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Kansas City Royals

Stadium: Kauffman Stadium | Manager: Ned Yost
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Remember this next year when someone tries to tell you that spring stats mean something: Mike Moustakas hit .429/.522/.768 with seven doubles, four homers and 18 RBI in 69 spring plate appearances. He started the regular season 1-for-26. Boy, he really carried over all that momentum, right?
Yordano Ventura is must-watch TV. Seriously, I don't care where you live, find a way to watch his next start. He's amazing. Triple-digit fastballs mixed in with a hammer of a curveball. So fun to watch that we'll slap the old "pitching porn" label on it. NSFW.
Looks like the playoff drought will continue if they can't close out games any better than that.
They sport the longest playoff drought in the majors (1985). Is this finally the year? I think they have a very good chance.
Lots of good stories here, but I'm gonna go with Greg Holland and his strikeouts. Man, I love watching him pitch. There would be great arguments for several others, like former bust of a No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar becoming an important bullpen piece and Eric Hosmer looking set to become a star as soon as next year.
Preseason Ranking: 16. "With a revamped starting rotation and talented young position-playing core, there's a decent shot to contend," I said. I'll take it.
Eric Hosmer is ticketed for stardom after all. The line right now sits at .303/.357/.450. He has only 16 homers, sure, but keep in mind he had only one through June 12. Since then he's hit 15 in 82 games. He's only 23, too, so more power will come. It's almost as if overreacting to his sophomore slump -- at age 22 -- was stupid.
They'll post their first winning record since 2003, but not make a serious run at a playoff berth.
They close with seven on the road against the Mariners and White Sox, but will they still be alive?
After that incredible run got them right in the thick of the wild card race, they've lost six of eight -- including losing a series to the Marlins. The margin of error is too low after the bad stretches they had in the first half, so they can ill-afford stretches like this.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGLorenzo Cain , CF.333
HRMike Moustakas , 3B1
RBIAlex Gordon , LF9
OBPSalvador Perez , C.397
SLGSalvador Perez , C.440
RAlex Gordon , LF9
SBNorichika Aoki , RF2
WJeremy Guthrie , SP2
ERAJason Vargas , SP1.64
WHIPJason Vargas , SP0.86
KJames Shields , SP26
SVGreg Holland , RP5
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