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Posted 03 April 2006 - 09:27 AM

Alright, time for the new season of Kansas City Royals Baseball.My official prediction(s): -Royals finish 4th in AL Central at 73-89.-NL Playoff teams: Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Mets (WC)-AL Playoff teams: Yankees, Indians, A's, and White Sox (WC)-World Series: Indians over BravesPosted ImageRoyals Overview 25-man roster # Name B/T Height Weight DOB 48 Jeremy Affeldt L/L 6-4 225 06/06/79 27 Denny Bautista R/R 6-5 190 08/23/80 50 Ambiorix Burgos R/R 6-3 235 04/19/84 47 Elmer Dessens R/R 5-11 200 01/13/71 37 Scott Elarton R/R 6-7 255 02/23/76 41 Jimmy Gobble L/L 6-3 205 07/19/81 34 Luke Hudson R/R 6-3 195 05/02/77 22 Joe Mays S/R 6-1 200 12/10/75 51 Andrew Sisco L/L 6-10 270 01/13/83 36 Steve Stemle R/R 6-4 200 05/20/77 46 Mike Wood R/R 6-3 220 04/26/80 Catchers 6 Paul Bako L/R 6-2 215 06/20/72 14 John Buck R/R 6-3 220 07/07/80 Infielders 4 Angel Berroa R/R 6-0 190 01/27/78 3 Esteban German R/R 5-9 165 01/26/78 2 Tony Graffanino R/R 6-1 190 06/06/72 15 Mark Grudzielanek R/R 6-1 190 06/30/70 11 Doug Mientkiewicz L/R 6-2 205 06/19/74 29 Mike Sweeney R/R 6-3 220 07/22/73 24 Mark Teahen L/R 6-3 220 09/06/81 Outfielders 35 Emil Brown R/R 6-2 210 12/29/74 32 Shane Costa L/R 6-0 200 12/12/81 9 David DeJesus L/L 6-0 185 12/20/79 16 Reggie Sanders R/R 6-1 205 12/01/67 12 Matt Stairs L/R 5-9 215 02/27/68 KK's prospects to watch -Billy Butler (19 years old; will start year in AA ball. Extremely good offensive numbers in both his years in the minors...will likely be on the Royals team at the start of next year...needs to work on OF defense a little bit....but his bat is very very highly regarded.)-Alex Gordon (22 years old; Royals #1 draft pick last year out of Nebraska. Had a very impressive Spring Training..and could probably play in the Majors this year. Will start year in AA, but will likely be called up in August or September, as he appears to be almost MLB ready right now. Very strong bat and very strong glove and more importantly, a great attitude and work ethic. Unsure whether he will play 3b or whether he will be groomed for an outfield position.)-Justin Huber (23 years old; the future first basemen for the Royals...whether he takes that position next year as a starter or not depends on whether or not his defense is up to par...will likely be called up mid-season and will be given adequate playing time. Will likely replace Doug Minky come next season. Very highly acclaimed bat. Will open up in AAA)-J.P. Howell (22 years old; got some starts with the Royals last year in his first year out of college. He will be the first starter called up from the Minors should the Royals need pitching. Very good stuff..needs to harness control a little bit. Had some poor outings with KC last year, but also had some extremely impressive outings with the Royals. Needs probably 15 starts or so in the Minors to develop, but will likely be a regular in the starting rotation next year, as the Royals are very high on Howell. Will likely open up in AAA).
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 09:37 AM

Who's their starting pitcher today?

