The 2014 MLB season was a year that Royals fan will remember for the rest of their lives. It was a season/trip/journey that Kansas City fans will talk about for years to come.
Not a day goes by when you and your buddies are talking about the Royals and someone always brings up “Should Jirschele have sent Gordon?” That question will be asked until the Royals do win the World Series. (He would of been out by a mile, lets not get into that argument.)
Flying back from Nashville and from Columbus, Ohio, I have never seen so many Royals hats and shirts before in my life. For the first time Royals fans are not afraid to show everyone they are a Royals fan. In fact, it was nice to say to a Orioles fan in the airport in Chicago, “So how bout the Royals bullpen….” his response “We knew if we were down in the 6th we were toast. Oh and your boy Cain in center is crazy underrated.”
The one non actual baseball stat I am looking forward to is the attendance numbers that will show up this year. How packed will the K be this year?
Well 2015 is here and the buzz around the Royals is at an all time high for a 30 year old like me. I know the buzz for the Royals was always at an all time high in the late 70s and 80s. Trust me, my co-workers who were around then tell me all the time “Jake you should of seen the buzz around the Royals then.” Well for a individual such as myself who was born in 1984, this 2015 is the most excited I have been for a season of baseball.
Well my prediction for the 2015 season is below.
For the Royals, I have them going 84-78.
Pitching wise, I think Duffy and Ventura have solid years and Guthrie and Vargas also do what they do, which is eat up innings and give you a chance to win. The two bullpen guys I am curious to see are Jason Frasor over an entire year and also how will Luke Hochevar play into this season. I think the bullpen won’t be historically good like last year but it will be very good and the law firm of HDH will get the job done.
Hitting wise, I think this is the year the Royals bats come alive. Hosmer, Moustakas and Morales all improve their power numbers from a year ago. Home run wise I think Hosmer hits anywhere from 20-23 and Moose is anywhere from 18-20. Call me bias or optimistic or a homer but I just think they are ready for a good year.
Escobar had a terrific year last year but I think this year he does even more. I think he ends up being an All-Star and also a Gold Glove winner. I think being the leadoff hitter gets him ready for a game from the get go and it showed at the end of the season. He fits the roll very nicely and I think he improves his numbers from a year ago.
The Royals do two things better then the rest of the AL, which is play defense and run. They can’t afford to make silly mistakes as they have such a small margin for error.
At the All-Star break I think the Royals will get three All-Stars again, Escobar, Gordon and Perez.
The AL Central is going to be very competitive but if Duffy and Ventura have solid years then the Royals will be in the hunt. I think Duffy and Ventura are the most important Royals this season with Salvador Perez just behind them. If those two struggle, the Royals will struggle.
American League Division Champs:
WC2-Royals (You are reading that correct. I have the Royals being the 2nd wildcard and back in the post season.)
ALCS- Angels vs Red Sox with the Angels winning the AL this year.
For the AL Central here is how I think it will go:
I am high on the Indians, they were beat up last year and some guys had some really down years and still were in the hunt till the end. the Tigers are running out of gas with the team they have and the White Sox, whom everyone is high on, I am not fully on board they will get it done.
For the National League:
NLCS Dodgers vs Nationals with the Dodgers winning the NL this year.
2015 World Series is an all LA affair
Dodgers vs Angels…….and the Angels winning the 2015 World Series in seven games.