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Royals Open on Thursday

Bob Fescoe
March 27, 2018 - 1:27 pm
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The 50th Season of Royals baseball opens this week and there are a lot of folks who don't really know what to think about our Boys in Blue.  Well, if I had a crystal ball I would run to Las Vegas and bet the house on what I saw in the future but since I don't, I have to rationalize how I see this season playing out.  By the time you reach the end of this, I will have a record that I think the Royals will achieve this season.  Before we give away the milk for free, lets take a look at 3 reasons to believe and 3 reasons to be concerned about 2018.

 

3 Reasons to Believe

1.  Veteran Lineup- The Royals aren't young.  That is a big misconception.  They have proven veterans all around the diamond and guys that have shown the ability to be very productive at the plate and in the field.  John Jay and Lucas Duda replace Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer and both those guys are solid Major League Baseball players.  I just don't see how this lineup fails with all the veteran bats that are in it in 2018.

2.  Starting Pitching- Yeah I know there could be a lot of what if's with the rotation but isn't that the case with every team in baseball?  At the end of the day you have to stay healthy and if this rotation can stay healthy, they have a shot to be very good.  This will be the year that Danny Duffy puts it all together and goes wire to wire as our ace.  Ian Kennedy was injured last year, this year he bounces back and has a good season.  Nate Karnes has been filthy by all accounts this spring and Jacob Junis is wowing everyone.  I really like this rotation.

3.  Disrespect- This team has always over achieved from what the "experts" say at the beginning of the year.  When the Royals won the World Series in 2018, they were pegged for a team that was supposed to hover around .500.  This year the PECOTA rankings say 65 wins.  The team is already using that as fuel for their fire.

 

3 Reasons to be Concerned

1.  The bullpen- With the exception of Kelvin Herrera is coming off a down season and hasn't shown he's really that reliable in the closers role.  That is a scary situation.  The last thing you want is to lose games late because you can't get the final 3 outs.  After Herrera we don't know much about the pen.  There are a lot of veterans out there but can they be close to what we saw in 2013-2016?  Only time will tell.

2.  Depth- I don't feel like the Royals have real quality depth in their organization right now.  They need to get that farm system back up and running so they can have some guys ready to go in the minors in case a starter goes down.  The Royals really need to stay healthy this year if they want any chance to succeed.

3.  Leadership- Eric Hosmer was the captain of the ship for the last 6 years here in KC.  He was THE GUY inside that locker room.  Not only was he a really good player but he was the glue that held the room together.  He took the bullets for his team, he was the face of the organization and now he's gone.  We need to see someone step up and assume that role.  It would be awesome to see Moose be that guy.

So after all that, I think the Royals are going to be better than PECOTA.  I think 75 wins is a realistic win total for 2018.  Lets take a look back at this in September and see how wrong or right I was!  Here's to a great 2018!  Go Royals!

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