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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 05-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #3496
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It will be interesting to see what the Royals do if both Paulino and Duffy come on strong. I could see a scenario where they pitch Paulino this year and let him replace a faltering starter and send Duffy to AAA on a "rehab assignment" to preserve a year of his mlb service time.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:26 PM   #3497
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I did. Still makes no sense, as many others have pointed out.

You don't watch the games, do you? If you did, you would see why Salvy is an integral part of this team and putting him on the bench would be a HUGE mistake.
You're still confused. Read the post again.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:28 PM   #3498
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You're still confused. Read the post again.
I could read it 1000 times but that won't make it any less retarded. Sorry.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:32 PM   #3499
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I could read it 1000 times but that won't make it any less retarded. Sorry.
I agree, you could probably read it 1,000 times and still not get it. Nobody called for him to be "benched", and I'm not certain you know what that word even means.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:38 PM   #3500
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Not exactly lighting up AAA. He's still a strikeout machine, with 31 in 94 ab. A 1/3 strikeout rate in AAA is not a good sign and it lends credence to the Royals' scouts who privately expressed concern he wouldnt be able to hit consistently in the Majors. More ominous is his insane BABIP of .403. So his numbers are probably even more inflated than they show which is .298-3-17.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:27 PM   #3501
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I agree, you could probably read it 1,000 times and still not get it. Nobody called for him to be "benched", and I'm not certain you know what that word even means.
Platooning him with George Kottaras would effectively put him where exactly? The bench. Unless Salvy can play defense and Kottaras can hit against "tough rigthies", we won't be seeing a platoon this year, dumbass.
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Platooning him with George Kottaras would effectively put him where exactly? The bench. Unless Salvy can play defense and Kottaras can hit against "tough rigthies", we won't be seeing a platoon this year, dumbass.
Read the post again.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:46 PM   #3503
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Wow, another postponed game?

I guess they won't ever have a day off the back half of the season?
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Looking at the Phillies fire sale (lol), Cliff Lee would be tempting as hell if the price was right. His salary is crazy but damn a stud lefty to the rotation would be nice. Also he is from Arkansas, so KC wouldn't freak him out. But back to dream world.
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Wow, another postponed game?

I guess they won't ever have a day off the back half of the season?
Its made up on Monday.
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Looking at the Phillies fire sale (lol), Cliff Lee would be tempting as hell if the price was right. His salary is crazy but damn a stud lefty to the rotation would be nice. Also he is from Arkansas, so KC wouldn't freak him out. But back to dream world.
A 2B/RF is definitely who we need to be searching for over the deadline.

Who are our expendable trading chips lying the in minors right now?
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A 2B/RF is definitely who we need to be searching for over the deadline.

Who are our expendable trading chips lying the in minors right now?
Chase Utley & Giancarlo Stanton?
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Chase Utley & Giancarlo Stanton?
Well, I'm unsure if we'll fill both of those positions (I have a unsettling feeling that Dayton considers Frenchy to be a vital piece to this franchise) but Utley (if he stays healthy) would be a sexy get if we can swing it.
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Looking at the Phillies fire sale (lol), Cliff Lee would be tempting as hell if the price was right. His salary is crazy but damn a stud lefty to the rotation would be nice. Also he is from Arkansas, so KC wouldn't freak him out. But back to dream world.
Lee was put on waivers last August, but nobody was willing to swallow the $88million bullett he's owed the next three seasons. There's no way Glass would even entertain such a thought nor should he. There's also the troubling part of him having veto rights to 70% of the MLB teams via trade. Not sure if we'd make that cut either.
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