Kansas City Royals

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Royals.20646183.29
AL Central Division5th5th3rd2nd
American League 15th15th9th3rd
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A. Gordon
J. Bonifacio
B. Moss
W. Merrifield
L. Cain
J. Bonifacio
J. Bonifacio
W. Merrifield
B. Moss
A. Gordon
M. Moustakas
C. Cuthbert
W. Merrifield
C. Colon
A. Escobar
C. Colon
Rotation
1. D. Duffy
2. I. Kennedy
3. J. Hammel
4. J. Vargas
5. N. Karns
W. Merrifield
C. Colon
C. Cuthbert
E. Hosmer
C. Cuthbert
B. Moss
DH
B. Moss
C. Cuthbert
E. Hosmer
M. Moustakas
J. Bonifacio
DL
J. Soler
B. Flynn
S. Perez
D. Butera
  Bullpen
K. Herrera (CL)
J. Soria
M. Minor
P. Moylan
T. Wood
M. Strahm
S. Alexander
C. Young
Last Updated: 04/24/2017
 
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Last Five Games
10/2 vs. CLE
J. DysonCF
W. Merrifield2B
K. Morales1B
S. PerezDH
P. OrlandoRF
A. GordonLF
A. EscobarSS
C. Cuthbert3B
D. ButeraC
 
10/1 vs. CLE
J. DysonCF
W. Merrifield2B
K. MoralesDH
P. OrlandoRF
A. GordonLF
A. EscobarSS
D. Nava1B
C. Cuthbert3B
D. ButeraC
 
9/30 vs. CLE
B. BurnsLF
W. Merrifield3B
E. Hosmer1B
K. MoralesDH
P. OrlandoCF
A. EscobarSS
H. DozierRF
D. ButeraC
R. Mondesi2B
 
9/29 vs. MIN
J. DysonCF
W. Merrifield2B
E. Hosmer1B
K. MoralesDH
P. OrlandoRF
A. GordonLF
A. EscobarSS
C. Cuthbert3B
D. ButeraC
 
9/28 vs. MIN
J. DysonCF
W. Merrifield2B
E. Hosmer1B
K. MoralesDH
S. PerezC
A. GordonLF
P. OrlandoRF
A. EscobarSS
C. Cuthbert3B

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
P. OrlandoCF.302543
C. Cuthbert3B.2741246
L. CainRF.287956
E. Hosmer1B.26625104
K. MoralesDH.2633093
S. PerezC.2472264
A. GordonLF.2201740
A. EscobarSS.261755
R. Mondesi2B.185213
 
Notes
  • 104 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 8 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
6 Game(s)
A. EscobarSS
M. Moustakas3B
L. CainCF
E. Hosmer1B
K. MoralesDH
A. GordonLF
S. PerezC
O. Infante2B
J. DysonRF
6 Game(s)
A. EscobarSS
C. Cuthbert3B
L. CainRF
E. Hosmer1B
K. MoralesDH
S. PerezC
A. GordonLF
P. OrlandoCF
R. Mondesi2B
4 Game(s)
A. EscobarSS
L. CainCF
E. Hosmer1B
K. MoralesDH
A. GordonLF
S. PerezC
C. Cuthbert3B
C. Colon2B
J. DysonRF
3 Game(s)
J. DysonCF
W. Merrifield2B
E. Hosmer1B
K. MoralesDH
S. PerezC
A. GordonLF
P. OrlandoRF
A. EscobarSS
C. Cuthbert3B
3 Game(s)
W. Merrifield2B
A. EscobarSS
E. Hosmer1B
L. CainCF
S. PerezC
K. MoralesDH
P. OrlandoRF
B. EibnerLF
C. Cuthbert3B

 
 
 

Lorenzo Cain, #6
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
103.2875695614
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 17
News
Cain is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Cain, who has been the only consistently productive hitter in the Royals lineup this season, will settle back into the heart of the order following a one-game absence for rest. With Cain back in action, Jorge Bonifacio, who smacked a solo homer Sunday, will shift over from center to right field and move down to the ninth spot in the order.

