Kansas City Royals
- Kauffman Stadium
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|57||SP||S||R||6' 2"||210||05/11/1992 (27)|
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|32||SP||R||R||6' 5"||190||07/30/1989 (30)|
|34||SP||R||R||6' 3"||220||03/26/1993 (26)|
|11||CF||R||R||6' 4"||210||08/03/1992 (27)|
|4||LF||L||R||6' 1"||220||02/10/1984 (35)|
|14||RF||L||R||6' 0"||185||05/30/1994 (25)|
|12||RF||R||R||6' 4"||215||02/25/1992 (27)|
|66||1B||L||L||6' 3"||200||07/26/1993 (26)|
|27||2B||S||R||6' 1"||185||07/27/1995 (24)|
|15||2B||R||R||6' 0"||195||01/24/1989 (30)|
|19||3B||R||R||6' 1"||190||11/16/1992 (26)|
|17||3B||R||R||6' 4"||220||08/22/1991 (28)|
|36||C||R||R||6' 3"||230||12/06/1992 (26)|
|72||C||L||R||5' 11"||175||02/15/1997 (22)|
|72||C||R||R||5' 8"||180||07/27/1993 (26)|
|13||C||R||R||6' 3"||240||05/10/1990 (29)|
|68||SS||R||R||6' 0"||160||01/23/1994 (25)|
|47||SS||L||R||5' 11"||175||03/13/1995 (24)|
Kansas City Royals outfielder Bubba Starling has fallen on hard times in KC, but he's trying to fight his way through an ugly slump. Following an 11-game hitting streak in his first 12 games in the majors, Starling fell off rapidly. Starling is hitting .115 over his last 52 at-bats with one home run and four runs scored. He's also struck out a whopping 22 times over that period of time, including earning two golden sombreros for striking out four times in a single game. Starling has a history of struggling terribly when he got his first crack at each new level in the minors, so it's not surprising he's struggling in the majors now.
Kansas City Royals rookie catcher Meibrys Viloria came through with a critical double against Noah Syndergaard on Friday to help the Royals win against the Mets. Viloria's key hit came when KC was trailing, and he would go on to score the eventual winning run when Nicky Lopez knocked him in. Viloria is a light-hitting Double-A prospect for the Royals, but since he got called up, he's impressed a bit. Having safely hit in 11 of 16 games so far, Viloria has already racked up four doubles. It's unlikely that Viloria is going to turn into much this season, but if he can keep stroking the ball like this, he could be a perfect short-term pickup for a team trying to make the playoffs.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Mike Montgomery took it to the Mets on Friday as he threw six frames without allowing any earned runs to get the win. Montgomery bested star pitcher Noah Syndergaard as he held New York to just seven baserunners. Montgomery only struck out three, which is a bit concerning, but considering he sat down 12 in his last outing, it's safe to just assume his standard numbers will fall somewhere around the middle of those two. Since coming over to the Royals, Montgomery is rocking a 3.68 ERA and has only allowed two earned runs in his last 18 innings. It may be the Royals, but Montgomery looks like he could be a solid investment for the upcoming weeks.
For the first time in over a year, Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler walked three times in a single game. Soler's three walks on Friday amounted to just the third time in his entire career that he's walked three or more times in a game, and it was just the second time it had happened without him being walked intentionally. Soler has been hitting at a torrid pace recently, and he still drilled a double on Friday as well. He's closing in on the franchise record for home runs in a single season, he's raised his batting average to a perfectly acceptable .261, and he's only striking out 26.1% of the time, his lowest strikeout rate as a member of the Royals. Soler looks like he's truly turned a corner.
Kansas City Royals closer Ian Kennedy has been quite the surprise this season, but he continues to do his job and shut down the ninth inning. Kennedy nailed down his 21st save of the season with a scoreless frame against the Mets on Friday. It was a bit exciting, as he allowed two hits and a walk before recording the final out, but he also had a three-run lead to work with and who doesn't like an exciting closer? Kennedy has now thrown seven straight scoreless innings, and his strikeout rate still sits north of 10.5 K/9. It looks like the conversion is complete, and Kennedy's career has been salvaged.