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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 07-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #6616
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Sonic gets their name involved with a memory that will last a lifetime. In 15 years when Puig signs a vet minimum here to wrap up his career he will fly out on the warning track, then Ryan Levever go...Wow that brought up this memory of 15 years ago today when Lorenzo Cain hit a grand slam to win some vag bag 25k on the sonic slam inning.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:27 PM   #6617
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Per Rotoworld:

Royals released OF Jeff Francoeur.

Francoeur was designated for assignment earlier this week and cleared waivers with ease. Despite a disappointing .208/.249/.322 batting line this season, he shouldn't have trouble netting a big league contract somewhere.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:30 PM   #6618
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #6619
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:33 PM   #6620
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:42 PM   #6621
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Actually, Hank Steinbrenner pretty much did.
Great, more to my point then. The actual owner with the actual cash decided to sign a guy who laid an egg. Nobody held a gun to Hank's head.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #6622
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Man, this lineup is pretty much a bucket of yuck until Gordon returns.

Lough
Escobar
Hosmer
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Perez
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:15 PM   #6623
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Watched Matt Stairs do it approximately 10 years ago or so. Don't think it's happened since then.
Yep. and it was against Cleveland as well, iirc. @ Jacobs Field.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:23 PM   #6625
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Man, this lineup is pretty much a bucket of yuck until Gordon returns.

Lough
Escobar
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Butler
Perez
Cain
Moustakas
Giavotella
Dyson
I'd like to see Giavotella in the 2 slot with Hosmer this hot... see what Gio can do when he sees a steady diet of fastballs.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:56 PM   #6626
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I'd like to see Giavotella in the 2 slot with Hosmer this hot... see what Gio can do when he sees a steady diet of fastballs.
I would be okay with anyone but Escobar.

I like Gia - didn't he originally bat second in one of his stints in KC or even DLough.
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Watched Matt Stairs do it approximately 10 years ago or so. Don't think it's happened since then.
Yep. That is the one that he mentioned being the last one that he could remember.
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Yep. That is the one that he mentioned being the last one that he could remember.
Stairs was such a stud.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #6630
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On a side note, when I went out to the Riverfront for the fireworks last night, there was a lot of KC Royals stuff being worn by people, more than I can count, especially in JULY!

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