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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 03-22-2013, 08:10 PM   #1636
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I want nothing more than to have Duncan enter this thread and tell us why this start means nothing.
It's spring training. He could be working on something, he could be trying something new, etc.

It's not like his velocity is noticeably down or he's hurt, etc.

He also probably isn't using any of the pitch sequences he'll use in real games, since he will pitch real games that matter against these guys soon.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:17 PM   #1637
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:10 PM   #1638
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Can you imagine the Royals' lineup with Stanton in the middle of it?
Oh man. I have dreams about Mike '****in' stanton in a royals uniform..
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I'm just saying there's all sorts of shit i could be doing! I could watch a movie, play a video game, rub one out, read a book, learn a foreign language, etc.. But i'm still watching the assholes because i love them, and I hate myself
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:56 PM   #1639
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:59 PM   #1640
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:00 PM   #1641
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Not sure what I think about this Royals hat.
Its one of those flat bills. I cant wear them. I have too big a head for it to fit right and I find them useless as you cant curve the bills properly. That said I like the hat itself, the red and yellow is a cool idea.
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I'm just saying there's all sorts of shit i could be doing! I could watch a movie, play a video game, rub one out, read a book, learn a foreign language, etc.. But i'm still watching the assholes because i love them, and I hate myself
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:05 PM   #1642
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Its one of those flat bills. I cant wear them. I have too big a head for it to fit right and I find them useless as you cant curve the bills properly. That said I like the hat itself, the red and yellow is a cool idea.
I have a big head, too. However they can be curved properly. Those pre-bent college frat boy hats don't fit right on my noggin at all.
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I'm just saying there's all sorts of shit i could be doing! I could watch a movie, play a video game, rub one out, read a book, learn a foreign language, etc.. But i'm still watching the assholes because i love them, and I hate myself
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One of the only hats that fit my head are the Nike ones with the Elastic band in them that are one size fit all. Thus why I own a shitload of stocking caps/beanies
Rossmor-Darrow are the best as far as Stocking Caps.
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Technically he is now called Giancarlo Stanton, so that is maybe why you didn't recognize his name. But he is a monster 6'5 250 RF with 100 HR's/ 240 RBI's in his first two years of Major league action, 23 Years Old. Also, broke Miami's scoreboard with a HR last year.
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Technically he is now called Giancarlo Stanton, so that is maybe why you didn't recognize his name. But he is a monster 6'5 250 RF with 100 HR's/ 240 RBI's in his first two years of Major league action, 23 Years Old. Also, broke Miami's scoreboard with a HR last year.
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