Kansas City Royals: 2010 Preview

SportsPickle is previewing each MLB team in the lead up to Opening Day 2010.
Today: Kansas City Royals (2009: 65-97, T-last in AL Central)

STARTING PITCHINGAt the top of the rotation the Royals have Zack Greinke, the reigning A.L. Cy Young Award winner. Unfortunately, the rest of the rotation — Gil Meche, Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies and Brian Bannister — is a complete disaster. Look at Greinke as you would the King of Norway. He is afforded all the rights and privileges of a king, and deservedly so. But he still has to live in Norway.
LINEUP Where to start? The Royals can't hit, but they also can't field; Kansas City led the A.L. in errors last year and their big defensive improvement is Rick Ankiel, who plays the outfield pretty well for a starting pitcher. Their lineup includes Jose Guillen and Jason Kendall, two great building blocks if you're the 1998 Pittsburgh Pirates. On the plus side there is productive young first baseman Billy Butler, who can hit for average and power like former Royals star Mike Sweeney. Is he also as dumb as Sweeney? We'll see when his contract comes up.
BULLPEN … Joakim Soria is one of the best closers in the game. The rest of the bullpen includes such greats as Kyle Farnsworth, Bruce Chen and Roman Colon. Fun Fact: The "Roman Colon" was a popular service at the bathhouses of ancient Rome.
BENCH … Brayan Pena, Mike Aviles, Willie Bloomquist, Chris Getzand Josh Fields. That's Kansas City's bench. Sooooooooo … yeah. I guess there probably won't be a lot of contentious position battles with those guys as the possible replacements. Should be good for team morale. Yes? Possibly?
OUTLOOKThe other three historically awful MLB teams of recent years — the Nationals, Pirates and Orioles — seem to be close to turning the corner. The Royals do not. Great job not selling out, K.C.!


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