Cheslor Cuthbert, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
128.2744912462
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 1, 3B - 6, DH - 2
Mike Moustakas, #8
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
27.240127130
 
Position Breakdown
3B - 13, DH - 2
News
Moustakas is not in the lineup Friday against the Rangers, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

The 29-year-old is producing one of the best seasons of his career at the plate, but he'll head to the bench for a night off with southpaw Cole Hamels taking the ball for Texas. Cheslor Cuthbert will man the hot corner in his stead.

Alex Gordon, #4
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
128.2206217408
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 18
News
Gordon will start in left field and bat sixth in the order Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

With zero homers and a .253 on-base percentage over 75 plate appearances this season, Gordon hasn't been getting it done as the Royals' leadoff hitter, so manager Ned Yost will move the veteran down in the order and give veteran Whit Merrifield a spin atop the lineup. It's not out of the question for Gordon to eventually regain leadoff duties, but he'll likely first have to turn in a solid stretch of at-bats lower in the lineup before that happens. Given that Gordon's production had already been on the decline last season prior to his plodding start to 2017, it may not be wise to bet on a major bounce back from the 34-year-old.

Whit Merrifield, #15
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
81.283442298
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 3, OF - 2
News
Merrifield will start at second base and occupy the leadoff spot for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

With Alex Gordon struggling to provide much of an impact at the top of the order, manager Ned Yost will give Merrifield a look in the leadoff spot, though it's unclear if the experiment will last more than one game. Even if Merrifield is moved down in the order in subsequent contests, he at least seems to have a steady hold on the everyday gig at second base with Raul Mondesi having been banished to Triple-A Omaha. Through five games since he was promoted to the big leagues, Merrifield has gone 5-for-15 with a homer, stolen base and two RBI.

Brian Flynn, #33
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1255.12.60044
 
Injuries
Back - Expected to be out until at least Jun 5 (Updated - 2/15/17)
News
Flynn (ribs) -- who appeared in 36 games for the Royals last season -- may be stashed in the minors, as the club takes advantage of his one remaining option, once activated from the DL, Patrick Brennan of Fansided reports.

Flynn provided 55.1 serviceable innings for the Royals in 2016, posting a top-20 ERA among relievers with at least 50 innings. The left-hander did benefit from the fourth-lowest BABIP (.228) among that same group, although it's tough to slam the 27-year-old's 2.60 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over such a solid sample size. Flynn has yet to begin a throwing program, so regardless of where he's assigned, the reliever is from returning to a MLB mound.

Brandon Moss, #37
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
128.2256628671
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 2, DH - 11
Scott Alexander, #54
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0019.03.32016
 
Mike Minor, #66
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
000.00.0000
 
Ian Kennedy, #31
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1111195.23.6866184
 
News
Kennedy (0-2) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three Rangers in Saturday's no-decision.

Kennedy's second straight quality start pushed his ERA and WHIP down to 2.08 and 1.04, respectively, over 26 innings. Unfortunately for the right-hander, the Royals have scored a total of three runs over Kennedy's four starts, leaving him with nothing but an 0-2 record and two no-decisions to show for a fine start to the campaign. Minnesota is on tap for Kennedy's next showing Friday at home.

Joakim Soria, #48
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
5866.24.05168
 
Drew Butera, #9
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
2.285184160
 
Position Breakdown
C - 7
News
Butera is starting at catcher and hitting ninth Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

Salvador Perez was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to neck stiffness, so Butera was a late addition. Until Perez is ready to return, look for Butera to see an increase in playing time. Butera has played in five games this season, during which he's gone 1-for-10.

Salvador Perez, #13
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
139.2475722640
 
Position Breakdown
C - 13, DH - 3
News
Perez (neck) will catch and bat fifth in the order Monday against the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Royals held Perez out of the last two games while he battled a stiff neck, but the team never felt he was at risk of landing on the disabled list. The couple days off were all Perez needed to get over the issue, so he should be in line for a full slate of starts behind the plate this week.

