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#03 - Kansas City
Monarchs
Offense: KC will walk and single teams to death. WsL Rank: 7th

Starting Pitching: KC sports three nasty SP with decent depth at the back end. WsL Rank: 5th

Relief Pitching: The Monarchs build from the bullpen-out and it shows.WsL Rank: 1st

2010 Synopsis
Kansas City burst on the scene in 2009 with their first division win in quite some time. In 2010, the Monarchs blew the door off the hinges with a 107-win season. KC pitched well, hit well and closed out games all the way to the WS for the second straight year. Unfortunately, also for the second straight year, Kansas City lost out on a ring; this time being slain by Pittsburgh.

107-55, 1st in NL Central

Reality Check
Final Record: 107-55, 1st in NL Central
Team AVG: .275, 4th in the WsL
Team OBP: .357, 3rd in the WsL
Team SLG: .432, 7th in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.26, 1st in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .245, 7th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 125, 3rd in the WsL

Primary Lineup
C - Victor Martinez
1B - Lance Berkman
2B - Dan Uggla
SS - JJ Hardy
3B - Jack Hannahan
LF - Brett Gardner
CF - Chris Young
RF - Michael Cuddyer
DH - N/A

Starting Rotation
#1 - Chris Carpenter
#2 - Ted Lilly
#3 - Hideki Kuroda
#4 - AJ Burnett
#5 - Jason Marquis
Top Prospects
3B - Alex Liddi
SP - Alex Cobb




Bullpen
RP - Francisco Rodriguez
RP - Jonny Venters
RP - Koji Uehara
RP - Marc Rzepczynski
RP - Frank Francisco

Best Offseason Move
Kansas City has made a habit of dealing their #1 pick for potential MVPs. This off-season was no different, as the Monarchs swapped their #1 pick for Lance Berkman. It's worth pointing out KC paid less for Berkman than Baltimore did for Jonathan Papelbon, of course. Did anyone realize Kansas City essentially has nobody in their lineup or rotation they've actually drafted? Very interesting.

Worst Offseason Move
Kansas City ownership narrowly avoided being arrested after stealing Marc Rzepczynski and Jason Bourgeois for what amounts to about $2M in savings for Florida. WSL hates scandals, but pictures of Florida ownership having relations with a goat cannot be far behind. At least they got to use the savings on 6 years of Juan Pierre's corpse though.

PG's '11 Prediction
The Monarchs will have stiffer competition in the Central, at least initially. However, nobody does it better than ol' D-rock. Plus him trading his picks for veterans and stocking up his bullpen makes all you chuckleheads think you can do it too. That's always fun. 98-64 record.



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