Salvador Perez went 1-for-6 with an RBI during the Royals' 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Perez had a brutal game at the plate. But all's well that ends well, no? He drove in the final run of the game on a Jason Hammel slider that was well off the plate (he had to make contract with one eventually!). Perez appeared in 150 games behind the plate this season which appears to have taken a toll on the young catcher at the plate. Analyst: Spencer Silva View Profile
Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with two walks, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored during the Royals 9-8 win over the A's on Tuesday night.
Hosmer was a pest all night, fouling off pitches left and right, and even diving headlong into first base on what appeared to be an easy grounder to shortstop Jed Lowrie. It was his triple in the 12th inning that ultimately sealed Oakland's fate, another an elimination-game loss. He's rebounded quite nicely since returning from the disabled list and could finally come at the discount fantasy owners have been waiting years for now. Analyst: Spencer Silva View Profile
James Shields allowed four runs on five hits, striking out six and walking two over five innings during the Royals' 9-8 win over the Athletics on Tuesday night.
Like Jon Lester, Shields' performance was obfuscated by a poor relief appearance. Yordano Ventura allowed both of Shields' inherited runners to score in grand fashion, giving up a long home run to Athletics' DH Brandon Moss. He's likely to get the ball on Sunday when the ALDS series makes its way from Anaheim to Kansas City. Analyst: Spencer Silva View Profile
Danny Duffy, Jeremy Guthrie and Yordano Ventura will be available out of the bullpen Tuesday.
James Shields will get the start and it sounds like the Royals are going to go with Jason Vargas for Game 1 of the ALDS should they beat the A's. The bullpen has been one of the Royals' biggest strengths this season though the middle relief hasn't been as strong as the late-inning guys. The three starters on stand-by should bolster an already formidable crew. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
Christian Colon went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in the Royals win over the White Sox on Sunday.
In limited action this year, Colon really excelled for the Royals. It will be interesting to see in the playoffs whether they play Colon or Mike Moustakas at third base. If Colon can acquire the starting third base spot, his fantasy value will take a leap. Monitor this over the off-season and before your 2015 draft(s). Analyst: Colby Conway View Profile
Luis Coleman gave up a hit than struck out the side to earn his first save of the season for the Royals on Sunday.
While he ended the season with his first save, he also ended the year with a 5.56 ERA. He isn't one of the main Kansas City relievers, and that will remain constant going into the playoffs and 2015. Leave him off your draft boards for 2015. Analyst: Colby Conway View Profile
Yordano Ventura allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts over four innings in a no decision against the White Sox on Sunday.
This isn't the way Ventura wanted to end his extremely successful 2014. He was one of the top young pitchers to watch in fantasy this season, and he delivered for his owners. He notched 14 wins, a 3.20 ERA, and 159 strikeouts for the season. That's a rather low total for a pitcher hitting triple digits, but that number will increase in 2015. Target Ventura in the middle rounds of 2015 drafts, and expect him to build upon his 2014 success. Analyst: Colby Conway View Profile