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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 03-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #1651
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Looks like a Chiefs hat. Not a fan of the flat billed hats. I don't think anyone would like a Chiefs hat that was blue and white w/ a blue/white Chiefs logo on the side. JMO

This is the Royals hat I have and I love it....fits well (flex-fitted), it's mesh and has the perfect bill curve. One of the only flex-flitted hats that looks good on my head.

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Old 03-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #1652
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If you see a guy in a powder blue Wil Myers USA Futures Game shirt and a red, white and blue Negros League hat, say hey.

I was out at Tempe Diablo Stadium yesterday and I thought Cain looked gimpy as a mofo. I haven't heard anything about it so maybe he always walks like he's 9 months pregnant.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:14 AM   #1653
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If you see a guy in a powder blue Wil Myers USA Futures Game shirt and a red, white and blue Negros League hat, say hey.

I was out at Tempe Diablo Stadium yesterday and I thought Cain looked gimpy as a mofo. I haven't heard anything about it so maybe he always walks like he's 9 months pregnant.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:36 AM   #1654
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Looks like a Chiefs hat. Not a fan of the flat billed hats. I don't think anyone would like a Chiefs hat that was blue and white w/ a blue/white Chiefs logo on the side. JMO

This is the Royals hat I have and I love it....fits well (flex-fitted), it's mesh and has the perfect bill curve. One of the only flex-flitted hats that looks good on my head.

I owned a sporting apparel store at Bannister Mall for 6 years in the 90's. I carried blue Chiefs hats with the arrowhead in blue, I sold probably 500 of them in the 2 years I carried them.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:58 AM   #1655
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:42 AM   #1657
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:42 AM   #1658
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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.
Understood. But that's our opening day starter, and he got shelled. I know it doesn't mean anything, and he might have been working on something, but I'm just annoyed. I would've enjoyed at least one dominant inning. Just one.


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Old 03-23-2013, 10:53 AM   #1660
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Looks like a Chiefs hat. Not a fan of the flat billed hats. I don't think anyone would like a Chiefs hat that was blue and white w/ a blue/white Chiefs logo on the side. JMO

This is the Royals hat I have and I love it....fits well (flex-fitted), it's mesh and has the perfect bill curve. One of the only flex-flitted hats that looks good on my head.

Flat bills are the only way to go... Suprised people still think Curved is "the way to go".
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Flat bills are for the ghetto superstars. Nobody with a respectable job wears a flat bill.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:18 AM   #1663
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I wouldn't think job would have anything to do with it.

Douche level does though.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:23 AM   #1664
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