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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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