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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 06-10-2013, 06:13 PM   #5686
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We now lead the AL in ERA. Wow. We are the only team in the top five not above .500. They are all actually well above as well.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #5687
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We now lead the AL in ERA. Wow. We are the only team in the top five not above .500. They are all actually well above as well.
Just shows how awful our offense has been.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #5688
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We now lead the AL in ERA. Wow. We are the only team in the top five not above .500. They are all actually well above as well.
I think we all expected the pitching to be good with the additions of Santana and Shields, but we also expected the offense to improve. Moose and Escobar got worse instead of better. Frenchy got worse(How is this even possible?) Hos has been better, but has the power of Ben Revere. Butler not showing power from last year. The offense sucks balls.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #5689
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I think we all expected the pitching to be good with the additions of Santana and Shields, but we also expected the offense to improve. Moose and Escobar got worse instead of better. Frenchy got worse(How is this even possible?) Hos has been better, but has the power of Ben Revere. Butler not showing power from last year. The offense sucks balls.
Sweaty balls.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:40 PM   #5690
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Butler looks like a guy who should be hitting 30+ dingers a year. I don't understand why he can't get more power out of that frame?
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:42 PM   #5691
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Butler looks like a guy who should be hitting 30+ dingers a year. I don't understand why he can't get more power out of that frame?
His arteries are plastered with zebra cake filling. Really takes a couple of mph out of your bat speed.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:02 PM   #5692
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #5693
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Butler looks like a guy who should be hitting 30+ dingers a year. I don't understand why he can't get more power out of that frame?
Have you seen him? Billy is literally the Pillsburgy Doughboy. If he'd hit the weight room a little more often and exchange some of that blubber for muscle, he'd have more than warning track power.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:31 PM   #5694
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Is our pitching staff top 3 in the league?
You're going to have to consult ChiefsandOsfan.
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I'd say both our offense and defense can't keep up their horrible/awesome pace.
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Is our pitching staff top 3 in the league?
If you subtract the pile of suck that is Wade Davis?

Yes, probably so.

Side note: If Davis can get back to being just the pitcher he was in his first go-round as a starter - which was completely league average - this team would be in great shape.

Honestly, once Duffy or Paulino are healthy, I wouldn't mind seeing Davis given a token 15-day DL stint to see if some consistent time off can get him "right."
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So far it is. Our rotation leads the league in IP too. I'd think about putting Chen back in for Davis but other than that all is good
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