Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup 7/29/21 Royals Lineup

44-56, 4th in AL Central

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vs CHW

6:10 pm GMT , 7/29

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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

1. W. Merrifield , (R), 2B
2. C. Santana , (S), DH
3. S. Perez , (R), C
4. J. Soler , (R), RF
5. A. Benintendi , (L), LF
6. R. O'Hearn , (L), 1B
7. H. Dozier , (R), 3B
8. M. A. Taylor , (R), CF
9. N. Lopez , (L), SS
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
P Carlos Hernandez C. Hernandez (R)
61
2 1-1 9.1 132 26 19 19 3 21 38 .288% .159% 1.66 .338
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)
79
1 99 434 107 74 23 2 8 53 56 25 1 .272 .318 .401 .719
DH Carlos Santana C. Santana (S)
75
2 99 420 83 56 10 0 17 55 52 2 0 .236 .350 .409 .759
C Salvador Perez S. Perez (R)
96
3 99 406 107 67 17 0 23 62 45 1 0 .276 .305 .497 .803
RF Jorge Soler J. Soler (R)
80
4 92 352 58 30 15 0 13 36 37 0 0 .193 .289 .372 .661
LF Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi (L)
62
5 75 304 75 53 10 1 11 38 41 7 7 .269 .317 .430 .747
1B Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn (L)
65
6 44 144 31 21 2 0 8 19 16 0 0 .225 .257 .413 .670
3B Hunter Dozier H. Dozier (R)
78
7 83 317 56 28 17 3 8 29 30 1 2 .198 .278 .364 .642
CF Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor (R)
68
8 90 324 72 56 7 1 8 33 40 7 4 .242 .299 .354 .653
SS Nicky Lopez N. Lopez (L)
63
9 89 298 72 58 11 3 0 22 41 8 0 .280 .362 .346 .708

Most Common Royals Lineups

6 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Carlos Santana
3. Andrew Benintendi
4. Salvador Perez
5. Jorge Soler
6. Hunter Dozier
7. Kelvin Gutierrez
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
4 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Carlos Santana
3. Salvador Perez
4. Andrew Benintendi
5. Jorge Soler
6. Ryan O'Hearn
7. Hunter Dozier
8. Jarrod Dyson
9. Nicky Lopez
4 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Carlos Santana
3. Andrew Benintendi
4. Salvador Perez
5. Jorge Soler
6. Kelvin Gutierrez
7. Michael A. Taylor
8. Cam Gallagher
9. Nicky Lopez
3 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Carlos Santana
3. Salvador Perez
4. Andrew Benintendi
5. Hunter Dozier
6. Jorge Soler
7. Michael A. Taylor
8. Nicky Lopez
3 Games Game
1. Whit Merrifield
2. Carlos Santana
3. Andrew Benintendi
4. Salvador Perez
5. Jorge Soler
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
7/29 vs CHW W 3-2 Kris Bubic K. Bubic (L), 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 Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor Nicky Lopez N. Lopez
7/28 vs CHW L 3-5 Brad Keller B. Keller (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 Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor Nicky Lopez N. Lopez
7/27 vs CHW W 4-3 Mike Minor M. Minor (L), 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 Hanser Alberto H. Alberto Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor Jarrod Dyson J. Dyson
7/25 vs DET W 6-1 Daniel Lynch D. Lynch (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Carlos Santana C. Santana Salvador Perez S. Perez Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Hanser Alberto H. Alberto Michael A. Taylor M. A. Taylor Cam Gallagher C. Gallagher Jarrod Dyson J. Dyson
7/24 vs DET W 9-8 Carlos Hernandez C. Hernandez (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Carlos Santana C. Santana Salvador Perez S. Perez Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi Jorge Soler J. Soler Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier 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.