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Darin Watson

I grew up in Topeka, and learned to love the Royals over many summer nights listening to Denny and Fred. Of course, the Royals were much easier to love back then. They got their claws in me some 30 years ago, then they went to the playoffs in 1984 and won it all in 1985. And I thought to myself, "This is easy. This team is always going to be good!" Sigh. But what can I say? If I've made it this far, I suppose I will always be a fan. But whenever they get good again, I'll be sure not to take it for granted. I promise. I'm also a fan of the Chiefs, Jayhawks (even the football team), Sporting KC, and the Nashville Predators. By day, I'm a mild-mannered project manager for a publishing company, and every night I'm lucky to come home to my amazing wife Michelle. We've been married since 2005 and live in Overland Park. Fun fact, she grew up in Memphis watching many future Royals when Kansas City's AA team was there. So it didn't take much to make a Royals fan out of her. We don't have kids, but we've got three cats (one named after Alex Gordon) and a dog. Follow me on Twitter! @Darin_Watson

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    So his comments are saying that if the defense is for real that could be a half dozen games and if we unbelievably have another year without major injuries that accounts for another half dozen – so 88 or 89. I don’t think that is hard to believe at all. The injury part is long odds, but is fixable with an unexpected breakout year, which is about half as possible an injury free season. My concern about some surprising breakout season is that it will have to come from the Royals starting lineup or Yordano – since there is so much downplaying expectations about Zimmer and Selman now. I do not accept only 77 wins, but I can see that more things than would be normal, have to go right to increase wins. There is also the handicap of current management on and off field. So as currently constructed I expect most projections from outside the organization and local fans to peg us at about 83-84 wins – and BP’s final projections at least 82. :-)

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