For the first time in my life I have optimism for our starting rotation. While it is by no means the best in the American League, I would at least consider it in the top half of rotations in the AL. More than anything this season, I want to see one starter have a career year. I'm talking sub 3 ERA for Santana, Guthrie, Davis, or Mendoza. Who knows, it would be really cool to see Shields make a Cy Young run with a sub 2 ERA. Optimistically, I can see all of our starters winning 12-14 games. That's asking for a lot, but MAN would that be a fun season to follow!
As I was watching the Royals game televised on FSNKC Monday night, another thing I noticed (besides how much I miss Greinke even after we knocked him around) is how stacked our lineup is on offense. Whatever the batting order will be, we don't have many guys I wouldn't want up at the plate with the game on the line. I'm pulling for Hosmer to have a comeback year, so I want the batting order to look like this:
What I noticed about our lineup is we have five players (Gordo, Hos, Butler, Moose, Salvy) who I would not mind hitting in the 3-4-5 holes. That says something. I have always been a believer in putting a good hitter in the 9 spot who will get on base and give a chance for the lead-off hitter to advance him. Or if you have a versatile lead-off like Gordon, you can give him a chance to score him. That is why I put Cain there ahead of Getz.
I know I am a Royals homer, but I would take this lineup before 90% of the lineups in baseball. Francouer and Getzy are the only players I wouldn't want at the plate in the ninth inning of a tie game. I'll take those odds. Now, undoubtedly some of them will struggle this year, but how sweet would it be to have 4 players batting over .300 and another couple right around .280! I look at the lineup and think that something like that is not out of reach. I wouldn't be surprised to finally have multiple all-stars this year.
We are now five days away, Opening Day is upon us.