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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 08-10-2013, 01:09 PM   #9196
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:10 PM   #9197
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So I hate to be Captain Bringdown (although the last time this team looked this good this late, I was 5 years old in '94), but should we be worried about the fact that this team has so many come from behind wins? I remember everyone saying last year that Baltimore (I think it was them, anyways) couldn't keep up their pace because of all their wins in 1-run games. Why wouldn't we be saying the same about come from behind wins? Hoping someone with more knowledge of baseball can give me a good explanation.



That said, I think I'm in this boat. That one last night made me feel excited to wake up as a Royals fan for the first time since....well..... Let's go make the damn playoffs.
A come from behind victory occurs if we are down one after the first inning. Yesterday was more of a legit come from behind victory but it is definitely not our norm so no I don't think there is anything to worry about.
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:14 PM   #9198
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According to Toby Cook (PR guy for the Royals), it's almost sold out for tonight. Only a few tickets remaining.
Good find. Royals just tweeted this.

@Royals We're tracking towards a capacity crowd tonight. If you plan to head to The K, please purchase your tickets ahead of time! #FillTheK #Royals
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:31 PM   #9200
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Good find. Royals just tweeted this.

@Royals We're tracking towards a capacity crowd tonight. If you plan to head to The K, please purchase your tickets ahead of time! #FillTheK #Royals
yea right. That would be unreal. No way they sell out
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Cain on dl. Dfa bueno. Recalled smith and Donnie Joseph. Cain injured obliques in no on Friday. Those linger. ****.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:28 PM   #9204
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Cain on dl. Dfa bueno. Recalled smith and Donnie Joseph. Cain injured obliques in no on Friday. Those linger. ****.
I'm excited about seeing Maxwell play more, but I'm going to miss Cain's defense in center. It seems like Lough would be a better option in CF and Maxwell in right.

What does Bueno have to do to stay on the roster? He was great last year and great last night.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:03 PM   #9206
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I'm excited about seeing Maxwell play more, but I'm going to miss Cain's defense in center. It seems like Lough would be a better option in CF and Maxwell in right.

What does Bueno have to do to stay on the roster? He was great last year and great last night.
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Yes, Rangers have taken over first place in the West, which bumps the Royals up to 4 GB instead of 4.5.
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