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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, 10:28 PM   #9556
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Honestly, though... 22 games ago if someone would have said we would go on a 17-5 run I would have been ecstatic. Looking back, I'm not really going to trip about where those losses came from.

We just need to regroup.
It's baseball, anybody can beat anybody. Obviously when your margin is slim you don't want to throw away games, but even the worst teams usually win 60 games. You guys go nuts in this series and the last two games will be a distant memory.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:31 PM   #9557
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I wish we would try Lough out in center, I think he could do it he has good speed. Then that opens us up to playing Maxwell in right and still have Lough in the lineup. Thoughts?

Someone mentioned either in a game thread or previously in this one, but it would go something as follows:

Vs RHP
Dyson- CF, Lough- RF

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Lough- CF, Maxwell- RF
I hope so. We actually saw that briefly the other day when Dyson was pinch hit for by Maxwell. Lough moved to CF and Maxwell went into right. I hope they realize that what you wrote is the best option.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:38 PM   #9558
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I do remember the movie post you made...that was good stuff!!! We'll call this series the "Bobby takes out Daniel's knee in the karate tournament and all hope is lost" point in the movie. Here's to a great ending Mr. Tegu!!!
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:55 PM   #9559
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Meh, what are you going to do? I tried to come up with one of the cheesiest examples I could think of.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:12 PM   #9560
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Alright, I move that Duncan starts a new Repository before tomorrow's series starts.

We're literally at rock bottom of mojo, and we're about to hit 10,000 posts in here anyways.

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Old 08-14-2013, 11:17 PM   #9561
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Alright, I move that Duncan starts a new Repository before tomorrow's series starts.

We're literally at rock bottom of mojo, and we're about to hit 10,000 posts in here anyways.

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Would GMDM do it? If not then we must!
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:21 PM   #9562
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GMDM would find a small but well-respected Repository that had been cast off from another site or had lay dormant for years without much use.

Such a repository would be fast to load, but would carry a really small rep stick.

So in other words, Duncan needs to bring us a bad-ass place where we can get our mojo back and beat the Tigers.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:30 PM   #9563
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:09 AM   #9564
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If we don't start winning again, NY will likely overtake us.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:00 AM   #9566
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You can never have enough guys in your lineup that can't hit but can run.
Not only can he not hit, he can't field either. I spent much of the 2013 Jays season making the argument that Emilio Bonifacio was perhaps the worst infielder I've ever seen put on a Jays uniform (until Maicer Izturis and his -2.3 WAR surpassed him in that regard). The fact that he was traded out of the organization was probably one of the high points of the season for me.

I don't know what Moore's plans for him are, but the Royals would probably be better off with some replacement level AAA guy in his spot instead.
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I guess that Zimmer leaving his game with arm stiffness last night doesn't bother anyone?
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I guess that Zimmer leaving his game with arm stiffness last night doesn't bother anyone?
We're in the middle of a playoff chase. Not really concerned about AA pitchers right now.
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I don't know what Moore's plans for him are, but the Royals would probably be better off with some replacement level AAA guy in his spot instead.
I don't know how many times since '06 I've either heard, read, or said the above. This is DM in a nutshell. Never underestimate his ability to **** up a ML roster.
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I guess that Zimmer leaving his game with arm stiffness last night doesn't bother anyone?
He's not coming up this year, and maybe not even next. Get him surgery, move on.

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