Bring on the World Series

Unfortunately, the Royals won't be playing in the 2009 World Series. However, it is shaping up to be an exciting match up for baseball fans. I'll be watching (or listening) for sure.

Who are you rooting for? I'll be rooting for the Phillies. Their players are very likeable.

Regardless of who you're rooting for, it strikes me as one of the best Goliath versus Goliath matchups in recent World Series history. There's a lot of star power on both teams, both on the mound and across the diamond.

The first two games could be a real treat.

Game 1 - Cy Young 2007 versus Cy Young 2008
Game 2 - Pedro returns to the Bronx

Does it get much better than that for an opener?

As for the Royals, maybe 2010 holds better things in store. I can dream about an infield of Gordon-Callaspo-Aviles-Butler and pretend that it can somehow compete with the likes of Feliz-Rollins-Utley-Howard.

Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals
Tribute to 1990 Upper Deck
by Goose Joak

So if everything broke well, what could next year's lineup look like?

1B - Butler
2B - Callaspo
3B - Gordon
SS - Aviles
C - Pena
DH - Ka'aihue
OF - DeJesus?
OF - Crisp?
OF - Teahen?

I don't think the infield is THAT bad, but the outfield will need some work. For better or worse I think Callaspo and Aviles are at least exciting players capable of a 110 OPS+. Butler is a legitimate player, and I think Kila could put up an OBP heavy OPS + of 100 or so if given a chance.

The thing about the Royals is that not only do they lack talent, but they often bench what little talent they have. Brayan Pena could be a great full time player, as could Kila, but we won't know unless management plays them.


  1. Really? The Phillies players are likable? Maybe if you're not a Mets fan.

    Hopefully both our teams will improve next season.

  2. You forgot about Jose Guillen. His fat contract is still on the books for next year, so he will be in the lineup (until he gets hurt of course). Plus, don't forget about Betancourt. He's going to be the every day shortstop just because they traded for him. Once Aviles comes back, I think he will be fighting for the second base spot. Maybe we could move Callaspo to DH then.
    If I remember right about Crisp, there is an option for him next season. It will be interesting to see what the Royals do with him. I would rather have Maier out in center than Coco. He seems like a good defender and he has a much better arm than Coco.
    As for Pena, the only way I see him making the team is if John Buck is non-tendered or traded. The problem with that is that we would have the two worst defensive catchers in the league with Pena and Olivo.

    Anyway, that is what I think the Royals will do next year. They supposedly don't have any money to spend, so it might be an ugly off-season.

  3. You're probably right. The sad thing is, Yune and Guillen were the two worst position players in all of baseball last year.

    Yune -2.2 WAR
    Jose -2.0 WAR

    I agree with you that the Royals will probably want to run them out there.

  4. So far, I think that the Betancourt trade was the dumbest trade GMDM has made. He had to have been in panick mode at the time about our lack of production at shortstop. It was a crappy team and I would have rather seen Luis Hernandez ran out there everyday than picking up Yuni's contract.


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