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The Kansas City Royals could be a surprising team in 2013. Or they could be just as bad as ever. The starting rotation will likely be the determining factor in any success or failure the team sees this year. And two of the biggest parts of that rotation have major injury question marks.
As I wrote when the trade was made, there is a good chance Ervin Santana was pitching with an injury last season. Now, their other big trade landing - James Shields - may also be breaking down. If both pitchers are less than 100 percent, the Royals' may struggle.
Jeff Zimmerman of Fangraphs wrote a fantastic piece on Shields' control and how it may indicate an injury. He points out that a drop in velocity is not the only indicator that a player could be pitching with an injury. In Shields' case, he has not lost velocity on his fastball, but his control has suffered. Pedro Martinez once said that when he was fatigued on the mound, you wouldn't see it in his velocity,...
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In a few days, the Royals begin their 2013 season in Surprise, Arizona. The pitchers and catchers report early next week and the position players a few days later. While there was optimism last year, the team believes 2013 is the year they will contend in the American League Central.
The Royals focused their offseason on starting pitching, trading for starting pitchers Ervin Santana...
For a few seasons now, the Kansas City Royals have left their fans wondering: Is this the year the talent comes together?
With promising talent at nearly every position, the Royals have seemed primed for a rise only to remain a bottom-of-the-division team with just one winning season since 1994.
This offseason, the Royals took the next step toward becoming a contender, addressing...
George Sherrill is yet another pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery
and attempting to come back from the operation in a new uniform. The
Kansas City Royals signed Sherrill as a free agent to a low risk contract on
December 7. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, and much to
the Royals delight, the former Orioles closer threw free and easy Friday in a
For three years fantasy owners had been praying for Alcides Escobar to contribute somewhere (anywhere!) to justify rostering him and his potential. In 2011 we saw Escobar start to scratch the surface of his fantasy value, stealing 26 bases and scoring 69 runs while not doing much of anything else. Last year Escobar sneaked (because “snuck” isn’t a word, folks!) inside the top...
James Shields was traded this off season from the Rays to the Royals. He has been known for his durability over the years. Spanning the last two seasons, he is first in complete games with 14. Also, he is second to Justin Verlander in innings thrown. The durability and consistency he is known for may be coming to an end. At the end of the last season, he showed signs of breaking...