But with a somewhat respectable 75-87 record last year, the team pleasantly surprised baseball odds pundits who predicted a last place finish in the AL Central for this team.
Baseball odds pundits have now gained a slight bit of respect for this perennial loser and despite playing in one of the tougher divisions in baseball betting odds, could see the Royals even improving on last year’s modest achievements. Much of that success was due to development of the pitching staff which took this team on its back in the 2008 baseball odds season. Joakim Soria developed into a star last year with 47 saves out of the bullpen and an All Star invite.
Setting up Soria will be an improved starting rotation led this year by last year’s ace Gille Meche. Baseball odds pundits thought the Royals were crazy signing Meche to a long-term big money deal, but he proved his worth last year in the baseball betting odds competition. His 14-11 record would have been a lot better with a bit more run support against the baseball odds competition –something that he should have in the 2009 baseball odds campaign. Zach Greinke should also be a 15-game winner in the baseball betting odds this year after going 13-10 last season. The pitcher to watch, however, will be young Kyle Davies who was almost unhittable down the stretch last season and should become the legitimate number three starter in the baseball odds this year.
At the plate the Royals were weak during the 2008 baseball betting odds season. But they’ve brought in some power with the acquisition of former Marlin Mike Jacobs and his 32 HRs as well as Jose Guillen. Add to that a very strong leadoff man in Coco Crisp and the revamped Royals lineup better than it’s looked in decades. David DeJesus shores up the lineup in the three-hole and should score a 100 runs this baseball odds season.
The Royals won’t be confused for the Red Sox any time soon, but even the most jaded baseball odds fan has to be impressed with what this team has done over the baseball odds off-season and the talent they’ve developed in their farm system. A playoff berth seems a bit of reach, at least this baseball odds season, but anything is possible in the game of baseball.
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