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Old 12-11-2012, 09:59 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, 11:02 PM   #6271
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If the players who are supposed to be playing well, hosmer, Gordon, moose, butler we would be right in the thick of things.
Precisely. And fans want to talk about Wil Myers instead.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:01 AM   #6272
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The point isn't Wil Myers now. The point is that the team wasn't ready for a win-now push. Therefore, we should not have made the trade. If the offense had broken out, we may have missed a good opportunity, but we would certainly have had $$$ to address pitching via free agency.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:05 AM   #6273
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The $8million fat-ass at DH is a huge problem this year and he seems to skate from these discussions. Out of 160 qualifiers, he's a dreadful 114th in slugging at .390 (behind Chris Donofria of SD).
Butler kind of gets a pass here because of how good he's been in the past, particularly last season.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:13 AM   #6274
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How every hitter in our organization has regressed from last year has got to be an indictment of the major league development/coaching process. That doesn't let DM off the hook, because those are his guys implementing his retarded philosophies (which apparently include a complete disregard for OBP as has been demonstrated by his acquisitions as well as coaching at the ML level.)
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:23 AM   #6275
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Butler has NO protection in the lineup. He's pressing and doing things he hasn't done in the past. That's why we need a slug get now that we're all in with Shields.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:31 AM   #6276
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When Texas (rumoredly) offered us Derek Holland for Joakim Soria (during his last year of prominence).

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Old 06-25-2013, 07:55 AM   #6277
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If you want to say signing Frenchy was dumb, everyone agrees. But Myers wasn't playing this year with Gordon and Cain clear starters and $7m owed on French. Did you think we'd just park 7m on the bench?
He's been on the bench a good chunk of the time anyway, even without Myers here. He only has 23 at-bats this month.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:13 AM   #6278
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Having a great offense and five #3 starters isn't going to get you anywhere.
It's working pretty well for the Orioles. I'd much rather be in their position than the Royals the last couple of years.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:16 AM   #6279
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The point is that the team wasn't ready for a win-now push. Therefore, we should not have made the trade.
Hindsight 20/20.

The offense was supposed to be good. And the defense. And the bullpen.

Had the front office KNOWN that the offense would be this bad top to bottom, they would have had no choice but to blow up the whole thing. Iím sure Royals fans would have loved that.
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Butler has NO protection in the lineup. He's pressing and doing things he hasn't done in the past. That's why we need a slug get now that we're all in with Shields.
But again, we're scoring about what we scored last year. Why wasn't he "pressing" last year?
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you know....Ned coming to the defense of his players (during games)
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you know....Ned coming to the defense of his players (during games)
Did Jeff Montgomery seriously say they can't afford to lose Humberto Quintero this early in the ballgame?
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But again, we're scoring about what we scored last year. Why wasn't he "pressing" last year?
Weren't Hosmer, Perez, and Moose (for awhile) producing at a much higher rate last year?
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