It has been a long three years since the last Royals Confidence Index, and an amazing five years since the first one. We are long overdue, and I'm curious to see what the fan mood is. Spring is a time of hope, even for Royals fans. And some moves have been made which should (?) improve the team. But these are the Royals. Are we optimistic? Happy? Let's see.
For those who don't remember the RCI, here is how I introduced the concept way back when:
Some other fan sites/blogs have some version of an index or poll which measures and tracks fan confidence, excitement, happiness, etc. So I thought I'd give it a try. Of course this isn't a real measure of anything except for how fans on this site feel about the team. So, give me your answers and after I get a bunch, I'll crunch the numbers and report back on the averages, including some kind of wild-ass mega-number which will purport to be the Royals Confidence Index.
Clearly the "regularly" part was just a lie, but this is the internet after all. Anyway, 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 6.3, feel free).
1. How do you feel about the 2013 Royals team overall?
2. How do you feel about the 2013 Royals starting pitching?
3. How do you feel about the 2013 Royals relief pitching?
4. How do you feel about the 2013 Royals hitting?
5. How do you feel about the 2013 Royals defense?
6. How do you feel about Dayton Moore?
7. How do you feel about Ned Yost?
8. How do you feel about David Glass?
9. How do you feel about the Royals minor league system?
10. How do you feel about the Royals future?
Bonus questions (these have no bearing on the RCI):
A. How many games do you think the Royals will win this year?
B. How will the Royals do in the AL Central this year? (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th place)
C. What kind of a chance do the Royals have of making the playoffs this year? (give a percentage: 0%-100%)
D. Right now, how do you feel about the Shields-Davis for Myers-Odorizzi-Montgomery-Leonard trade? (On a scale of 0-10 with 0 being the worst possible move and 10 being the best possible move)
E. How many games do you think James Shields will win this year?
F. How do you think Luke Hochevar will perform as a reliever? (On a scale of 0-10 with 0 being awful, 10 being spectacular and 5 being an average MLB reliever)
G. List the five Royals pitchers who you think will make the most starts for the Royals this year (In descending order of games started).
H. How many starts do you think Felipe Paulino will make this year?
I. How happy are you that Mendoza has been named the fifth starter?
i. I'm ecstatic.
ii. I feel good about it.
iii. It's ok, I guess.
iv. I don't care, the Royals had no good 5th starter options.
v. I'm unhappy because they should have picked someone else
J. Which Royal will hit the most home runs this year? (and how many will that be?)
K. Which Royal (qualified for the batting title) will be the team's best hitter (by wOBA, OPS or whatever nerd stat you want to use)?