Lopez went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and four RBI in a 9-2 victory versus Baltimore on Friday. Lopez twice came up with two runners on base, and he delivered in each instance. The infielder knocked a two-run single in the second inning and a two-run double in the seventh. The four RBI were a season-high mark for Lopez, who entered the contest with only 15 runs batted in across 81 games.
Lopez has hit .342 with two stolen bases and five runs scored in his last 12 games. Lopez has found some success as a contact hitter recently. He's filled in as the near-everyday shortstop since Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) went on the injured list for the third time this season. Overall, Lopez is slashing .266/.353/.329 with no home runs, eight stolen bases, 12 RBI and 33 runs scored through 243 plate appearances.
Lopez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. Hanser Alberto will step in at shortstop for Lopez, who has taken the reins of the position since Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) was moved to the injured list last week for the third time this season. While starting in each of the Royals' last 11 games, Lopez has gone 14-for-36 (.389 average) with six runs and a stolen base.
Lopez will start at shortstop and bat ninth Tuesday against the Yankees. With Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) heading back to the injured list Monday for the third time this season, Lopez once again appears poised to recapture an everyday role in the middle infield. Aside from going an impressive 7-for-7 on stolen-base attempts while batting .260 and getting on base at a strong .350 clip, Lopez provides little excitement from a fantasy standpoint. He possesses minimal power (three home runs in 799 career MLB plate appearances), and his placement in the bottom third of the Kansas City lineup will limit his run-scoring and run-producing opportunities.
Lopez went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 7-3 win over Boston. The infielder has found a groove, going 10-for-17 (.588) across his last five games. Lopez is now slashing .260/.350/.329 with seven stolen bases, 12 RBI and 29 runs scored through 205 plate appearances this year. Adalberto Mondesi left Sunday's game with a side injury -- if he's forced to miss time, Lopez would likely pick up playing time at shortstop.
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