MLB  > General MLB  > Will the Royals win the AL Central?
February 16, 2009, 01:56 PM
The Royals are rumored to be taking a serious look at both Hudson and former Nationals Closer Chad Cordero. The Royals's owner is also President of Walmart, which is doing quite well in the recession. He still has some $$$ to spend. Take a look at this line up and pitching rotation and tell me if you think the Royals have a chance to win the AL Central.

V. RHP
1. Coco Crisp CF (.283 AVG, 7 HR, 20 SB, 29 years old) SW
2. Orland Huson 2B (.305 AVG, 8 HR, 4 SB, 31 years old) SW
3. Alex Gordon 3B (.260 AVG, 16 HR, 9 SB, 25 years old) LH
4. Mike Jacobs 1B (.247 AVG, 32 HR, 93 RBIs, 28 years old) LH
5. Jose Guillen RF (.264 AVG, 20 HR, 97 RBIs, 32 years old) RH
6. David Dejesus LF (.307 AVG, 12 HR, 11 SB, 29 years old) LH
7. Billy Butler DH (.275 AVG, 11 HR, 55 RBI, 23 years old) RH
8. Miguel Olivo C (.255 AVG, 12 HR, 7 SB, 30 years old) RH
9. Mike Aviles SS (.325 AVG, 10 HR, 8 SB, 28 years old) RH

BENCH:
Mark Teahen OF, 3B, 1B (.255 AVG, 15 HR, 4 SB, 27 years old) LH
Willie Bloomquist UT (.279 AVG, 0 HR, 14 SB, 32 years old) RH
Alberto Caispo 2B, SS (.305 AVG, 0 HR, 2 SB, 26 years old) RH
Mitch Maier CF (.286 AVG, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 26 years old) LH
John Buck C (.224 AVG, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 28 years old) RH

Pitching:
Starters:
1. Zac Grienke 3.47 ERA, 13-10 (25 yrs old) RH
2. Gil Meche 3.98 ERA 14-11 (30 yrs old) RH
3. Kyle Davies 4.06 ERA, 9-7 (25 yrs old) RH
4. Luke Hochevar 5.51 ERA, 6-12 (25 yrs old) RH
5. Horacio Ramirez 4.34 ERA, 1-4 (29 yrs old) LH

Bullpen:
Closer: Joakim Soria 1.60 ERA, 42 S (24 yrs old) RH
Set Up: Chad Cordero 2.78 Career ERA, 128 Career Saves (27 yrs old) - still hoping to sign him RH

Long Relief: Brian Bannister - 5.76 ERA, 9-16 (28 yrs old) RH
Lefty Specialist: Ron Mayhay 3.48 ERA, 5-0 (37 yrs old) LH

Middle Relief:
Kyle Farnsworth - 4.48 ERA, 2-3, 1 S (33 yrs old) RH
Doug Waechter - 3.69 ERA (28 yrs old) RH
Carlos Rosa - 2.70 ERA (23 yrs old) RH
John Bale - 4.39 ERA (35 yrs old) LH

Please, also consider the fact that Minnesota & Chicago didn't do anything to help their team this offseason. You tell me... Do the Royals have what it takes?

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