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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 06-24-2013, 05:17 PM   #6166
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I agree that Gordon and especially Butler have been disappointing and should be carrying the team. Beating a dead horse, but yes, Mr Wal Mart is the one of the worst owners in Pro Sports and sets no example or precedent for winning. It all starts at the top.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:18 PM   #6167
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Right. Now, back to Alex. Why does he suck so badly, and why does his BFF suck so badly too? I mean we've beaten Hos & Moose to death (deservedly) but what about these two turds?


Dayton counted on them to produce, and they aren't. That's 19M of payroll with them. What's your explanation?
Gordon has had a good year. He was actually having an outstanding year up until his recent slump. Baseball is 162 games. Players go through slumps.

Butler has always been a streaky hitter. I'm sure he'll get hot soon and we will all forget that he started out slow.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:25 PM   #6168
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Saw a rumor that there was a Royals scout at a Padres game recently. There was a SD article that mentioned it briefly? Someone on twitter mentioned maybe their looking at Gryorko or Blanks.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:30 PM   #6169
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Saw a rumor that there was a Royals scout at a Padres game recently. There was a SD article that mentioned it briefly? Someone on twitter mentioned maybe their looking at Gryorko or Blanks.
Its was on sb, nation I think.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:33 PM   #6170
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You're right...

http://www.royalsreview.com/2013/6/2...res-for-hitter

it listed the original source here

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/...-volquez-bass/
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He killed that ball.
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35-38, third in AL Central, 6-1/2 games back

So much for the impact of George Brett as interim hitting coach.

The Royals are 14-9 since Brett and Pedro Grifol replaced Jack Maloof and Andre David as the team’s hitting instructors, as opposed to 21-29 before the change. But the team is actually scoring fewer runs, dropping from 3.98 to 3.74 per game.

Pitching and defense are the primary reasons the Royals are near .500. Yet, even the pitching is something of a mirage.

While the team leads the American League in ERA, it is only 11th in Fielding Independent Pitching, which measures the effectiveness of pitchers based on results that do not involve fielders. What’s more, the Royals’ pitchers have the league’s sixth lowest strikeout rate, and their opponents’ batting average on balls in play is the fifth lowest.

In other words, they’re getting lucky.

Some rival executives criticized the Royals’ blockbuster with the Rays as a reach, reasoning that the Royals were not good enough to sacrifice a prospect such as Wil Myers in a win-now deal.

I disagreed with that assessment initially, but not now. I’m skeptical that the Royals can catch the Indians, much less the Tigers.


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It was a ****ing disaster the moment it happened. Some simply tried to convince themselves otherwise.

Bottom line: Dayton Moore is dumb as ****.
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The Royals and Dayton Moore need Myers to fail in order for the trade to look even decent.
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It was a ****ing disaster the moment it happened. Some simply tried to convince themselves otherwise.

Bottom line: Dayton Moore is dumb as ****.
We had no place to put Myers. RF was filled. Gotta trade excess talent for need.
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