Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup 5/6/21 Royals Lineup

16-13, 3rd in AL Central

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The Kansas City Royals broke an agonizing drought of playoff appearances with back-to-back trips to the World Series and a title just six seasons ago. Seems like a distant memory for Royals' fans. After hovering around .500 baseball for two years, Kansas City has plummeted. A pair of 100-plus loss seasons was followed by lackluster pandemic-shortened 2020. The Royals made the biggest improvement statistically in team ERA. Kansas City pitchers jumped from a fourth worst 5.20 ERA to 12th best in baseball last season. Pitchers carved off nearly a run per game. A key for maintaining or improving this important stat will rest on the shoulders of veteran backstop Salvador Perez.

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Royals Starting Lineup

D. Duffy , (L), P
1. W. Merrifield , (R), 2B
2. A. Benintendi , (L), LF
3. C. Santana , (S), 1B
4. S. Perez , (R), C
5. J. Soler , (R), RF
6. H. Dozier , (R), 3B
7. R. O'Hearn , (L), DH
8. M. A. Taylor , (R), CF
9. N. Lopez , (L), SS
Pos Pitcher
P Danny Duffy D. Duffy (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
P Danny Duffy D. Duffy (L)
94
5 4-1 10 118 20 4 2 2 9 34 .640% .076% 0.97 .247
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2B Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield (R)
73
1 29 131 31 21 6 0 4 21 19 10 1 .270 .328 .426 .754
LF Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi (L)
65
2 27 112 29 21 5 0 3 10 18 5 4 .287 .357 .426 .783
1B Carlos Santana C. Santana (S)
87
3 29 125 27 17 4 0 6 21 17 1 0 .255 .360 .462 .822
C Salvador Perez S. Perez (R)
78
4 29 122 31 17 7 0 7 18 16 0 0 .270 .311 .513 .824
RF Jorge Soler J. Soler (R)
72
5 29 115 19 8 9 0 2 16 11 0 0 .196 .277 .351 .627
3B Hunter Dozier H. Dozier (R)
61
6 25 94 16 5 4 2 5 14 10 1 1 .184 .245 .448 .693
DH Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn (L)
87
7 8 30 6 3 1 0 2 2 3 0 0 .222 .300 .481 .782
CF Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor (R)
77
8 28 99 25 21 2 0 2 8 11 3 1 .275 .333 .363 .696
SS Nicky Lopez N. Lopez (L)
77
9 29 97 17 13 2 2 0 7 14 2 0 .215 .323 .291 .614

Most Common Royals Lineups

6 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Andrew Benintendi
3. Carlos Santana
4. Salvador Perez
5. Jorge Soler
6. Hunter Dozier
7. Michael A. Taylor
8. Hanser Alberto
9. Nicky Lopez
5 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Andrew Benintendi
3. Carlos Santana
4. Salvador Perez
5. Jorge Soler
6. Hunter Dozier
7. Ryan O'Hearn
8. Michael A. Taylor
9. Nicky Lopez
5 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Carlos Santana
3. Salvador Perez
4. Jorge Soler
5. Hunter Dozier
6. Andrew Benintendi
7. Michael A. Taylor
8. Kyle Isbel
9. Nicky Lopez
3 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Andrew Benintendi
3. Salvador Perez
4. Carlos Santana
5. Jorge Soler
6. Michael A. Taylor
7. Kyle Isbel
8. Hanser Alberto
9. Nicky Lopez
2 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Andrew Benintendi
3. Carlos Santana
4. Salvador Perez
5. Jorge Soler
6. Ryan O'Hearn
7. Hunter Dozier
8. Jarrod Dyson
9. Nicky Lopez
2 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Carlos Santana
3. Salvador Perez
4. Jorge Soler
5. Andrew Benintendi
6. Hunter Dozier
7. Michael A. Taylor
8. Cam Gallagher
9. Nicky Lopez

2021 Recent Royals Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
5/6 vs CLE L 4-5 Brady Singer B. Singer (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi Carlos Santana C. Santana Salvador Perez S. Perez Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor Nicky Lopez N. Lopez
5/5 vs CLE L 3-7 Mike Minor M. Minor (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi Carlos Santana C. Santana Salvador Perez S. Perez Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor Hanser Alberto H. Alberto Nicky Lopez N. Lopez
5/4 vs CLE L 6-8 Daniel Lynch D. Lynch (), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi Carlos Santana C. Santana Salvador Perez S. Perez Jorge Soler J. Soler Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Jarrod Dyson J. Dyson Nicky Lopez N. Lopez
5/2 @ MIN L 4-13 Jose Berrios J. Berrios (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Carlos Santana C. Santana Salvador Perez S. Perez Jorge Soler J. Soler Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor Cam Gallagher C. Gallagher Nicky Lopez N. Lopez
5/1 @ MIN W 11-3 Matt Shoemaker M. Shoemaker (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Carlos Santana C. Santana Salvador Perez S. Perez Jorge Soler J. Soler Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor Nicky Lopez N. Lopez

The rest of the Royals primary everyday lineup is aging. Carlos Santana jumped from Cleveland to KC. Besides Perez, the Royals will need to get solid seasons from Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler to improve on a sixth worst team rank for run production. Kansas City will also hope the right Adalberto Mondesi shows up. Mondesi's 2020 season produced split results between the first half and the last 24 games. Even with a run per game improvement from pitching, Kansas City still ranked 11th worst in baseball in run differential. Better pitch selection will help. The Royals ranked fair for batting average, but fell to fifth worst for team on-base percentage. Any regression by the pitching staff during the 2021 schedule could produce another season of disappointment for Royals' fans.