At this point in the season, Gordon is projected to have just 11 home runs, and 24 RBI at seasons end, which would be career lows in each category, excluding injury shortened campaigns. Gordon is slashing .212/.318/.349, and is down dramatically from his career average of .267. Going into Sunday’s game versus the Astros’ Doug Fister, Gordon is hitting just .250 in his career versus the righty. A case can be made that he is not rosterable in any format.
For the month of June, Morales has stepped up his play by hitting .302 for the month, which is considerably more than his .227 season average. It has been a down season for Morales as far as average, but with eight home runs, and 33 RBI, he has been about where owners should have expected him. Coming into Saturday, Morales was 12 for his last 34, 11 RBI over that span. In 19 career at bats against Sunday’s starter Doug Fister, Morales has five hits and one home run.
The rookie has filled in admirably for the injured Mike Moustakas since his call-up on May 7th. Coming into Saturday’s game, Cuthbert had homered in two straight and had a hit in four straight. He extended his hit streak to five straight with Saturday’s performance. On the year, he is slashing .285/.321/.437 on the season, with six home runs and 16 RBI. Sunday he will face Astros starter Doug Fister who is stingy against righties so far in 2016, allowing them only a .183 average.
Young entered Saturday’s game with the Astros on the heels of two straight respectable starts, allowing two runs, and one run respectively, while allowing only three hits his last time out. Saturday, however was a different story, as Young had his worst and shortest outing of the season, allowing seven runs in 2.1 innings. On the season, the big righty has a hefty 5.61 ERA, and 1.42 WHIP, while only winning two of 12 starts. His next start will be June 30th on the road against the Cardinals. In road starts this season, Young is 0-5, and his already high ERA balloons to 9.00 away from Kauffman Stadium. Matt Holiday, Yadier Molina, and Brandon Moss all own solid career BVP’s against Young, with Moss having four home runs in 19 at-bats against the veteran.
Valbuena was a question mark to play Saturday, after leaving the lineup Friday with a tight back, and the veteran did not disappoint, collecting three hits. He is slashing .257/.357/.442 on the year, with eight home runs and 25 RBI. He has picked it up in the month of June, hitting at a .295 clip for the month. The Royals face Ian Kennedy Sunday, and Valbuena is a measly 2 for 16 against the veteran righty.
Gonzalez’s days as every day starter at first base are numbered since the club called up young slugger A.J. Reed, but the veteran made a strong case today with two hits, and a homer. Gonzalez has received most of the starts at first, and may be forced into a utility role if Reed is able to find his way at the big league level. On the year, Gonzalez is slashing .262/.315/.417 on the season with six homers and 20 RBI. Gonzalez is hitless in two career at bats against Sunday’s starter Ian Kennedy.
Leading up to Saturday’s game, the young phenom had at least one hit in eight of his last ten games, with three home runs in that span. On Saturday he joined in the hit parade and added another home run. For the season, Correa is putting up a .263/.360/.463 line with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and eight stolen bases. Against Sunday’s starter for the Royals, Ian Kennedy, Correa is hitless in three AB’s, however, he has hit almost 100 points higher against right handers so far in 2016.
As the Royals tread water until they can add to the rotational depth, Kris Medlen is nearing a return in rehab. He pitched two innings in his first start, three in his next and on Saturday reached 4.2 innings with only two hits allowed. Medlen has given up 11 hits in 14.1 innings so far in his rehab and probably needs one more start to build enough stamina to rejoin the Royals. This will also allow Chris Young to transition back to the bullpen where he has been more effective.
After pitching like an ace for much of the season so far, Tillman has now put up back-to-back lackluster efforts against the Blue Jays and Rays respectively. Between those two starts, the 28-year-old righty has surrendered 10 runs on 15 hits and two walks while striking out six across 10.0 innings. It is not time to panic on Tillman or anything, but a mild amount of concern is certainly warranted. He is a definitely a hold-and-see starter in standard mixed leagues going into Thursday night’s matchup with the Mariners.
Altuve is putting together a fantasy season in which he is the top second baseman by a long shot. He continued that on Saturday with four hits, and a homer. On the season the MVP candidate is slashing .345/.425/.562 on the season along with 13 home runs, 44 RBI, and 18 steals. Saturday’s game gives him a seven game hit streak and three home runs in his last five games. Altuve has never faced Sunday’s starter for the Royals, Ian Kennedy, however he is hitting .338 with ten home runs against righties so far this season. Altuve is a must start in every format.