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2017 RECAP

Record: 47 - 47

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 49 45
2 Minnesota Twins 48 47
3 Kansas City Royals 47 47
4 Detroit Tigers 44 51
5 Chicago White Sox 38 54

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 37 75 9 17 7 2 1 2 4 0 13 0 0 .227
Salvador Pérez (R) KC C 86 319 40 91 59 18 1 18 10 1 65 1 0 .285

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Eric Hosmer (L) KC 1B 94 359 55 113 46 20 1 14 32 2 64 3 0 .315

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Raúl Mondesí (B) KC 2B 15 42 4 4 2 0 0 1 3 0 18 5 2 .095
Whit Merrifield (R) KC 2B 77 297 37 86 35 21 4 8 15 0 43 15 1 .290

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Mike Moustakas (L) KC 3B 85 338 46 93 59 16 0 25 13 2 59 0 0 .275
Cheslor Cuthbert (R) KC 3B 33 92 4 18 10 4 0 1 3 0 25 0 0 .196

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ramon Torres (B) KC SS 18 50 8 13 2 3 0 0 4 0 9 1 0 .260
Alcides Escobar (R) KC SS 94 359 37 84 32 18 2 3 9 0 68 2 3 .234

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Terrance Gore (R) KC LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alex Gordon (L) KC LF 84 286 28 56 28 12 1 5 26 2 69 1 2 .196

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Lorenzo Cain (R) KC CF 91 343 51 91 30 15 2 11 36 1 68 15 0 .265
Billy Burns (B) KC CF 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jorge Bonifacio (R) KC RF 72 262 37 66 28 12 1 11 26 0 75 1 0 .252
Jorge Soler (R) KC RF 29 91 7 14 6 5 0 2 10 1 34 0 0 .154
Paulo Orlando (R) KC RF 14 47 4 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 15 1 1 .149

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Ian Kennedy (R) KC SP 17 17 3 6 0 93.2 71 19 45 36 82 4.32 1.15
Joakim Soria (R) KC RP 41 0 4 2 1 39.0 36 1 15 12 51 3.46 1.26
Peter Moylan (R) KC RP 44 0 0 0 0 33.0 28 2 18 14 31 4.91 1.30
Seth Maness (R) KC RP 8 0 1 0 0 9.2 16 3 4 2 4 3.72 1.86
Miguel Almonte (R) KC RP 2 0 0 0 0 2.0 5 0 3 2 0 13.50 3.50
Jason Vargas (L) KC SP 18 18 12 4 0 109.0 104 13 37 28 82 3.06 1.22
Travis Wood (L) KC SP 27 2 1 3 0 37.0 49 4 28 19 25 6.81 1.84
Kevin McCarthy (R) KC RP 14 0 1 0 0 18.2 18 0 5 4 8 2.41 1.18
Matt Strahm (L) KC RP 24 3 2 5 0 34.2 30 6 21 20 37 5.45 1.50
Luke Farrell (R) KC SP 1 1 0 0 0 2.2 7 1 5 3 2 16.88 3.75
Kelvin Herrera (R) KC RP 39 0 2 2 19 36.0 37 8 19 9 36 4.75 1.28
Chris Young (R) KC RP 14 2 0 0 0 30.0 47 7 25 12 22 7.50 2.03
Eric Skoglund (L) KC SP 3 3 1 1 0 9.2 13 0 6 5 8 5.59 1.86
Neftali Feliz (R) KC RP 39 0 1 5 8 37.0 33 8 22 15 27 3.60 2.61
Nate Karns (R) KC SP 9 8 2 2 0 45.1 41 9 21 12 51 4.17 1.19
Al Alburquerque (R) KC RP 10 0 0 1 0 9.0 7 0 4 6 8 4.00 1.44
Mike Minor (L) KC RP 38 0 5 2 0 46.2 34 3 12 12 50 2.31 0.99
Jason Hammel (R) KC SP 19 19 4 8 0 106.2 118 14 57 34 83 4.81 1.43
Danny Duffy (L) KC SP 15 15 6 6 0 94.2 94 7 39 27 75 3.71 1.28
Jake Junis (R) KC SP 8 6 2 2 0 35.0 41 9 22 15 28 5.66 1.63
Scott Alexander (L) KC RP 25 0 1 3 0 36.0 27 1 9 17 30 2.25 1.22

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