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There were several factors that came into play last season, the 2016 campaign for the Kansas City Royals, that resulted in the club finishing just .500 on the season after a Fall Classic Championship in 2015. Injuries, age and regression to the mean were all variables to their sub-par season.
Team: Kansas City Royals
2016 Record: 81-81, 3rd place in AL Central
SP Jason Hammel (free agent)
P Travis Wood (free agent from Cubs)
UT Brandon Moss (free agent)
OF Jorge Soler (trade)
SP Edinson Volquez (free agent – Marlins)
SP Kris Medlen (free agent – Braves)
SP Yordano Ventura (passed in auto accident)
RP Wade Davis (traded to Cubs)
RP Greg Holland (free agent – Rockies)
OF Jarrod Dyson (traded to Mariners)
DH Kendrys Morales (free agent – Blue Jays)
- The loss of young right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura had a direct effect on the Team Win Total for Kansas City and moved the number to a favorable 74.5, one that I am recommending a play to the OVER.
- A healthy Kansas City offense isn’t going to run or be the same threat they were on the base paths in 2014 and 2015 but the maturity and contact percentages from the bats of 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, 3B Mike Moustakas, and SS Alcides Escobar, who are all in contract years by the way, make the Royals the second best team in the AL Central behind the Cleveland Indians.
- The loss of Kendrys Morales was filled by Jorge Solar. The absence of Wade Davis and Greg Holland from the bullpen isn’t going to be a game changer for Kansas City, not with the talent they have in the pen, e.g. Kelvin Herrera.
- All-Star C Salvador Perez continues to grow as a hitter and his plate discipline is exponentially higher than it was over the last three seasons.
- The starting rotation is severely undervalued. The underlying peripherals of last year’s starters was substantially better than their surface numbers and southpaw starter Danny Duffy is the real deal.MLB Season Team Win Future Free Pick: Kansas City Royals OVER 74.5 wins on the season.