Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup 4/18/19 Royals Lineup

7-12, 5th in AL Central

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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.

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Starting Lineup

H. Bailey , (R), SP
1. W. Merrifield , (R), 2B
2. A. Mondesi , (S), SS
3. A. Gordon , (L), LF
4. H. Dozier , (R), 3B
5. R. O'Hearn , (L), 1B
6. J. Soler , (R), RF
7. L. Duda , (L), DH
8. M. Maldonado , (R), C
9. B. Hamilton , (S), CF
Pos Pitcher
SP Homer Bailey H. Bailey (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Homer Bailey H. Bailey (R) 70 3 1-1 17 69 15 10 10 3 6 21 0.38% 0.10% 1.24 0.316
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) 82 1 18 80 24 17 3 2 2 8 14 5 1 0.32 0.35 0.49 0.843
SS Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi (S) 68 2 17 76 19 8 5 4 2 11 9 5 1 0.268 0.303 0.54 0.838
LF Alex Gordon A. Gordon (L) 73 3 17 75 21 12 6 0 3 15 13 0 0 0.339 0.427 0.58 1.008
3B Hunter Dozier H. Dozier (R) 69 4 16 67 17 10 2 0 5 10 9 0 1 0.298 0.388 0.60 0.984
1B Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn (L) 68 5 17 62 8 5 1 0 2 5 7 0 0 0.163 0.339 0.31 0.645
RF Jorge Soler J. Soler (R) 72 6 18 74 15 6 5 0 4 13 7 0 1 0.221 0.284 0.47 0.755
DH Lucas Duda L. Duda (L) 73 7 13 39 6 3 1 0 2 8 3 0 0 0.2 0.359 0.43 0.792
C Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado (R) 70 8 15 52 8 5 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0.174 0.269 0.24 0.508
CF Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton (S) 75 9 15 53 10 10 0 0 0 1 7 3 1 0.213 0.283 0.21 0.496

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2019 Recent Royals Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
4/18 @ NYY W 6-1 Homer Bailey H. Bailey (R), 6 IP, 6 SO, 1 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Jorge Soler J. Soler Lucas Duda L. Duda Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
4/17 @ CHW W 4-3 Brad Keller B. Keller (R), 5 IP, 3 SO, 2 ER, ND Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Jorge Soler J. Soler Lucas Duda L. Duda Chris Owings C. Owings Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
4/17 @ CHW L 1-5 Jorge Lopez J. Lopez (R), 6 IP, 10 SO, 4 ER, L Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Alex Gordon A. Gordon Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Jorge Soler J. Soler Lucas Duda L. Duda Chris Owings C. Owings Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
4/16 @ CHW L 4-5 Heath Fillmyer H. Fillmyer (R), 5 IP, 2 SO, 3 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Lucas Duda L. Duda Chris Owings C. Owings Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton
4/14 vs CLE W 9-8 Jake Junis J. Junis (R), 6.1 IP, 4 SO, 5 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Lucas Duda L. Duda Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher Chris Owings C. Owings
4/13 vs CLE W 3-0 Homer Bailey H. Bailey (R), 7 IP, 6 SO, 0 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Lucas Duda L. Duda Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Chris Owings C. Owings
4/13 vs CLE W 8-1 Brad Keller B. Keller (R), 6.2 IP, 10 SO, 1 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Lucas Duda L. Duda Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Chris Owings C. Owings
4/11 vs SEA L 6-7 Jorge Lopez J. Lopez (R), 6 IP, 5 SO, 2 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Chris Owings C. Owings Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Terrance Gore T. Gore
4/11 vs SEA L 5-6 Heath Fillmyer H. Fillmyer (R), 3 IP, 2 SO, 5 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Billy Hamilton B. Hamilton Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Jorge Soler J. Soler Frank Schwindel F. Schwindel Chris Owings C. Owings Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher Terrance Gore T. Gore
4/10 vs SEA L 3-6 Jake Junis J. Junis (R), 4 IP, 6 SO, 4 ER, L Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Jorge Soler J. Soler Frank Schwindel F. Schwindel Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Chris Owings C. Owings Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado 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.