It's been a wild ride since the last RCI in early February. Juan Cruz and Sidney Ponson were signed, both to be given significant roles at least at the beginning of the season. Mark Teahen has become a second baseman (I think), Tony Pena, Jr. secured a roster spot and Ross Gload was traded. I sense a lot of excitement, anger, frustration, optimism and pessimism among the Royals Review faithful.
The RCI for February was 6.54. As the season is about to begin, let's see how we feel about the 2009 Kansas City Royals.
By the way, don't forget about the Big Prediction Contest. The deadline is first the first pitch of the Royals first game. It's always fun to see how these end up playing out.
Here's the deal. For each of these questions, give me a number from 1-10. 1 means you feel very bad/unhappy/negative about the item in question right now. 10 means you feel extremely good/happy/positive about it. (If you want to use decimals like 6.5, feel free).
1. How do you feel about the 2009 Royals team overall?
2. How do you feel about the 2009 Royals pitching?
3. How do you feel about the 2009 Royals hitting?
4. How do you feel about the 2009 Royals defense?
5. How do you feel about Dayton Moore?
6. How do you feel about Trey Hillman?
7. How do you feel about the Royals minor league system?
8. How do you feel about the Royals future?
Bonus questions (these have no bearing on the RCI):
A. Considering everything, how would you rate the free agent signing of Juan Cruz on a 1-10 scale?
B. Which of the following best reflects your feeling about Tony Pena, Jr.'s inclusion on the opening day 25-man roster?
1. I'm very happy about it.
2. I'm somewhat happy about it.
3. I don't care either way.
4. It sucks but it's impact on the team will be minor.
5. It sucks and it's impact on the team will be major.
C. Which of the following best describes what you think will happen with the Mark Teahen second base experiment?
1. He'll fail pretty quickly and go back to being a 4-corner player only.
2. He won't entirely embarrass himself, but he'll prove he's not good enough at the position for more than occasional spot starts and backup duty.
3. He'll be decent enough to share the position in some kind of platoon or rotation with Callaspo and/or Bloomquist.
4. He'll be good enough to get the vast majority of starts at second base, essentially becoming a nearly full-time starting second baseman.
D. How many major league starts will each of the following pitchers make with the KC Royals in 2009?
(Feel free to fill in the names and predictions of other pitchers if you like)
E. What is your best estimate of how many games the Royals will win in 2009?