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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 03-09-2013, 03:09 PM   #1276
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Royals are beating the living dog crap out of the Giants today, 12-0 in the 6th on 17 hits, our pitchers haven't given up a hit yet.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:18 PM   #1277
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Good lord. Call off the dogs, willya? Your guys are on a rampage or something.

Oops, never mind. The Giants had the audacity to score a run. Let 'em have it.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:25 PM   #1279
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Was that the 2nd year mauer was on the cover? Cuz that would explain why I didn't enjoy it....
yup, that's the one. 2010 was much better.
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Royals are beating the living dog crap out of the Giants today, 12-0 in the 6th on 17 hits, our pitchers haven't given up a hit yet.
We'll let you plan the Cactus League Championship Parade route....
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Been playing around with MLB The Show 13 the last couple days. The game is just awesome. Beginner mode is too easy, and experienced is too hard unless you are really good. I think the key is to play around with the sliders and gameplay settings to make a custom difficulty where games seem realistic, and the computer still has the ability to beat you without just getting rocked by the CPU all the time, bumping up your sliders and settings as you get better.

I can already tell that "guess pitch" feature is a crutch. I've got it turned off, need to be able to learn how to be patient and take pitches.
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100% sure that Yordano "Ace" Ventura is going to be closer to #1 of the 100 prospect list after this season. Throwing 101 mph will do that.
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100% sure that Yordano "Ace" Ventura is going to be closer to #1 of the 100 prospect list after this season. Throwing 101 mph will do that.
Any reason why this kid can't be our breakthrough star in the mold of a Lincecum?
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