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2017 RECAP

Record: 73 - 77

Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights

It has to be that they were one hit away from completing an improbable run and winning the World Series. From a fantasy perspective, the highlight was Lorenzo Cain finally fulfilling the potential pundits have promised for as long as we can remember. Cain’s .301 average and 28 steals in limited duty vaulted many over the hump in 2014 (warning: Cain’s injury history and unrepeatable .383 BABIP screams risk for 2015).

What Has Changed?

Big game James Shields is gone, leaving the ace role to young fireballer Yordano Ventura. On offense, Kendrys Morales replaces Billy Butler at DH, Alex Rios arrives to attempt to erase an ugly 2014 and Alex Gordon (wrist surgery) may not be at full strength when the season begins.

What to Expect:

Expect the Royals to hit better than they pitch (or at least better than their starters pitch). With the speed of Dyson, Cain, Rios and Escobar, Morales providing more power than Butler and Hosmer and Moustakas maturing, the Royals should score. However, with Guthrie, Vargas and Volquez not scaring anyone, the Royals will need that offense.

This Year’s Surprise:

Mike Moustakas finally lives up to the hype and blasts 25+ home runs at a solid average at a shallow 3B position. Mouse hit 15 last year plus five in the post-season despite being benched often and spending some time on the farm. Remember, he is only 26 and already has four major league seasons and playoff seasoning under his belt. If you need more proof, consider this: his contact rate has improved two years in a row, his .223 BABIP shows he was very unlucky last year and his K/BB rate has improved each of the last two years. The time is now.

2017 STANDINGS

# TEAM W L
1 Cleveland Indians 94 57
2 Minnesota Twins 78 73
3 Kansas City Royals 73 77
4 Detroit Tigers 62 89
5 Chicago White Sox 60 90

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Drew Butera (R) KC C 67 150 17 36 14 4 1 3 9 0 34 0 0 .240
Cam Gallagher (R) KC C 10 20 2 6 5 1 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 .300
Salvador Pérez (R) KC C 121 447 53 118 73 22 1 25 13 3 92 1 0 .264

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Eric Hosmer (L) KC 1B 150 563 90 182 87 29 1 24 61 2 101 6 1 .323

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Raúl Mondesí (B) KC 2B 20 49 4 7 2 0 0 1 3 0 21 5 2 .143
Whit Merrifield (R) KC 2B 133 536 72 154 71 30 6 17 29 0 80 30 5 .287

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Mike Moustakas (L) KC 3B 137 520 71 141 82 23 0 36 24 7 88 0 0 .271
Cheslor Cuthbert (R) KC 3B 52 131 9 30 18 7 0 2 9 0 35 0 0 .229

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ramon Torres (B) KC SS 30 71 8 17 4 3 0 0 4 0 11 1 0 .239
Alcides Escobar (R) KC SS 150 559 67 140 48 32 4 5 14 0 95 4 6 .250

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Terrance Gore (R) KC LF 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000
Alex Gordon (L) KC LF 137 449 46 94 44 19 2 8 34 2 117 6 4 .209

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Lorenzo Cain (R) KC CF 144 546 82 164 48 26 5 14 49 1 94 24 2 .300
Billy Burns (B) KC CF 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .167

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Melky Cabrera (B) KC RF 145 580 74 165 79 27 2 17 34 1 73 1 1 .295
Jorge Bonifacio (R) KC RF 105 364 53 91 36 13 1 16 33 0 111 1 0 .250
Jorge Soler (R) KC RF 32 93 7 14 6 5 0 2 11 1 34 0 0 .151
Paulo Orlando (R) KC RF 28 70 6 12 3 1 0 0 1 0 17 1 1 .171

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Ian Kennedy (R) KC SP 28 28 4 12 0 143.2 132 31 86 56 117 5.39 1.32
Nate Karns (R) KC SP 9 8 2 2 0 45.1 41 9 21 12 51 4.17 1.19
Brian Flynn (L) KC RP 1 0 0 0 0 2.1 3 0 1 0 0 3.86 1.29
Seth Maness (R) KC RP 8 0 1 0 0 9.2 16 3 4 2 4 3.72 1.86
Mike Morin (R) KC RP 13 0 0 0 0 16.2 21 3 11 2 13 0.00 2.03
Danny Duffy (L) KC SP 22 22 8 9 0 136.0 129 13 56 36 124 3.71 1.21
Chris Young (R) KC RP 14 2 0 0 0 30.0 47 7 25 12 22 7.50 2.03
Sam Gaviglio (R) KC SP 14 13 4 5 0 72.1 74 16 35 23 48 2.70 2.75
Miguel Almonte (R) KC RP 2 0 0 0 0 2.0 5 0 3 2 0 13.50 3.50
Kevin McCarthy (R) KC RP 30 0 1 0 0 40.1 43 4 13 10 23 2.90 1.31
Jason Vargas (L) KC SP 29 29 16 10 0 163.1 168 25 76 48 120 4.19 1.33
Ryan Buchter (L) KC RP 64 0 4 3 1 60.1 42 10 21 25 61 3.27 2.20
Matt Strahm (L) KC RP 24 3 2 5 0 34.2 30 6 21 20 37 5.45 1.50
Mike Minor (L) KC RP 60 0 6 6 1 73.0 55 5 22 18 83 2.71 1.04
Kelvin Herrera (R) KC RP 58 0 3 3 26 53.1 56 8 27 18 51 4.56 1.43
Eric Skoglund (L) KC RP 6 5 1 2 0 17.0 28 2 18 12 13 9.53 2.35
Andres Machado (R) KC RP 2 0 0 0 0 3.2 10 2 9 3 1 22.09 3.55
Neftali Feliz (R) KC RP 49 0 2 5 8 46.0 40 9 28 21 37 4.74 2.72
Onelki Garcia (L) KC RP 2 1 0 1 0 6.0 12 2 9 5 2 13.50 2.83
Joakim Soria (R) KC RP 54 0 4 3 1 51.0 48 1 22 15 59 3.88 1.27
Trevor Cahill (R) KC RP 19 14 4 3 0 82.2 86 14 44 41 87 7.89 3.47
Jason Hammel (R) KC SP 30 30 8 12 0 171.0 195 24 96 44 135 5.05 1.41
Jake Junis (R) KC SP 17 13 7 2 0 80.1 86 12 37 19 68 4.15 1.32
Brandon Maurer (R) KC RP 66 0 3 6 22 57.3 71 8 42 17 58 8.20 3.50
Peter Moylan (R) KC RP 73 0 0 0 0 56.0 39 4 23 20 44 3.70 1.11
Scott Alexander (L) KC RP 54 0 4 4 4 66.0 60 3 19 26 55 2.59 1.30

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