While expectations were not irrationally high for the Royals in 2012, many expected more than just a 72-win season from a team with so much upside and potential. Injuries ran rampant through the team early on as three pitchers headed for Tommy John surgery, including closer Joakim Soria, and two key position players, Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez were lost for the first half of the season. If you couple that with some underperforming hitters, the team was actually lucky to finish third in the AL Central. The 2013 season expects to be a whole lot better. With a revamped rotation, full health and an extra year of learning and experience under the belts of this young team, the Royals are expected to be strong competitors to win their division and make the playoffs for the first time since 1985.
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