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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 05-31-2013, 08:24 AM   #5221
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What if Brett legitamitely helps the hitters and we start seeing a significant increase in power. Do you give Moore credit or is he simply lucky? I realize this is unlikely unfortunately though.
I think realistically - George can do 3 things -

1. Command Respect
2. Get these guys up off their ass and working (Moose and Hoz)
3. Inject some freaking passion for the team and the city into these lifeless SOBs

Will that translate to improvement? Who knows. George admitted yesterday that he doesn't know.

Is it worth a shot? Sure. I mean, at this point - it can't hurt.

Is this the beginning of the end for Nedly? Absolutely.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:28 AM   #5222
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Can you believe, after all this, the Royals are only 6.5 games behind? What a crappy division.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:32 AM   #5223
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That's what DM is hoping for. All is well, because GB is in the dugout. I admit, it brings back great memories, but this is akin to throwing a dress on a pig - at the end of the day, it's still a pig.

DM bought some time with this move, but that's all he did. This is still going to end up being a train wreck disappointment of a season - AKA, business as usual for the Royals Organization
I can separate my love for Brett from my belief that this franchise needs a (another) reboot.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:34 AM   #5224
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Can you believe, after all this, the Royals are only 6.5 games behind? What a crappy division.
With a week of Minnesota and Houston coming up. Crazy things can happen in baseball.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:37 AM   #5225
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I can separate my love for Brett from my belief that this franchise needs a (another) reboot.
I know you can. I'm just blathering right now - AKA, business as usual for ChiTown.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:42 AM   #5226
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With a week of Minnesota and Houston coming up. Crazy things can happen in baseball.
I just got a little bit excited.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:44 AM   #5227
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With a week of Minnesota and Houston coming up. Crazy things can happen in baseball.
Minnesota coming to KC doesn't relieve my angst at all. HOU.....we better sweep those MF'rs
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:52 AM   #5228
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Knowing the Royals we will sweep Texas and Detroit, then get our shit pushed in by Houston again.
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Because that worked so well last time.
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What if Brett legitamitely helps the hitters and we start seeing a significant increase in power. Do you give Moore credit or is he simply lucky? I realize this is unlikely unfortunately though.
i think Brett is there to evaluate the clubhouse and to a certain extent Yost
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Can you believe, after all this, the Royals are only 6.5 games behind? What a crappy division.
Don't be silly. Detroit is on pace to win 92 and Cleveland 89. They are doing just fine.


The fact we are "only" 6.5 back is due to being only 1/3 the way in. We are on pace to finish over 20 back o Detroit. Don't be foolish.
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Don't be silly. Detroit is on pace to win 92 and Cleveland 89. They are doing just fine.


The fact we are "only" 6.5 back is due to being only 1/3 the way in. We are on pace to finish over 20 back o Detroit. Don't be foolish.
Moral victories. We're used to being 20 back at this point, already.
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Moral victories. We're used to being 20 back at this point, already.
Sadily, not really. we were in about the same place last year at this time
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