Originally Posted by johnnyg83
Point made on Beckham. Giovatelli has been a disappointment.
As far as offense , they had the third most hits in the AL and close to the Sox in XBHs.
Francouer and Hosmer went from 20 Hrs/87 RBIs and 19 hrs/78 rbis in 2011 to 16/49 and 14/60 respectively. That's 50+ runs right there. They also hit into a lot of DPs.
And let's not forget defense: Cain, Gordon, Escobar, Hosmer, Perez could all win gold gloves by the time they're done. Who on the Sox can we say that about? Beckham?
You are really overrating these people. The Royals had the second most errors in the league last year (113), just one back of Tampa Bay (114). They were last in the league in defensive efficiency and last in the league in fielding percentage.
They lost 90 games for a reason. They really were not good in any area, and while I like the addition of Shields, I think their ceiling is mediocrity for 2013. Not that it's a bad thing. Mediocrity would be a big step forward for the Royals.
The Sox were second in fielding percentage, fifth in defensive efficiency and committed the fewest errors in the league. By both statistics and the eye test, they were a far superior defensive club than the Royals.