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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    Thank you! I have been making the case that the rotation may not regress as much as people think (or at all) for the last month or so. I’ve been approaching it differently, though. I just think about the 39 starts made between Wade Davis and Louis Mendoza, which weren’t just below average. They were super bad, something approximating a 5.30 ERA in 39 starts. I don’t understand how people think to themselves “Well, the Royals are losing Santana’s 3.24 ERA in 32 starts so they’ll regress,” and they conveniently forget the abysmal starts from Davis and Mendoza, as if those are going to automatically roll over from last season. It will be tough to replace the production of Santana, but the replacements don’t need to do that. They need to replace the average production of Davis, Mendoza, and Santana. That is not nearly as difficult. In fact, I think there’s a chance they exceed those numbers. Average those pitchers together, and it’s 4.33 ERA over 440 IP. If Vargas, Duffy, and Ventura (I’m not counting Chen because he’s sort of a holdover from last year) can’t somehow do that, the Royals were never going to be in good shape. But I think they can do that, and I think they have a good chance of besting that. The question is can Shields, Chen, and Guthrie duplicate their production from last year?

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    jim fetterolf

    All Cerner would have to do is offer half a billion and contract to keep the team here for twenty years. Not really much to talk about but an actual offer would carry some weight.

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