Friday, July 13, 2012

Ready for the Second "Half"

A few games past the midpoint, but close enough to consider this the beginning of baseball's second half, let's bullet-point out a few things I'm looking forward to the next couple of months.

  • Lorenzo Cain tracking down everything in center
    • Almost any kind of production at the plate will be better than what the Royals have gotten this season. Let's just remember, Cain got hurt making a spectacular grab at the wall.
  • Eric Hosmer regressing to the mean
    • A profit once writ: his BABIP will rise!
  • Salvador Perez putting his finger through Jonathan Sanchez's chest during a mound visit
    • Salvy seems to, how do you say it? give a shit on the field. I think he might just be the guy to put a fire into Sanchez. I'm not saying the ball will start finding the strike zone, but maybe the velocity will go up a tick.
  • Mike Moustakas hitting another grand slam
    • Or, just more home runs in general.
  • Billy Butler hitting everything
    • Just do what you do, Country Breakfast. The fans showed their love for you over this All Star Break, and we all mean it.
  • Alex Gordon dominating
    • And leading off the rest of the season. 
  • Bruce Chen baffling 
    • Hitters or the fans, I don't know. But one of those two groups, for sure.
  • Chris Getz grimacing 
    • It's what gritty players do.
  • Brayan Pena smiling
    • Being employed is nice.
  • Alcides Escobar doing a back flip
    • He isn't a show off. I just imagine this happening because of some combination of a slow roller, a base runner and an umpire trying to get in his way while making a play.
  • The entire bullpen whiffing everybody
    • I really believe it is possible for this group to K the entire line up once through in the 7th, 8th and 9th inning of a game.
  • Jeff Francoeur nailing the tying run at the plate for a playoff contender
    • Probably won't be the Royals, but Frenchy seems to do well in new environments. 
  • Wil Meyers first major league home run
    • I call fountains.
  • Jake Odorizzi's first major league win
    • The sooner the better.

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