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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 04-11-2013, 12:12 PM   #2776
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Regarding Starling:

Painful to look at the guys taken in the next ten picks after him:
Archie Bradley (tearing it up, though Bundy got all the attention from that draft)
Francisco Lindor (Mondesi, just 2 years olders)
Javier Baez (exploded last summer. SS with big-time bat)
Jose Fernandez (Cuban emigre is already in the majors)

The Royals were linked pretty heavily to Bradley before the draft.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #2777
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It's only 7 games/28 PAs so far this year, but Starling is 2-for-26 with 0 XBHs, 2 BBs and 11 Ks.

I saw a tweet the other day that said the scouting reports on Starling are like "the soundtrack to a snuff film."

He was fine in Rookie ball last year, though. So cross your fingers.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:15 PM   #2778
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Regarding Starling:

Painful to look at the guys taken in the next ten picks after him:
Archie Bradley (tearing it up, though Bundy got all the attention from that draft)
Francisco Lindor (Mondesi, just 2 years olders)
Javier Baez (exploded last summer. SS with big-time bat)
Jose Fernandez (Cuban emigre is already in the majors)

The Royals were linked pretty heavily to Bradley before the draft.
Everybody knew Bubba was a boom or bust kinda guy. I was fine with taking him. We'll see.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:15 PM   #2779
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I love the stadiums right where they are and I apologize for being from Kansas...I guess......well no.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #2780
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Bubba Starling won't start hitting until we move the stadium downtown.

He's from Johnson County, y'know....

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #2781
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Bubba Startling won't start hitting until we move the stadium downtown.

He's from Johnson County, y'know....
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #2782
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Regarding Starling:

Painful to look at the guys taken in the next ten picks after him:
Archie Bradley (tearing it up, though Bundy got all the attention from that draft)
Francisco Lindor (Mondesi, just 2 years olders)
Javier Baez (exploded last summer. SS with big-time bat)
Jose Fernandez (Cuban emigre is already in the majors)

The Royals were linked pretty heavily to Bradley before the draft.
Is this gonna be like when we passed on Linecum and Kershaw for Hochevar?
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:19 PM   #2783
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Jackson County footed the bill, they get first dibs on tickets and the stadium should stay right where it is. When Clay/Platte/Wyandotte/Johnson all pitch in, we'll put it smack dab in the middle.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:19 PM   #2784
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Who was the Bubba like guy we took in the official WORST DRAFT EVER? I can't remember the first name? Something Crosby...


Anyway, it was a stupid pick from day one. For every Beltran, you get a bunch of shitty players that do nothing.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:20 PM   #2785
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Speaking as someone who never lived in KC and has always gone to the K driving either from rural north MO or CoMO, I love the location because it was easy to access off the interstates, and I never really cared about bars/restaurants before or after the game. I had a 2-hour drive and just wanted to get home.

I'm not able to see more than one game a year now, so I don't count, but I'd like to know the stats on how many folks from outside KC attend how many games a year.
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Jackson County footed the bill, they get first dibs on tickets and the stadium should stay right where it is. When Clay/Platte/Wyandotte/Johnson all pitch in, we'll put it smack dab in the middle.
Pretty much this.
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Who was the Bubba like guy we took in the official WORST DRAFT EVER? I can't remember the first name? Something Crosby...


Anyway, it was a stupid pick from day one. For every Beltran, you get a bunch of shitty players that do nothing.
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I guess KC could do a light rail sytem like St Louie does if they build a downtown ballpark.


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No falming here. Kansas City with its sprawl is built for a light rail system. Unfortunately, the powers that be that actually "run" the city don't know their asses from holes in the ground, and have shown they have no idea on how to get it donw, even though the ****ing populace voted to green light the project.

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The problem with where the stadiums are now, is that there is no AFTER party potential... for some reason the prime area that they COULD have built out is a MODOT equipment parking lot and garage.

Poor vision by whoever planned the area AROUND Truman.
I still don't understand why they don't build the area up around the stadiums. There are plenty of woodland areas that can be made into destination places. Bad zoning, I'm guessing?

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Bubba Startling won't start hitting until we move the stadium downtown.

He's from Johnson County, y'know....
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