I Want To Believe,Please Help Me
Many on this site believe the Royals can win division in 2013 or before. I do not see where this optimism comes from.
Assuming The Royals do win Division Title in 2013 , I can see only 2 members of this years lineup as starters; Billy Butler at 1B or DH and David DeJesus in one of the outfield spots(if he does not get traded).I simply do not know where they come up with 7 or 8 new starters. Perhaps 2 to 4 but not as many as the aforementioned number.
Next problem is where do you get 5 Starting Pitchers? Grienke is a given barring injury. After that who from this year's staff can be counted on? Meche is probably through and Bannister has been getting lit up lately but he could possibly be a #3, more likely a #4 . That leaves at least 3 slots, most likely the 2, 3 and 5 spot and perhaps the 4 if Meche and Bannister wash out. Davies or Chen are not the answer. Who will be the other 3-4 starters?
Finally consider the Relief Pitchers. Soria is of course the closer unless someone offers the farm for him. I can see Farnsworth(if he is not traded) and maybe Tejada sticking. Who will be the other 3 or 4 assuming the Royals go with an 11 pitcher staff?
I have followed the Royals since 1969. I would like to see them win and win soon but I think this going to reqiure a roster turnover of 12 -15 players from our 2010 team. I know some of you laughed and made fun of my posts but I would like you to give me your ideas on what a 2013 Division Title Royals team lineup will look like. Thanks, John