Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup 6/24/19 Royals Lineup

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There isn’t a ton of excitement within this group, as they lost Salvador Perez for the season, on top of already being a rebuilding club. Adalberto Mondesi is the exciting player of this group, who brings a ton of speed. The Royals are built for speed, as Mondesi, Billy Hamilton, and Whit Merrifield are all terrific stolen base threats. Merrfield is the more consistent contact bat, however. The Royals are going to struggle for power. Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn are power bats, but the contact rates limit them tremendously. Having Alex Gordon as a three hitter says a lot about the club. It is going to be a while before the Royals get out of the basement on the offensive side. They also don’t have a ton of platoon bats to give them changes against lefties either.

Updated: 11 hours ago

Starting Lineup

B. Keller , (R), SP
1. W. Merrifield , (R), RF
2. N. Lopez , (L), 2B
3. A. Gordon , (L), LF
4. H. Dozier , (R), 3B
5. J. Soler , (R), DH
6. C. Cuthbert , (R), 1B
7. H. Arteaga , (R), SS
8. M. Maldonado , (R), C
9. B. Hamilton , (S), CF
Pos Pitcher
SP Brad Keller B. Keller (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Brad Keller B. Keller (R) 70 16 3-9 97 423 88 49 48 6 48 68 16.90% 13.90% 1.40 0.281
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
RF Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield (R) 82 1 78 352 98 61 20 7 10 39 55 11 5 0.302 0.349 0.50 0.847
2B Nicky Lopez N. Lopez (L) 71 2 35 149 34 26 6 1 1 6 20 1 0 0.241 0.282 0.32 0.601
LF Alex Gordon A. Gordon (L) 73 3 73 312 72 41 20 1 10 47 43 4 1 0.264 0.343 0.45 0.797
3B Hunter Dozier H. Dozier (R) 69 4 55 229 61 33 13 3 12 38 28 1 1 0.311 0.397 0.59 0.989
DH Jorge Soler J. Soler (R) 72 5 78 320 70 32 17 0 21 53 40 0 1 0.241 0.306 0.52 0.823
1B Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert (R) 58 6 21 87 25 16 5 0 4 15 8 1 0 0.298 0.322 0.50 0.822
SS Humberto Arteaga H. Arteaga (R) 70 7 4 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.167 0.231 0.17 0.398
C Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado (R) 70 8 61 214 41 29 9 0 3 14 18 0 0 0.212 0.285 0.31 0.591
CF Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton (S) 75 9 67 235 48 39 7 2 0 8 27 16 3 0.227 0.302 0.28 0.582

2019 Recent Royals Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
6/23 vs MIN W 6-1 Homer Bailey H. Bailey (R), 5.1 IP, 5 SO, 1 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Alex Gordon A. Gordon Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Jorge Soler J. Soler Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Humberto Arteaga H. Arteaga Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
6/22 vs MIN L 3-5 Danny Duffy D. Duffy (L), 8 IP, 4 SO, 3 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Lucas Duda L. Duda Humberto Arteaga H. Arteaga Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher
6/22 vs MIN L 7-8 Jake Junis J. Junis (R), 6 IP, 8 SO, 2 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Jorge Soler J. Soler Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Humberto Arteaga H. Arteaga Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Terrance Gore T. Gore Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
6/21 vs MIN W 4-1 Glenn Sparkman G. Sparkman (R), 7 IP, 3 SO, 1 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Lucas Duda L. Duda Humberto Arteaga H. Arteaga Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
6/19 @ SEA L 2-8 Brad Keller B. Keller (R), 4 IP, 5 SO, 7 ER, L Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Lucas Duda L. Duda Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
6/19 @ SEA W 9-0 Homer Bailey H. Bailey (R), 7.2 IP, 6 SO, 0 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
6/18 @ SEA W 6-4 Danny Duffy D. Duffy (L), 5 IP, 4 SO, 4 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
6/16 @ MIN W 8-6 Jake Junis J. Junis (R), 3.2 IP, 5 SO, 2 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
6/15 @ MIN L 4-5 Glenn Sparkman G. Sparkman (R), 5 IP, 3 SO, 4 ER, L Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Lucas Duda L. Duda Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
6/15 @ MIN L 0-2 Brad Keller B. Keller (R), 7 IP, 5 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Lucas Duda L. Duda Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton

2019 Kansas City Royals Pitching Analysis

The Royals rotation is in rough shape heading into the season, and that is the case for a few teams in the AL Central. They finished with the second highest team ERA in 2018, and they should likely be in the bottom ten again. Danny Duffy headlines this rotation, and has struggled with home runs the last few seasons as a fly ball pitcher. Duffy has also shown some decline in his velocity, and it might be injury related given he has spent some time on the DL the last two seasons with arm issues. Duffy is projected around 150 innings this season, and a near five ERA. Not the type of production you want from a lead arm. Duffy is going to have some positive outings every now and then when he has his off-speed stuff working, and that will go for Jake Junis too. Junis is a high slider usage arm, and when that slider is on, he has above average strikeout stuff. The issue is that his slider didn’t quite have it most games, and that is where teams teed off on him. Junis is projected for a similar season to last, and unless he added something in the offseason or had an increase in velocity, that will likely be true.

Kansas City doesn’t have any long term options in the rotation right now, so names like Brad Keller, Ian Kennedy, Heath Fillmyer, and Eric Skoglund are going to continue plug in starts. Kennedy is the more recognizable name, and has been around in the majors for a while. Kennedy is consistently average, and the fly balls for him make him prone to blowups. There are not a lot of names here that project well this season, and nobody is projected for a WHIP under 1.20. Keller has the best chance to breakout in the ERA department, mainly because he is the only name to rely on ground balls and pedestrian hard-contact rates. He is projected to slide into the second spot in the rotation. Skoglund has an issue like Duffy with allowing a lot of fly balls, which leads to production from hitters. During the colder months this rotation might be able to get away with it, but once things heat up, the arms usually cool off if they haven’t already.