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May 6, 2009

Rob Neyer looks at the Royals' HR & BB numbers and pitcher Ks and wonders if they might be for real. He makes some good points about why they are better this year even aside from Greinke's monster start, but I don't see how it's really sustainable - they don't have a whole lot of new guys doing established things, nor young guys developing. Mike Jacobs does give them some more power, but he's the only guy on the team on pace for 20+ HR, while I am very doubtful that Coco Crisp will draw the 126 walks he's currently on a pace for.

Improvement? Yes, the Royals may manage that even without Alex Gordon. But I don't see how this team will end the year anywhere near the top of Neyer's "Beane Count."

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:56 PM | Baseball 2009 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

The game Neyer refers to is a perfect example of the Royals this season (when Greinke isn't pitching). They were down 4-0 and 5-1 before Jacobs hit a 3 run homer. The pitcher immeadeately gave up 2 more runs to make it 7-4. The bullpen stiffened and the offense kept chipping away. They threatened several times and finally pulled out an 8-7 win in 11. This team just thinks they can win every game. In the past it seemed they were suprised when they came back to win one. Now they seem suprised if they don't. There is a culture change coming in KC.

Posted by: maddirishman at May 7, 2009 1:03 AM

They got talent, they got youth and they got pitching-maybe their owners will open their wallets and make it interesting-Greinke, Meche, Soria, Teahen, Crisp, others-who knows maybe this could be fun.

Posted by: dch at May 7, 2009 1:37 AM
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