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Old 08-15-2013, 08:13 AM  
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New thread, this time with more burst.

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 08-15-2013, 09:27 AM   #31
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It's a South Park reference.

Getz is marginally better than Giavotella at 2B. He has below-average range and a rag arm. He is sure-handed, though.

His base-running is solid but nothing special for a light-hitting middle infielder. HAve to get on base to take advantage of that, and he doesn't.
I'm not even sure it's marginally, anymore. And he may be "quick" around the bases, but I think he's a stupid base-runner
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:29 AM   #32
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So, when Moose and Cain return, can the Royals win with a platoon of Carrol (.300+ against LHP) and Bonifacio at 2nd?

I never watch South Park.
Sure. Assuming Cain and Moose don't fall off a cliff when coming back from the injuries.

Bonifacio MIGHT be able to handle the job straight up. Depends on how he adapts to the change of scenery.

Caroll is fine as a util guy who plays against lefties. Asking him to do anything more than that is a disaster.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:31 AM   #33
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Sure. Assuming Cain and Moose don't fall off a cliff when coming back from the injuries.

Bonifacio MIGHT be able to handle the job straight up. Depends on how he adapts to the change of scenery.

Caroll is fine as a util guy who plays against lefties. Asking him to do anything more than that is a disaster.
I presume the platoon at 2B will be Bonifacio and whoever survives of Getz and Johnson. I can't see Carrol playing over them especially since he would be our back up 3B.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:34 AM   #34
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How can any serious baseball person even contemplate keeping "Lin" Elliot Johnson on a MLB roster, let alone a 40 man. DFA his worthless ass, there are at LEAST 4 better options in the system.

Gio, Colon, Falu, Seratelli
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #35
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All of you naysayers and Neyers can GTFO and
Hey, I've been cheering for this team since my family moved here in '86. I watch every game that I can, winning or losing.

But I'm pissed off about yesterday, and the shit lineup we threw out there. I get that injuries have hurt us, but going to Detroit with 3 spots in our lineup guaranteed to be some form of Getz/Dyson/Carroll/Bonifacio just sucks. I get that the Omaha guys are "unknowns" at this point, but we KNOW that Getz and Carroll can't hit, period.

Plus in two of those Detroit games, you can replace Sal in the lineup with Kottaras. So we are going into our biggest series in 20 years with 3 good hitters (Hoz, Butler, Gordon) 3 guys hitting decent (Lough, Sal, Escobar) and 3 guys that could not hit if the ball was sitting on a stand.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:44 AM   #36
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How can any serious baseball person even contemplate keeping "Lin" Elliot Johnson on a MLB roster, let alone a 40 man. DFA his worthless ass, there are at LEAST 4 better options in the system.

Gio, Colon, Falu, Seratelli
Colon and Falu both can play SS, so they would make sense to promote and replace Johnson.

If I'm choosing between Getz and Johnson at the MLB level, though, and they haven't added another guy capable of playing SS, I keep Johnson because of his ability to play SS. Despite his error yesterday, I still believe Johnson is a better defender and base runner than Getz.

This whole situation is an excellent example of the danger of over-exposing a bench guy like Johnson, and why you can't just take a guy's production in a small sample size and project his WAR over a full season.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:49 AM   #39
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Hey, I've been cheering for this team since my family moved here in '86. I watch every game that I can, winning or losing.
Oh we were all pissed off yesterday. It was an abomination. But it's over, and you can't let that stick with you. Not questioning anyone's fandom, just saying that it's time to move forward.
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Step 1: Stop reading anything Lee Judge writes about the Royals or baseball in general.

Step 3: Profit.

Getz's defense and baserunning are SEVERELY overrated by the Royals' front office.
I noticed you left Paulino off the depth for 14. Are you writing him off? If healthy I think he is a solid to good starter, obviously IF is the key word there.
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I noticed you left Paulino off the depth for 14. Are you writing him off? If healthy I think he is a solid to good starter, obviously IF is the key word there.
They don't have control of him after this year... he would need to accept a minor league deal at this point, in all likelihood.

Just not sure what becomes of him. I agree... if healthy, he's a solid piece in that rotation.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:15 AM   #43
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So it looks like Duffy's going to get one of the starts tomorrow...and I'm fine with that. But do you think Ventura gets a shot this year?
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So it looks like Duffy's going to get one of the starts tomorrow...and I'm fine with that. But do you think Ventura gets a shot this year?
I don't think he's quite ready... pitched six shutout innings yesterday but walked five while doing it.

His command/control still have a way to go.
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