Hey, guys. I thought it would be interesting if we tried something like this. Just comment with your prediction below. You can also list your 2012 prediction if you damn well please.
So, here we go. My Royals Predictions for 2011:
Hochevar: 14-9; 3.50 ERA
Francis: 16-7; 3.30 ERA (This might seem like a stretch to some of you, but, I think that Francis, barring injury, can be productive this year.)
Davies: 13-10; 4.35 ERA
Chen: 11-9; 4.60 ERA (Expect him to be traded by the deadline, and Monty to come in, but we will get to that in a bit.)
Mazarro: 12-10; 4.75 ERA
Montgomery (IF he comes up): 9-3 (Assuming he comes up at the trade deadline); 3.00 ERA
Now, on to the lineup.
1-Aviles (140 Hits, 14 Homers, 80 RBI, .311 AVG)
2-Melky (115 Hits, 9 Homers, 55 RBI, 270 AVG) (I think that the Royals are over-hyping him a bit, but he can still do alright. Expect him to get traded by the deadline along with Frenchy, who we will get to in a bit.)
3-Gordon (I think he can break out, and "Dominate" like he said) (155 Hits, 29 HR, 80 RBI, .325 AVG)
4-Butler (180 Hits, 22 HR, 105 RBI, .330 AVG)
5-Kila (140 Hits, 31 HR, 80 RBI, .284 AVG) (I also think he can break out)
6- Frenchy (He's not as bad as everyone says he is, but they will trade him by the deadline) (105 Hits, 12 HR, 45 RBI, .275 AVG)
7- Catchers (Matt Treanor: 95 Hits, 35 RBI, .235 AVG) (Jason Kendall: He'll suck, no need for a prediction here) (Brayan Pena: We won't see much out of him this year, but while he's with us: 30 Hits, 3 HR, 12 RBI, .280 AVG)
8: Getz (He'll be replaced when Mous comes up, who we'll get to in a second, but these will be his stats through June) (35 Hits, 1-2 HR, 10 RBI, .248 AVG)
9- Escobar (125 Hits, 8 HR, 55 RBI, .280 AVG) (He'll be average)
?- Moustakas (90 Hits, 17 HR, 55 RBI, .305 AVG)
I'm not going to worry too much about the pen, but I'll just throw in an estimate for Soria.
Soria: (43 Saves, 2.18 ERA)
How I think the team will fare:
I think that they will have a decent year. If they can be one of the top teams in the majors in hitting, have an OK-average starting rotation, better defense, and as good of a pen as we are projected to have, we could compete for (But probably not win) the Division THIS YEAR. Now, that might be a long shot, but I think we can make it happen, especially if we can play consistent. If we have a hot start to the season, and play steady throughout with a few flashes, we could win the division.
Projected record (If we play consistent): 86-76 (1st or 2nd place)
Projected record (If we play like we have been): 76-87 (3rd or 4th place)
Unlike many, I believe in this year's team. I think they can play well this year, and with potential. I'm sure most of you don't think the same, but, this is the best team we have had since '03. Maybe even better.
That is just me, though. Please, give your predictions in the Comment section.