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OBPlover wrote:Royals suck.
As a good rule of thumb I tend to avoid Royals in my fantasy leagues and I sleep well at night. Yeah you get the occassional gem like Billy Butler but I just avoid. It's just a team that keeps finding new ways to suck. Someone is suppose to emerge and be great ...and then bamn..out of nowhere they just suck.
AussieDodger wrote:http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/2012/10/kansas-city-royals-2012-13-offseason.html1 CF Lorenzo Cain
2 SS Alcides Escobar
3 LF Alex Gordon*
4 DH Billy Butler
5 3B Mike Moustakas*
6 C Salvador Perez
7 1B Eric Hosmer*
8 RF Jeff Francoeur
9 2B Chris Getz* vs RHPProjected Starting Rotation
1 RHP James Shields
2 RHP Jeremy Guthrie
3 RHP Ervin Santana
4 RHP Wade Davis
5 LHP Bruce ChenProjected Bullpen
CL RHP Greg Holland
SU RHP Kelvin Herrera BA#7 BP#9
SU RHP Aaron Crow
MID LHP Tim Collins
MID RHP Luke Hochevar
MID LHP Everett Teaford BA#26
LR RHP Luis Mendoza
I don't think they can do it. Their rotation beyond J.Shields (a top-10 SP in 2012) is woeful.
Guthrie, Santana, Hochevar and Chen were amongst the 30 worst SPs in 2012. W.Davis has a 5.9 K/9 and 4.22 ERA as a starter.
Sure, they have Gordon and Butler...but they also have Francoeur and Alcides providing negative value every time they bat.
I think what happens with Hosmer and Moustakas will decide if they even get near .500. Will Hosmer provide some power? Will Mous lift his walk rate/OBP?
I'm predicting they end up with 77-80 wins. What do you think?
lastingsgriller wrote:They'll probably contend for a while and then crash in an epic meltdown that breaks the hearts of Royals fans in a way that a 60-win season never could.
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