Ball Star

Baseball Prospectus writer picks Royals to win the Central

Updated: 2013-03-31T05:21:10Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

If Ryan Lind is right, it’s going to be a fantastic year for the Royals.

Lind is with Baseball Prospectus, which made its 2013 baseball picks. Lind was the only person to pick the Royals to win the AL Central. He also predicted Alex Gordon would win the AL MVP award.

You’d take that, right?

Bret Sayre had the Royals as one of the AL wild-card teams and Gordon as finishing behind Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera for AL MVP.

Former Star writer Bradford Doolittle also had the Royals as a wild-card team and Gordon taking the AL MVP award.

The average of the 42 Baseball Prospectus writers’ votes had the Royals finishing third behind the the Tigers and the Indians.

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**None of Sports Illustrated’s baseball experts picked the Royals to win the AL Central, but two had Kansas City as their surprise team. Tom Verducci and Joe Lemire had good things to say about the Royals.

Verducci wrote: “They should not only post a winning record but also push Detroit the way Chicago did last year.”

Lemire sees an 85-win season, but believes the Royals will fall just short of a wild-card spot.

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**Three of the baseball writers at CBS Sports had the Royals in the playoffs: Jon Heyman, Danny Knobler and Scott Miller all picked the Royals as a wild card. Mike Axisa predicts that Ned Yost will win AL Manager of the Year award.

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**Three of the Yahoo experts picked the Royals to finish with at least a .500 record. Former Star baseball writer Jeff Passan had the most optimistic view, predicting the Royals would finish at 85-77, but out of the playoffs.

Passan called Salvador Perez a longshot MVP pick, while Mike Oz had James Shields as his longshot to win the Cy Young award.

On the negative side, Tim Brown and Mike Brown both had Yost as the first manager fired.

There were some other good things about Perez and Eric Hosmer. Read more here.

**Yahoo! Sports sent a news release tracking the daily search habits of its audience to find out exactly what interests them about the upcoming season.

The seventh-most increase in volume of searches at Yahoo? The Royals.

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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