Kansas City Royals Bullpen to Lead AL

Doug Upstone

Friday, March 7, 2014 7:17 PM GMT

Join us in taking an early look at the Kansas City Royals and what their prospective future win totals may be. What betting edge do the Royals offer in 2014? Take a look at our MLB picks for the Royals futures.

Kansas City – Projected Win Total Ov82 wins – 2nd in the AL Central

The Royals finally broke through, winning 86-games last year which was their best record in 24 years. The young talent finally came together after years of promise and there are reasons to believe they might not suffer the regression some sportsbooks are suggesting.

First, Kansas City’s bullpen was one of the best in baseball last year with Greg Holland’s mid-90’s fastball and hard slider, which changes the batter’s eye-level with late movement. Aaron Crow’s herky-jerky delivery is a distraction along with consistent low to mid 90’s heat and a tilted slider. Luke Hochevar was always a below average starter, but has found a home in the bullpen.

The Royals top three starters remind me of San Diego’s, not overpowering, but they have the ability to give their team a chance to win and use up innings. James Shields is at the top of the rotation, followed by Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas and this contingent could well throw 600+ innings and be quite effective.

Compare the top MLB Future Betting Odds available!

If K.C. is to beat the MLB betting odds, the offense has to improve. Alex Gordon began to struggle last season with a steady diet of breaking pitches and Billy Butler’s power numbers were down with 52.1 percent of his at bats were ground balls. If those two rebound and 3B Mike Moustakas improves at the dish, this team has a chance, particularly with a true leadoff hitter like Norichika Aoki, coming over from Milwaukee.

Game Notes – James Shields once again proved why he is a professional pitcher, changing speeds and moving the baseball up and down the strike zone on hitters…. Moustakas hit his third home run already this spring and manager Ned Yost is very pleased. “It's spring training, all right, but it's got to start somewhere and the work that he's (Moustakas) done all winter long, it's paying off and it's showing." said Yost.

MLB Season Prospects – I believe Kansas City players liked the taste of success and will thirst for more and their still somewhat young players will continue to improve and having Minnesota and the White Sox in the division will help their record and Detroit might not be quite as strong. Play this team Over for your MLB pick.