The Royals have played a total of 62 games this season in which they have lost 35 games. As everyone knows, it took the club its first 11 home games to get the first home win. In the middle of interleague play, the Royals are looking like they may just turn the corner and get back to .500. With Salvador Perez in the midst of his rehab assignment, a major piece to the puzzle will be inserted when he fully recovers. While Quintero and Pena have done a good job filling in for Perez, the void has been detrimental. Perez does more then just hit and field. He calls a great game and adds consistency.
- The Royals have had one home game in which over 40,000 fans were in attendance.
- Lead the Majors in worst home record standing at 11-20
- Are 16-15 away from Kauffman Stadium
- Have yet to score 10+ runs in a game.
- Have scored 9 runs only twice
With the stats from the players coming up, I wanted to feature the two break out players. Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas have become offensive threats this year. Last year, both players struggled immensely. Escobar, usually known for his glove, is hitting .288 which is 34 points higher then last year. Moose is hitting the same average wise but his power numbers are higher with 9 bombs so far this year. The most impressive improvement that Moose has made is with the glove. Moustakas has always been questioned as a third basemen because of his defense. He has put all worries aside this year.
- Billy Butler leads the team with a .299 batting average.
- Butler leads the team with 11 home runs. In second is Mike Moustakas (9)
- Alex Gordon has 19 doubles which is the most among Royals.
- Alcides Escobar leads the club with 11 stolen bases.
- Billy Butler leads the team with 37 RBI’s.
- Gordon lead the team in strikeouts (52) and walks (33).
- Bruce Chen leads the team in wins (5) and innings (75).
- Luke Hochevar leads the team with K’s (54), hits allowed (82), loses (7), and the highest ERA (6.27).
- Jose Mijares has pitched in a team high 31 games.
- Jonathan Broxton leads the team in ERA (1.52) and saves (15).
With 100 games left in the season, there will be major changes. The Royals goal before the All-Star break should be to reach and stay at .500. While many fans have called for OF Wil Myers to be called up, I am against this decision. Myers is ready now but the Royals are not. Why burn his time in the majors now when the team is not competing. If the Royals do make it back to .500 my opinion will be reevaluated. This is the part of the Royals’ schedule where they can make a serious push to the top of the division.