Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer as the Royals dropped the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees. Merrifield took J.A. Happ deep in the sixth inning for his seventh home run of the season and temporarily tied the score. The 30-year-old is hitting .325 over his last 40 at-bats, but this was his first home run since May 7. For the season, Merrifield is slashing .296/.354/.524 with eight stolen bases across 206 at-bats.
Merrifield went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Angels. He was the only Royal on the night to have multiple hits, or to have an extra-base hit. Merrifield is now slashing .306/.351/.569 through 17 games in May with two homers, two steals, 11 RBI and 13 runs.
Merrifield went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 11-5 win over the Rangers. The Royals' leadoff hitter has been feast or famine when it comes to crossing the plate lately. Merrifield has scored multiple runs in four of the last 12 games, but posted a goose egg in that category in the other eight. Overall, the 30-year-old is slashing .297/.354/.529 through 42 games with six homers, seven steals, 20 RBI and 33 runs.
Merrifield is expected to see the majority of his starts in the outfield rather than at second base for the foreseeable future with the Royals set to promote middle infielder Nicky Lopez from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Merrifield already carried second-base and outfield eligibility in most fantasy leagues this season, and he now looks poised to maintain that dual eligibility heading into 2020. He's already made 11 starts in the outfield and should reach the eligibility threshold required in most leagues within the next couple weeks, assuming the Royals follow through with their plan to deploy Lopez at second base on an everyday basis. The ability to slot Merrifield at multiple spots in fantasy lineups merely provides a small boost to his value, which has remained as robust as it was heading into the season. Over 41 games, Merrifield is hitting .286 with seven steals, six home runs, 19 RBI and 30 runs.
Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a triple, a home run, three runs scored, five RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's 12-2 rout of the Astros. The big blow was his seventh-inning grand slam off Framber Valdez, at which point Merrifield probably regretted not trying to stretch one of his earlier singles into a double to give him a cycle. The 30-year-old is having another outstanding campaign, slashing .299/.351/.545 through 37 games with six homers, seven steals, 19 RBI and 30 runs.
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