Among other things, Kansas City will need about 190 such at bats from DeJesus to avoid being the division's punching bag again. --P.K.
Jimmy Gobble and Darrell May tied for the team lead in wins last year with nine. It was the first time in the franchise's history that no pitcher won 10 or more games.
An opposing team's scout sizes up the Royals
THIS TEAM might end up with the fewest wins in the majors this year.... There aren't any impact players in the lineup beyond Mike Sweeney, whose back is fine. If things get real ugly with this club, there are going to be plenty of trade rumors surrounding him, which could be a distraction.... Angel Berroa was awful last year, mainly because he was pressing too much. Offensively it's still unknown what he can give you, but defensively Berroa's hands and feet are among the best in the league.... There's a lot of hype surrounding Mark Teahen, but I'm not sold. He's got a long, slow pull for a swing. He might hit a lot of doubles, but he's not going to hit for much power.... Zack Greinke had a very slow start this spring. I like his stuff, but his command hasn't been great, and he's so thin that his endurance will be an issue. There's no question he's got the stuff to be one of the league's best starters in a few years.... One thing they have is a pretty good closer in Jeremy Affeldt. He was effective last year, and the blisters that bothered him in 2003 haven't been a problem since.
projected roster with 2004 statistics
5th in AL Central
fourth season with Kansas City