, 08:59 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 08-14-2013, 12:55 AM   #9481
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:10 AM   #9482
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Royals should consider signing Mark Reynolds incase of Moose being hurt. Of he can get on a tear it would be worth it. Release EJ.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:36 AM   #9483
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Hey, sorry, a Cardinals fan here. I just wanted to post a link to a newspaper article that a friend of mine wrote on the Royals (focusing on local fans). If you do happen to read it, let me know what you think.

http://www.news-leader.com/article/2...CFRONTPAGE%7Cp
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:02 AM   #9484
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Hey, sorry, a Cardinals fan here. I just wanted to post a link to a newspaper article that a friend of mine wrote on the Royals (focusing on local fans). If you do happen to read it, let me know what you think.

http://www.news-leader.com/article/2...CFRONTPAGE%7Cp
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:03 AM   #9485
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:04 AM   #9486
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Royals should consider signing Mark Reynolds incase of Moose being hurt. Of he can get on a tear it would be worth it. Release EJ.
Or they could just promote Anthony Seratelli and have him play 3rd until Moose is healthy...
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:03 AM   #9487
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Or they could just promote Anthony Seratelli and have him play 3rd until Moose is healthy...
I 2nd this motion.
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Or they could just promote Anthony Seratelli and have him play 3rd until Moose is healthy...
Sertelli is batting .303 against RHP which is what the current infielders (except Hos) are lacking. But, he has the same issue Colon has. Neither is on the 40 man roster.
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Sertelli is batting .303 against RHP which is what the current infielders (except Hos) are lacking. But, he has the same issue Colon has. Neither is on the 40 man roster.
That is a terrible excuse. Cut Getz and Carroll and you have 2 spots open
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That is a terrible excuse. Cut Getz and Carroll and you have 2 spots open
Carrol is batting over .300 against lefties. Sertelli is batting about .260 against lefties which is better than either Getz (who bats LH) and EJ who is a switch hitter. I'd get rid of EJ, play Sertelli at 3rd every day and platoon Getz and Carrol at 2nd.
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Carrol is batting over .300 against lefties. Sertelli is batting about .260 against lefties which is better than either Getz (who bats LH) and EJ who is a switch hitter. I'd get rid of EJ, play Sertelli at 3rd every day and platoon Getz and Carrol at 2nd.
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They'll probably wait until September call ups, and by that time it may be too late. This five game set coming up in Detroit could be make or break time. If we lose 4 of 5, we're cooked. If we win 4 of 5, we're still in it.
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They'll probably wait until September call ups, and by that time it may be too late. This five game set coming up in Detroit could be make or break time. If we lose 4 of 5, we're cooked. If we win 4 of 5, we're still in it.
Dude. If we win 4 of 5 in Detroit then we are balls deep in it.
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Here are the team schedules through Sunday.

Royals - 1 vs Miami, 5 at Detroit
Indians - 1 vs Minnesota, 3 at Oakland
Detroit - 1 at Chicago, 5 vs KC
Oakland - 2 vs Houston, 3 vs Cleveland
Tampa - 2 vs Seattle, 3 vs Toronto
Baltimore - 1 at Arizona, 3 at Colorado

This is were we we can make up some serious ground since we have more games than everyone else except Detroit.
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Here are the team schedules through Sunday.

Royals - 1 vs Miami, 5 at Detroit
Indians - 1 vs Minnesota, 3 at Oakland
Detroit - 1 at Chicago, 5 vs KC
Oakland - 2 vs Houston, 3 vs Cleveland
Tampa - 2 vs Seattle, 3 vs Toronto
Baltimore - 1 at Arizona, 3 at Colorado

This is were we we can make up some serious ground since we have more games than everyone else except Detroit.
Sucks that we also have the most injuries
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