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Old 12-11-2012, 08:59 AM  
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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 06-21-2013, 10:44 PM   #6091
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I mean, there has to be something else that their gonna do. 5 outfielders and 7 relievers? Our utility guy is now the 75 year old Tejada (Where based on recent trends is gonna be our almost everyday 3b)? Maybe getting something done for Utley?
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:03 PM   #6092
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:21 AM   #6093
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That is, um, peculiur?
Francoeur has a little more value than Getz because he offers a RH bat and at least gives them the opportunity to match up against LHP occasionally.

Next move should be DFAing JC Gutierrez and calling up Anthony Seratelli. Seratelli adds another UTIL spot and gives them more roster flexibility.

I hope to never see Chris Getz play a major league game for the Royals again...
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:53 AM   #6094
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Francoeur has a little more value than Getz because he offers a RH bat and at least gives them the opportunity to match up against LHP occasionally.

Next move should be DFAing JC Gutierrez and calling up Anthony Seratelli. Seratelli adds another UTIL spot and gives them more roster flexibility.

I hope to never see Chris Getz play a major league game for the Royals again...
I'd rather bring up Giavotella again than try Seratelli. I understand Johnny G. went through a little slump that's depressed his numbers this year, but he's so much younger and has actually picked it up a little in the last 10 days (hitting over .300 during that stretch).
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:20 AM   #6095
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I'd rather bring up Giavotella again than try Seratelli. I understand Johnny G. went through a little slump that's depressed his numbers this year, but he's so much younger and has actually picked it up a little in the last 10 days (hitting over .300 during that stretch).
I'd fine with that, too.

Main thinking with Seratelli is that he can play more positions (though he really is a pretty bad defender no matter where you stick him).
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:29 AM   #6096
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I'm just saying...we need "power" that desperately.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:47 AM   #6097
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Year seven of the DM era, ladies and gentlemen.

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C'mon, from Day 1 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 was always The Year to Compete.

Just be patient. This will all be fixed in the offseason.
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I don't mind Gordon going to the bench .... something has been off for awhile with him.

hurt ... needs a break?


Frenchy and Moose still playing after sucking this long is stupid though
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Gordon is just in a deep slump. Needs the day off and hopefully will snap out of it soon. Hosmers HR was a real positive sign yesterday. Glad Getz is gone, he should be in the minors the rest of his career
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