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 09:46 AM

04/03/06-- Tigers vs. Royals; 3:10 p.m. CT.Starting pitchers: Kenny Rogers (DET) vs. Scott Elarton (KC)Projected starting lineup for Royals (2005 numbers): CF David DeJesus (122 G, .293 BA, .359 OBP, 9 HR, 56 RBI, .804 OPS)2b Mark Grudzielanek (137 G, .294 BA, .334 OBP, 8 HR, 59 RBI, . 741 OPS)DH Mike Sweeney (122 G, .300 BA, .347 OBP, 21 HR, 83 RBI, .864 OPS)RF Reggie Sanders (93 G, .271 BA, .340 OBP, 21 HR, 54 RBI, .886 OPS)LF Emil Brown (150 G, .286 BA, .349 OBP, 17 HR, 86 RBI, .804 OPS)1b Doug Mientkiewicz (87 G, .240 BA, .322 OBP, 11 HR, 29 RBI, .729 OPS)SS Angel Berroa (159 G, .270 BA, .305 OBP, 11 HR, 55 RBI, .680 OPS)3B Mark Teahen (130 G, .246 BA, .309 OBP, 7 HR, 55 RBI, .685 OPS)C John Buck (118 G, .242 BA, .287 OBP, 12 HR, 47 RBI, .676 OPS) Scott Elarton (31 games, 11 wins, 9 losses, 4.61 ERA, 182.2 IP, 103 SO, 48 BB, 1.30 WHIP)
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:01 AM

View PostKowboyKoop, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 10:46 AM, said:

04/03/06-- Tigers vs. Royals; 3:10 p.m. CT.Starting pitchers: Kenny Rogers (DET) vs. Scott Elarton (KC)Projected starting lineup for Royals (2005 numbers): CF David DeJesus (122 G, .293 BA, .359 OBP, 9 HR, 56 RBI, .804 OPS)2b Mark Grudzielanek (137 G, .294 BA, .334 OBP, 8 HR, 59 RBI, . 741 OPS)DH Mike Sweeney (122 G, .300 BA, .347 OBP, 21 HR, 83 RBI, .864 OPS)RF Reggie Sanders (93 G, .271 BA, .340 OBP, 21 HR, 54 RBI, .886 OPS)1b Doug Mientkiewicz (87 G, .240 BA, .322 OBP, 11 HR, 29 RBI, .729 OPS)LF Emil Brown (150 G, .286 BA, .349 OBP, 17 HR, 86 RBI, .804 OPS)3B Mark Teahen (130 G, .246 BA, .309 OBP, 7 HR, 55 RBI, .685 OPS)SS Angel Berroa (159 G, .270 BA, .305 OBP, 11 HR, 55 RBI, .680 OPS)C John Buck (118 G, .242 BA, .287 OBP, 12 HR, 47 RBI, .676 OPS) Scott Elarton (31 games, 11 wins, 9 losses, 4.61 ERA, 182.2 IP, 103 SO, 48 BB, 1.30 WHIP)
That lineup is horrible - I cringe at those OPS numbers. Only Burgos got drafted in my bb league (8 teams 30 roster spots); even Sweeney got passed over..I get a kick out of reading Rob and Rany at www.robneyer.com - two suffering KC fans.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:04 AM

View Postgobears, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 1:01 PM, said:

That lineup is horrible - I cringe at those OPS numbers. Only Burgos got drafted in my bb league (8 teams 30 roster spots); even Sweeney got passed over..I get a kick out of reading Rob and Rany at www.robneyer.com - two suffering KC fans.
It'll be better. Royals had an extremely good offensive spring...so they are getting better.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:05 AM

View Postgobears, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 11:01 AM, said:

That lineup is horrible - I cringe at those OPS numbers. Only Burgos got drafted in my bb league (8 teams 30 roster spots); even Sweeney got passed over..I get a kick out of reading Rob and Rany at www.robneyer.com - two suffering KC fans.
I love Rob and Rany.I think DeJesus will be good.

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:15 AM

What's the deal with Greinke? I thought that he was going to be a stud but last year was a disaster and now he's on the DL due to personal issues?I agree that DeJesus has the potential to move up to the next level plus he's at the right age for a breakout season.They should have traded Sweeney to a contender at some point around past trade deadlines; could have picked up some young talent.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:19 AM

View PostKowboyKoop, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 10:04 AM, said:

It'll be better. Royals had an extremely good offensive spring...so they are getting better.
Not to mention that most of those players are young and on the upswing.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:35 AM

View Postgobears, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 11:15 AM, said:

What's the deal with Greinke? I thought that he was going to be a stud but last year was a disaster and now he's on the DL due to personal issues?
I think people were just too high on him to start with. No strike outs plus a lot of fly balls equals a lot of trouble. The only guys who can get away with not striking out hitters are guys with incredible control and throw a lot of ground balls.

