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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 05-29-2013, 03:59 PM   #4891
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Atleast the Chiefs mix in a winning season here and there.
Chiefs do it to ingrain the misery further.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:01 PM   #4892
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Dayton will eventually fire him just to save his job.
That that will work?

I think the display of solidarity among this group right now is because Ned knows his job is tied to the hitting coach hire and Moore knows his is tied to Yost's.

There's been too much failure for these guys to be able to fire someone else to save their jobs at this point, IMO.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:02 PM   #4893
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Dayton will eventually fire him just to save his job.
GlASS will make him fire Yost and then fire Dayton himself. Good times
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That that will work?

I think the display of solidarity among this group right now is because Ned knows his job is tied to the hitting coach hire and Moore knows his is tied to Yost's.

There's been too much failure for these guys to be able to fire someone else to save their jobs at this point, IMO.
It's a no win situation if Moore keeps Ned. Ned will keep on losing and both will be on the unemployment line at the end of the year. But there's at least a chance even though small that the interim coach Moore hires will win with this team. I think Moore would be stupid not at least take that chance. That could save his job.
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Regarding HRs does any team take more first pitch fastballs down the middle than the Royals? It seems like pitchers always throw a gimme on the first pitch (excpet to Franceour) and from then on out our hitters go into a defensive protect the plate mode.
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Yeah, its the size of the park that is causing these guys to foul off cock high fastballs.
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Regarding HRs does any team take more first pitch fastballs down the middle than the Royals? It seems like pitchers always throw a gimme on the first pitch (excpet to Franceour) and from then on out our hitters go into a defensive protect the plate mode.
Shit, when they do swing at fastballs down the middle, they foul them off. I've never seen a group of dudes that a pitcher can make mistake after mistake and they can't hit the ball on a line
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Hope that bitch is gone after this season too. I can't imagine how he'd be if we actually had a winning team and don't really want to find out
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Hud says it's not Dayton's fault the players aren't playing well. Dayton has a plan!
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