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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 05-15-2013, 03:23 PM   #4156
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Fred White passed away today from Melanoma.
I can't find any news on it. The only articles out there are how he made his retirement official yesterday.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:24 PM   #4157
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Fred White passed away today from Melanoma.
WTF? I just hear them talking on the game broadcast last night that he was retiring.

Man, I miss the days of him, Denny Matthews and Denny Trease.

RIP, Fred.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:25 PM   #4158
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Fred White passed away today from Melanoma.
This is terribly sad for me. The voices of Fred and Denny was the last things I heard nearly every summer night when I was a kid. My folks would let me listen to the Royals games on the radio in bed. It was a great honor to listen to them as a team. Good Bye Fred White, I only got to met you once but you went out of your way to talk to me and it will never be forgotten.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:25 PM   #4159
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Very sad news, RIP Fred.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:35 PM   #4160
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I can't find any news on it. The only articles out there are how he made his retirement official yesterday.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:38 PM   #4161
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Ah, hell. RIP Fred.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #4162
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Extremely sad. Grew up listening to Fred and Denny. RIP. Sad day.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #4163
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That is too bad, Fred White will be missed.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #4165
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dang. Hosmer has been a bust and now bubba
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:58 AM   #4166
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Looking at the box score this kind of stood out

Our 1st baseman has a higher obp than slugging percentage right now
.324 > .323

that's uh .. something else. At least Hos'll take a walk
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:11 AM   #4167
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Guess who's leading the AL in defensive WAR (1.0)?

Elliott Johnson.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:39 AM   #4168
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Guess who's leading the AL in defensive WAR (1.0)?

Elliott Johnson.
funny. He's actually hitting surprisingly well also although in a small sample size
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dang. Hosmer has been a bust and now bubba
Last nite, Sweeney was on the broadcast. Said Hosmer has "been swinging great." Then he said Moose is "starting to heat up"


I guess an OPS of about 650 for a 1B is swinging great, and a 1-23 slump for Moose is "starting to heat up". I wonder if he's seen us play this year or not, I doubt it.
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"I think his foot got stuck in the wall when he jumped," right fielder Lorenzo Cain said. "Hopefully, he's OK because we definitely need him out there."

-- Lorenzo Cain, on Dyson's ankle sprain.

Why, Zo? When Francoeur is available, who needs Dyson?

Said no one not named "Francoeur" ever.
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