Kansas City Royals' 2014 First-Half Report Card

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Kansas City Royals: First-Half Report Card 2014

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The Kansas City Royals have had their ups and downs through the first half of the 2014 season. The team has been strong in most aspects of the game with a couple of glaring weaknesses. Let's take a look at some first-half grades for the Royals.

Offense - C-

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Offense - C-

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The Royals are last in the majors with 55 home runs, but thanks to the third most stolen bases (80) and fifth highest batting average (.264), the team has managed to score the 17th most runs in the league (10th in the AL). The abysmal power numbers have drained the Royals' offensive successes in other areas.

Starting Pitching - B+

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Starting Pitching - B+

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The Royals' starting pitching has been terrific through the first half. Only Jeremy Guthrie has an ERA higher than 3.70 with a mark of 4.56, and Danny Duffy leads the way with a 2.66. As a team, the Royals are third in the AL with an ERA of 3.74.

Defense - B

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Defense - B

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Kansas City is 10th in the majors with a team fielding percentage of .985. Alex Gordon is well on his way for a fourth-straight Gold Glove, and Lorenzo Cain is on track to nab his first. 2013 Gold Glove winners Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer are looking pretty good as well.

Relief Pitching - A-

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Relief Pitching - A-

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If everyone in the bullpen were pitching like Wade Davis and Greg Holland, an A+ wouldn't be good enough, but disappointing seasons from Michael Mariot and Louis Coleman have brought it down a little. Kelvin Herrera, Aaron Crow and Francisley Bueno have been very pleasant surprises, rounding out one of the best bullpens in baseball.

Coaching - D+

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Coaching - D+

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Since last season, the Royals have been competitive for the first time in what feels like ages, and it isn't because of coaching. GM Dayton Moore has put together a quality group of players on a weak budget, and Manager Ned Yost is underachieving with them. His many questionable gut decisions have cost the Royals repeatedly. Kansas City needs someone who will use more than instinct to make crucial calls.