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Royals Nightly
Saturday, March 26, 2005
 
Sheehan's AL Central Preview
Joe Sheehan's preview of the AL Central is available as free content over at baseball prospectus. It should be noted that last year, at a widely optimistic time, Joe nailed the Royals on their upcoming dismal season,

This team will be among the top three teams in the AL in runs allowed. That, or Carlos Beltran will have 500 putouts. It's a soft-tossing, flyball rotation with more guys likely to have 6.xx ERAs than 4.xx ERAs. The offense might actually be decent, assuming reasonable health from a bunch of guys--Gonzalez, Stairs, Sweeney--who haven't been too reliable. But the pitchers will put a ton of balls in play, and this isn't the defense to handle that.
865 RA
758 RS

Hopefully, the Royals will realize early enough that they can't win this season and be able to flip a whole bunch of guys. That's the best-case scenario. They will not win the division.

As for this season, Sheehan writes, "the Royals will battle the Devil Rays for the title of worst team in baseball".

Ouch.

Personally, I say its 50-50 the Royals lose 100 games, but they may catch a few breaks, play well in the division and maybe only lose 90.

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Monday, March 21, 2005
 
No!!!!!!!
The word on the street (or per the KC Star) is that our Royals are interested in signing Joe McEwing as one of the utility guys.

McEwing's career line is only slightly better than what, say, any good high school player in America might put up: .253/.307/.363.

Need I add that dude isn't even fast? Lets see, other than being passable at multiple positions, McEwing still isn't actually good at anything. Take a player like Ken Harvey, Ken's not good at anything either, but there are at least a few things he doesn't suck at: he can hit a fairly empty .280, and might one day develop a little mini-power stroke and become Mike Tucker lite. It could happen. McEwing meanwhile, has no upside, no potential, and no skills. He's just a standard issue known-entity, non-criminal and looks like he hustles alot (because inherently everyone sees the suckiness). Thats freakin it.

I know its a minor, non-issue signing that hasn't even happened yet. Still, don't do this Allard.

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Sunday, March 20, 2005
 
Pickering/Harvey Update
Calvin Pickering, the people's choice at 1B/DH, is having a rough spring. In 30 ABs, he's managed just 5 hits, all singles, which comes out to a nice batting and slugging average of .167. (I can't find any sources that list walks, which is a big part of Pick's value.)

Swingin' Ken, on the other hand, is batting .200, but does have a homer and a double, for a still terrible .360 SLG%.

[Insert disclaimer about Spring Training stats here.]

The thing is, I can be skeptical of good stats, but bad ones too? Its clear that Pickering will have the support of Allard, but nevertheless needs to get off to a strong start if he wants to get over 200ABs.

Well, until Sweeney gets hurt at least.

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Pickering/Harvey Update
Calvin Pickering, the people's choice at 1B/DH, is having a rough spring. In 30 ABs, he's managed just 5 hits, all singles, which comes out to a nice batting and slugging average of .167. (I can't find any sources that list walks, which is a big part of Pick's value.)

Swingin' Ken, on the other hand, is batting .200, but does have a homer and a double, for a still terrible .360 SLG%.

[Insert disclaimer about Spring Training stats here.]

The thing is, I can be skeptical of good stats, but bad ones too? Its clear that Pickering will have the support of Allard, but nevertheless needs to get off to a strong start if he wants to get over 200ABs.

Well, until Sweeney gets hurt at least.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
 
Truby Out
Yesterday's good news. From MLB.com,

MESA, Ariz. -- Hot prospect Mark Teahen might be the Royals' starting third baseman on Opening Day after all.

Chris Truby will be out for several weeks because of a chipped bone in his left wrist, general manager Allard Baird said Tuesday.

Celebrating the injury of a B-level placeholder... Ohh the joys.

Believe


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Monday, March 07, 2005
 
The Perfect Storm
Terrence Long, he of the .830 career OPS, praising Tony Muser, who as a .424 career winning % as a manager, and a career OPS of umm, .631?

Not possible?

Too hilarious to ever happen?

Wrong.

From today's mlb.com fluff piece on T-Long's general greatness:

Long spent most of his one season with San Diego as a pinch-hitter, a new assignment that was made easier by former Royals manager Tony Muser, now the Padres' bench coach.

"I think it was more of a mental approach to pinch-hitting," Long said. "I'd never done it before so I spent a lot of time on the bench talking to Muser and just learning the game, learning the situations. He's a smart baseball guy so you can learn a lot. That helped me relax more and just concentrate on my job. It's an important part of the National League."

For the Padres, Long hit a career high .295 and, as a pinch-hitter, his average was .340 (17-for-50). That was the best among National League pinch-hitters with at least 50 at-bats

Believe

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Thursday, March 03, 2005
 
Nice
Nice triple post earlier today...

Gooooooooood Blogger...

Believe.

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Royals/Rangers at 3PM
Pretty cool to see games again... even if they are meaningless. I'm still trying to get around to parts 3 & 4 of the RN Royals Preview, but the work schedule has just been murder lately...

One quick thing:

-Greinke
-Gobble
-Hernandez
-Lima Time
-Tankersley
-Anderson
-Affedlt
-MacDougal

I'm pretty sure that one of these guys will do better than expected and that one of them will flame out, melt down, and be totally useless. (No, I don't know who will do this, but just that with pitchers... you know someone will surprise, good or bad.)

The question is, what will the other guys do?

Can Jimmy Gobble continue to be a major league pitcher without strking anyone out (at a historically relevant level)? Can MacAffeldt step up and be useful? Can Runelyvs return to his 2 months of adequacy in 2003?

Questions Questions...

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