But we would not have believed they would finish at that record had we known that:
Alex Gordon & Jose Guillen would miss most of the month.
Billy Butler would be hitting .193 on April 28. (God I hope the last 2 days continue)
John Buck would be slugging at a about what Olivo's OPS + his batting average- and Olivo would still be getting more playing time.
Kyle Farnsworth would be a worse gas can than predicted, and would single handedly make a win into a loss in almost half of his appearances.
Horacio Ramirez would already have failed miserably as a starter.
Joakim Soria would make only one appearance in the last 17 days of the month.
Mike Jacobs would only have 4 Home Runs.
Ron Mahay would be ineffective.
Trey would continue to struggle handling the bullpen & at crunch time.
Mike Aviles would fall completely off the table. (He is swinging at high pitches as though he were Angel Berroa)
What would your pre-season prediction for April have been then?
Yeah, mine too.
Of course I left out the fact that Greinke may have borrowed God's right arm, but still, to be 12-10 with so many of the "things that needed to happen for the Royal's to contend" simply not happening,I am practically giddy.
So much so, in fact, that my April updated prediction for wins is now 80. (up from a slightly pessimistic 73) This is the first time I have mentioned a # starting with 8 since 2003.
I hope this does not jinx them!