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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 05-16-2013, 10:37 PM   #4246
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Anyone got a stat on the percentage of times Dyson scores when he gets on base?
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:59 AM   #4247
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Wil Myers continues to slump in AAA. Down to .252/.349/.392 in 143 ABs. Four HRs, 50 Ks.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:21 AM   #4248
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Rany linked to this in his latest blog post. I remember it, but didn't know it was on YouTube. For those not old enough to remember, watching Willie Wilson hit triples and inside-the-park home runs was one of the most exciting things I've seen:

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Old 05-17-2013, 06:24 AM   #4249
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That's why I had irrational exuberance when Dyson first came up. I know I'm not supposed to like players like that because they usually are overrated offensively -- they don't walk, they don't hit with power, make too many outs, etc. -- but Dyson reminded me a lot of Wilson, and he was just so fun to watch.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:04 AM   #4250
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Rany linked to this in his latest blog post. I remember it, but didn't know it was on YouTube. For those not old enough to remember, watching Willie Wilson hit triples and inside-the-park home runs was one of the most exciting things I've seen:

Wilie was so fun to watch as a Royals fan. Wilson was awesome on the basepaths.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:11 AM   #4251
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Anyone got a stat on the percentage of times Dyson scores when he gets on base?
He's been on base 12 times this year and scored 8 of them. That's 67 percent.

That's an insanely high rate and will come down, but he also has 5 2B and 2 3B. When he puts HIMSELF in scoring position, Dyson is just hard to keep away from home plate, because he's scoring on ANY base hit other than an IF single or a rocket right at a guy with a strong arm.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:12 AM   #4252
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Rany linked to this in his latest blog post. I remember it, but didn't know it was on YouTube. For those not old enough to remember, watching Willie Wilson hit triples and inside-the-park home runs was one of the most exciting things I've seen:

Was at that game. All I wanted for my birthday, that year, was tickets to the Yankees series. My Dad got the tickets, and took Me and 2 of my buddies to the game. We sat in the Left Field Deck. That video REALLY brought back some memories. My Dad passed away 11 years ago, and both of those buddies died as well. One of them was murdered, and the other passed away 2 years ago of cancer. I went from happy to depressed in a matter of minutes.....
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I went from happy to depressed in a matter of minutes.....
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Rany linked to this in his latest blog post. I remember it, but didn't know it was on YouTube. For those not old enough to remember, watching Willie Wilson hit triples and inside-the-park home runs was one of the most exciting things I've seen:

That dude had some wheels.
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More like May 1966.
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