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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 12-17-2012, 01:02 PM   #481
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Did we seriously think he had trade value? How come everyone else in the world knew we needed to non-tender him?
Because no organization clings more stubbornly to the "scout's view" of a player than the Royals. It's painfully obvious. Look at the track record.

Hochevar and Davies are the best examples, but they are far from the only ones. Jeff Francoeur last season is another great example.

Luke Hochevar passes the eye test with flying colors. If you watch him throw, you can see what SHOULD be there.

But that's a good thing... it's the Royals' only hope of moving him, that someone buys into the eye test at this point.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:44 AM   #482
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:58 PM   #483
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #484
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So the Tigers are reportedly shopping Porcello for bullpen arms and high-upside prospects.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:37 AM   #485
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So the Tigers are reportedly shopping Porcello for bullpen arms and high-upside prospects.
The apparent interest in Rick Porcello is mystifying to me. Why does anyone is baseball want this guy?

He's 25, is an extreme contact/luck pitcher, and has never shown any signs of being a strikeout pitcher at all. His already-atrocious K rate is likely to drop as he gets older, too - just like every other pitcher as he ages.

I realize his FIP number looks slightly better (4.26 vs. 4.55 ERA), but the guy has enough experience now to believe he's someone who underperforms his metrics, just like Hochevar.
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The apparent interest in Rick Porcello is mystifying to me. Why does anyone is baseball want this guy?

He's 25, is an extreme contact/luck pitcher, and has never shown any signs of being a strikeout pitcher at all. His already-atrocious K rate is likely to drop as he gets older, too - just like every other pitcher as he ages.

I realize his FIP number looks slightly better (4.26 vs. 4.55 ERA), but the guy has enough experience now to believe he's someone who underperforms his metrics, just like Hochevar.
I'd say yes to Porcello in a heartbeat.
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We have 4 solid starters right now and Duffy and Paulino coming back at the end of the year. We won't be adding any more starting pitching.
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We have 4 solid starters right now and Duffy and Paulino coming back at the end of the year. We won't be adding any more starting pitching.
and even if we were looking, Detroit sure as hell wouldn't trade him to us, unless they believe he's terrible and could give us some losses.
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and even if we were looking, Detroit sure as hell wouldn't trade him to us, unless they believe he's terrible and could give us some losses.
I could understand how they'd believe he's terrible. As he is...
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We have 4 solid starters right now and Duffy and Paulino coming back at the end of the year. We won't be adding any more starting pitching.
4 ?

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Who's the 4th?
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