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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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    If KC keeps the 7 man pen,

    Closer – Soria
    Setup – Broxton & Holland
    LOOGY – Mijires

    Teaford, Coleman, and _____________________.

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    jim fetterolf

    Good post, David.

    I’m not sure I believe Yost about a seven-man ‘pen, might just be smoke to motivate bench candidates, may be showing some love for his rotation to try to build them up. May just be hope.

    If the starters average six innings, that leaves 486 innings for the ‘pen, about 61 each for 8 relievers, nearer 70 for 7 relievers. Not fatal, but assumes a lot of one inning performances rather than too many two and three inning jobs by Wood and Teaford, or Mendoza and Teaford. Having Soria return to solid will help, but most important factor for pitching this year is pitch count and a lot of that rides on Duffy, Sanchez, and Paulino getting more efficient and punching hitters out with stuff rather than trying to fool them with nibbles. I assume all three know this and all three are highly motivated, so I expect progress. Maybe Yost does too.

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