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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 05-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #3571
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:27 PM   #3572
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:19 PM   #3573
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Sadly this is probably more true than false. We'll see. The fact the Indians make twice is much is small potatoes compared to someone like the Dodgers, who just signed a TV contract that gives them probably close to $300M a year. And it has the potential to get worse as teams like the Phillies get new deals.

There was actually an article about all this in LA Weekly a few weeks ago. It touched on 1) the idea whether these huge contracts were sustainable given that more and more people were giving up on cable. They may be creating a bubble that's going to burst. And 2) how this creates an even wider gap between the rich and poor, and used the Royals and Dodgers as the example. It claimed the Royals got $20M from TV and $25M from revenue sharing. The Dodgers blow that out of the water before selling a single ticket.

That's why the Shields deal happened. I was surprised nobody talked about this development in analyzing the trade. We have a short window and soon our players will become too expensive and it's back to rebuilding.

When Dayton said he owed it to Billy and Alex he was really saying that he only has them 3 more years anyway.
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The league must act to address these competitive balance issues. The fact is, the league will die if this continues.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:23 PM   #3575
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How can they prevent Glass from signing bad deals?
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The trick is to prevent Glass from ruining the entire league with his shitty deal signing. That probably gets accomplished by doing TV deals at the league level.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:44 PM   #3577
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Goddamned Detroit. 17-1 they are pounding the Astros. The Astros may as well be a high school team. JFC.
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Goddamned Detroit. 17-1 they are pounding the Astros. The Astros may as well be a high school team. JFC.
Can't wait to go up against them.
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Worse was the blown lead in the 8th on Thursday and in the 9th yesterday
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And Houston's only recent win was 9-1 vs the Yanks a few weeks ago.
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And Houston's only recent win was 9-1 vs the Yanks a few weeks ago.
I'd be very disappointed if the Royals can't sweep them....
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I'd be very disappointed if the Royals can't sweep them....
Same here. Looking for 3 easy wins.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:18 PM   #3584
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Same here. Looking for 3 easy wins.
I remember when I first started watching the Royals...
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