Peter Moylan, #47
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2044.23.43034
 
Kelvin Herrera, #40
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2672.02.751286
 
Travis Wood, #37
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
4061.02.95047
 
News
Wood (0-1) was tagged with the loss Thursday after surrendering a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning Thursday against the Rangers.

Coming off a career-best campaign in 2016 with the Cubs, his first season as a full-time reliever, Wood has struggled mightily in the early goings of 2017. Through seven appearances and 4.2 innings, the right-hander has forfeited seven earned runs on six hits and six walks (13.50 ERA and 2.57 WHIP).

Jason Hammel, #39
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1510166.23.8353144
 
News
Hammel (0-2) lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five Rangers in Sunday's loss.

The right-hander delivered a terrible start at an inopportune time. With the Royals' bullpen already taxed from a 13-inning affair earlier in the series, Hammel dished the shortest outing for any Royals starter so far this season. Through four starts with his new team, the 34-year-old owns an unsightly 5.30 ERA and 1.77 WHIP with a career-worst 4.82 BB/9. Hammel will look to right the ship when he takes the hill for his next start Saturday versus Minnesota.

Eric Hosmer, #35
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
158.26680251045
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 18
Danny Duffy, #41
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
123179.23.5142188
 
News
Duffy (2-0) tossed 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five, but did not factor in the decision Thursday against the Rangers.

Unfortunately for Duffy and his owners, the left-hander was matched pitch-for-pitch in the 13-inning marathon that went scoreless until the Rangers walked off with a 1-0 victory. The ace has racked up 11 strikeouts while holding opponents scoreless over his last 14 frames. Duffy has started the 2017 campaign with four straight quality starts, and owns a sparkling 1.32 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through 27.1 innings. He'll make his next start Tuesday night at home against the White Sox.

Alcides Escobar, #2
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
162.2615775517
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 18
Matt Strahm, #64
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2222.01.23030
 
News
Strahm was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

The Royals' bullpen was taxed heavily in their 13-inning loss to Texas on Thursday, and with the left-handed pitching prospect being eligible to return from the minors Friday, he'll head back to Kansas City. Strahm will look to carry his four scoreless outings with the Storm Chasers into this next stint with the Royals. To make room for him on the roster, Raul Mondesi was sent back to Triple-A.

Nathan Karns, #13
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
6294.15.1545101
 
News
Karns (0-1) gave up six runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six over 4.2 innings in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Rangers.

Four of those five hits left the yard, as Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos each took Karns deep twice. It was a typically inefficient outing for the right-hander, who threw 59 of 100 pitches for strikes, and his 6.35 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through 17 innings so far are well earned given his 14:9 K:BB and 2.7 HR/9. Karns will try to turn things around Wednesday on the road against the White Sox.

Jorge Soler, #68
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
86.2383712310
 
Injuries
Oblique - Expected to be out until at least Apr 26 (Updated - 4/24/17)
News
Soler (oblique) will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

It seems that the former Cub prospect is on the verge of returning to the big leagues, although he'll need to prove his worth quickly once he makes his season debut. Jorge Bonifacio was just called up from the minors after a strong start to the season, so the 25-year-old Soler will need to show improvement after batting just .238 as a semi-regular member of Chicago's outfield last season.

Jorge Bonifacio, #--
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
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Position Breakdown
OF - 2
News
Bonafacio went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, the first of his MLB career, in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

After going 0-for-3 in his MLB debut on Friday night, Bonifacio collected a couple of milestones on Sunday. He singled in the first inning for his first career hit, then followed it up with his first big-league dinger in the third. The 23-year-old hit .314 with three homers and 12 RBI in 51 at-bats for Triple-A Omaha early this season. Through 18 games, the Royals sit in MLB's cellar for runs scored (46) and team batting average (.206). That said, manager Ned Yost will take offense from anyone who can provide it, and Bonafacio's performance on Sunday could earn him a few more chances than what was expected upon his call up.

Chris Young, #32
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3988.26.19194
 
Jason Vargas, #51
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
0012.02.25311
 
Christian Colon, #24
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
54.231131130
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 3