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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 07-31-2013, 02:27 PM   #8416
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You must send him lots of questions.
I can honestly say I have never sent him a question. It would be a complete waste of everybody's time.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:28 PM   #8417
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Is there not a 2B equivalent of a Justin Maxwell, anywhere?
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:28 PM   #8418
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I do like that Tejada keeps getting starts at 2b. If he can sustain his current production, he would be similar to some of the guys we were pursuing.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:29 PM   #8420
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Cooper, Parks and Law all agree on it.

That's my Holy Trinity of Baseball Prospect guys.

I will step off the ledge.
I've always heard that Smith's upside is Aaron Crow.
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johnsickels ‏@MinorLeagueBall 6m Smith/Maxwell is shocking. Really. That would get vetoed by some fantasy commissioners
That seems like a wild overreaction.

FUN FACT: John Sickels is married to a woman who was one of my sister's friends from high school.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:30 PM   #8423
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That's kind of what I've been thinking too.
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MLB Network was just talking about how there is no hitting, and that the Rays hit pay dirt getting Myers. Reynolds argued on the Royals side and said w/o Shields the Royals wouldn't even be in the playoff discussion.

Pretty compelling argument's from both sides really.
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Just keep Tejada at second. He is producing as of late.
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MLB Network was just talking about how there is no hitting, and that the Rays hit pay dirt getting Myers. Reynolds argued on the Royals side and said w/o Shields the Royals wouldn't even be in the playoff discussion.

Pretty compelling argument's from both sides really.
Without Shields? True. Without Shields and with the likes of Liriano, Lohse, Myers? False.
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That seems like a wild overreaction.

FUN FACT: John Sickels is married to a woman who was one of my sister's friends from high school.
Yeah, I gotta go with the scouts on this, especially since all the big names agree that Smith isn't much.

Looks like a bunch of statheads looks at the numbers and flipped out. At about AAA is when you can start to ignore the scouts and only focus on stats, but in the low minors the stats dont mean a lot.
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MLB Network was just talking about how there is no hitting, and that the Rays hit pay dirt getting Myers. Reynolds argued on the Royals side and said w/o Shields the Royals wouldn't even be in the playoff discussion.

Pretty compelling argument's from both sides really.
That's probably all true. They did hit paydirt with Myers. The Royals wouldn't be above .500 with a Santana/Guthrie/Chen/Mendoza/Hoch rotation. At least I don't think.
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Even if Maxwell is productive, just not sure how much impact that would be as the right-handed part of a platoon. How many ABs is he getting rest of way? I don't think that even translates to one win, especially since Lough hasn't struggled against LHPs anyway.

An upgrade at 2B would be bigger. I'd love to know how hard DM tried to fix that.

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I bet Dayton Moore is the kind of guy that, when he's at a party, says "Could I have everyone's attention for a moment?" then just farts loudly.











Silly me...to think Dayton gets invited to parties.
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