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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 03-25-2013, 11:10 AM   #1726
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I hope this spring gives them just the right amount of swagger to carry into the regular season.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:12 AM   #1727
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i've been whipping the shit out of everyone on MLB the Show, with the Royals. And can do so without having to adjust my sliders all over the place to help myself.

In years past, the R's were so bad I HAD to adjust sliders.

This is a good sign.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:50 AM   #1728
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i've been whipping the shit out of everyone on MLB the Show, with the Royals. And can do so without having to adjust my sliders all over the place to help myself.

In years past, the R's were so bad I HAD to adjust sliders.

This is a good sign.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:22 PM   #1729
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Well FML. Promotion interview on 4/1 at 3:30. I took the day off to drink and watch via Xbox. Now I'll be sober and anxious, the opposite of what opening day should be like.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:25 PM   #1730
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Easy money. How much if you don't mind? I am going to be doing the same but am just trying to decide what that number will be.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:47 PM   #1731
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Easy money. How much if you don't mind? I am going to be doing the same but am just trying to decide what that number will be.
I was kidding based on the MLB The Show scouting report. I don't bet Royals or Chiefs, if I did I'd take the under just to hedge.

Caught Starling and Mondesi taking BP today in Surprise.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:54 PM   #1732
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so, who all is going to opening day besides this guy!!!
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so, who all is going to opening day besides this guy!!!
Not I. I'm sure I'll be watching it though.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:05 PM   #1734
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I was kidding based on the MLB The Show scouting report. I don't bet Royals or Chiefs, if I did I'd take the under just to hedge.

Caught Starling and Mondesi taking BP today in Surprise.
I went to practice Saturday and saw all the MLB guys take some BP. It was strikingly different how the ball came off Butler's bat compared to the others. Getting to the game again tonight vs the Dodgers, can't wait.
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I went to practice Saturday and saw all the MLB guys take some BP. It was strikingly different how the ball came off Butler's bat compared to the others. Getting to the game again tonight vs the Dodgers, can't wait.
I'll be there tonight, we're in 113. Flying back to KC tomorrow.
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Yeah, this spring has shown a few signs of worry:

1. Already tweaking the lineup to deal with Hosmer.
2. Frenchy with all out Frenchy suck. This dude must play at replacement level for the team to have a chance.
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Yeah, this spring has shown a few signs of worry:

1. Already tweaking the lineup to deal with Hosmer.
2. Frenchy with all out Frenchy suck. This dude must play at replacement level for the team to have a chance.
Has Yost been moving Hosmer around the lineup again? I hadn't really noticed that (don't look at box scores from spring that closely).

If you think he's your 3 hitter, stick him in the 3 spot and let it happen.

With Butler behind him and a strong leadoff hitter in front of him, it might be where he's best suited for success.

Frenchy has been flat-out awful again. I was figuring he'd probably be replacement level again this year, but it doesn't look promising.

Maybe he should throw Kevin Seitzer and Billy Butler under the bus again. That will get him back on track...
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Has Yost been moving Hosmer around the lineup again? I hadn't really noticed that (don't look at box scores from spring that closely).

If you think he's your 3 hitter, stick him in the 3 spot and let it happen.

With Butler behind him and a strong leadoff hitter in front of him, it might be where he's best suited for success.

Frenchy has been flat-out awful again. I was figuring he'd probably be replacement level again this year, but it doesn't look promising.

Maybe he should throw Kevin Seitzer and Billy Butler under the bus again. That will get him back on track...
Hosmer is now at 6, and Yost gave a bullshit, convoluted justification for the move. And now the problem will be when Butler hits into a few DPs early in the year, which will definitely happen since he hits so many balls hard, Yost will hyper-react and want to move him back to the 4 spot.

If Hosmer doesn't step forward, I have a hard time seeing this team get to where it wants/needs to go.
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Hosmer back in the lineup today batting 6th.
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Hosmer is now at 6, and Yost gave a bullshit, convoluted justification for the move. And now the problem will be when Butler hits into a few DPs early in the year, which will definitely happen since he hits so many balls hard, Yost will hyper-react and want to move him back to the 4 spot.

If Hosmer doesn't step forward, I have a hard time seeing this team get to where it wants/needs to go.
Agreed. Hosmer must hit for this team to REALLY succeed.

Yost is so inconsistent with his lineup shuffling, though, I'm sure it won't help. The way he was willing to move EVERYONE but Jeff Francoeur early last season (who stubbornly was left in the crucial 5 spot in the lineup for WAY too long)...
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