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 11:07 AM

The Royals are undefeated! The Royal are undefeated!
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 11:59 AM

View PostHobbes, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 1:35 PM, said:

I think people were just too high on him to start with. No strike outs plus a lot of fly balls equals a lot of trouble. The only guys who can get away with not striking out hitters are guys with incredible control and throw a lot of ground balls.
Yes...the Royals hyped him up way too much and rushed him to the Bigs. He'll be back though and he'll be fine. He's got awesome stuff...he just needs to get the mentality down. Will he ever be a Cy Young candidate? Probably not. But he will be a very very good pitcher in the Bigs.

View PostMDXS, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 1:19 PM, said:

Not to mention that most of those players are young and on the upswing.
The real fun will be when Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, and Justin Huber are all regulars in the lineup....then our offense will actually be good for once. Remember them names....especially Gordon.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 01:18 PM

View PostKowboyKoop, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 9:27 AM, said:

15 Mark Grudzielanek R/R 6-1 190 06/30/70 11 Doug Mientkiewicz L/R 6-2 205 06/19/74
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 01:50 PM

View Posttimwakefield, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 4:18 PM, said:

It's friggin alphabet city out there this year.
Just can't wait to see it....."Ground ball to short.. Berroa to Grudzielankeek to Mientkevwhatthe****icz??? Double play!!!"
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 02:28 PM

View PostKowboyKoop, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 12:27 PM, said:

Alright, time for the new season of Kansas City Royals Baseball.My official prediction(s): -Royals finish 4th in AL Central at 73-91.
um...you sure about that one?

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 02:41 PM

View PostSolodell, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 3:28 PM, said:

um...you sure about that one?
They didn't increase the number of games in the schedule?

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 03:07 PM

View PostSolodell, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 5:28 PM, said:

um...you sure about that one?
LOL....caught my f*cked up math skills there...kinda funny.73-89 is what it should say...04/03/06--Game RecapTigers 3, Royals 1Winning pitcher: RogersLosing pitcher: ElartonWell-played ballgame. Couple cheapie homeruns to the shortest parts of the park by Chris Shelton...and then two big blasts by John Buck and Emil Brown to the very deepest part of the ballpark that the wind barely kept in the park...game might have been different with a little more luck..but that's baseball. Even though we lost, I thought we were okay. Elarton looked decent..struggled with control a little bit, went 5 2/3 innings..only two runs given up on two short homeruns..can't complain about that too much. Elmer Dessens was extremely impressive out of the pen..with 4 Ks in 1 1/3 innings. Ambiroix Burgos was impressive in the 9th. Our offense struggled a bit, but again hit three or four really good shots that on lots of other days would be homeruns and doubles...but not today. I'll take a well-played 3-1 loss anyday over last year's usual sloppy 7-3 and 9-5 losses. Off day tomorrow. Afternoon game on Wednesday.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 04:01 PM

View Postdigitalmonkey, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 3:07 PM, said:

The Royals are undefeated! The Royal are undefeated!
Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 04:37 PM

View Postdigitalmonkey, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 7:01 PM, said:

Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
Yeah..that was a nice streak..but what I'm actually most proud of is the fact that we are undefeated on the road this year. That's where we really shine.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 04:54 PM

View PostKowboyKoop, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 5:50 PM, said:

Just can't wait to see it....."Ground ball to the pitcher.. Berroa to Grudzielankeek to Mientkevwhatthe****icz??? Double play!!!"
better if its a groundball to macdougal or ambriorix.and something tells me a team won't have much "luck" with scott elarton as their opening day starter.go KC!
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 05:58 PM

View Postmrdannyg, on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 7:54 PM, said:

better if its a groundball to macdougal or ambriorix.and something tells me a team won't have much "luck" with scott elarton as their opening day starter.go KC!
Elarton was fine today. Is he a great pitcher? No. But I'll take 5-6 innings of two run ball from him every time and be happy with that. Now, of course...I hope he doesn't end up being our best pitcher for the year...but I don't think that will be the case.
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