Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup 12/15/19 Royals Lineup

59-103, 4th in AL Central

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MIN 4 @ KC 5

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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: 7:00 am GMT, 9/30

Starting Lineup

J. Lopez , (R), SP
1. W. Merrifield , (R), 2B
2. J. Soler , (R), DH
3. H. Dozier , (R), 3B
4. R. McBroom , (R), RF
5. C. Cuthbert , (R), 1B
6. A. Gordon , (L), LF
7. B. Starling , (R), CF
8. N. Dini , (R), C
9. N. Lopez , (L), SS
Pos Pitcher
SP Jorge Lopez J. Lopez (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Jorge Lopez J. Lopez (R) 78 18 4-9 123.2 548 140 94 87 27 42 109 20.30% 8.90% 1.47 0.314
Pos Hitter
2B Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield (R)
DH Jorge Soler J. Soler (R)
3B Hunter Dozier H. Dozier (R)
RF Ryan McBroom R. McBroom (R)
1B Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert (R)
LF Alex Gordon A. Gordon (L)
CF Bubba Starling B. Starling (R)
C Nick Dini N. Dini (R)
SS Nicky Lopez N. Lopez (L)
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 1 162 735 206 139 41 10 16 74 105 20 9 0.302 0.348 0.46 0.811
DH Jorge Soler J. Soler (R) 72 2 162 676 156 74 33 1 48 117 95 3 1 0.265 0.354 0.57 0.923
3B Hunter Dozier H. Dozier (R) 69 3 139 586 146 81 29 10 26 84 75 2 2 0.279 0.348 0.52 0.87
RF Ryan McBroom R. McBroom (R) 69 4 23 83 22 17 5 0 0 6 8 0 0 0.293 0.361 0.36 0.721
1B Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert (R) 58 5 87 330 76 53 14 0 9 40 24 1 0 0.246 0.294 0.38 0.673
LF Alex Gordon A. Gordon (L) 73 6 150 632 148 103 31 1 13 76 77 5 4 0.266 0.345 0.40 0.741
CF Bubba Starling B. Starling (R) 73 7 56 196 40 29 7 0 4 12 26 2 0 0.215 0.255 0.32 0.572
C Nick Dini N. Dini (R) 71 8 20 63 11 6 3 0 2 6 11 0 0 0.196 0.27 0.36 0.627
SS Nicky Lopez N. Lopez (L) 71 9 103 398 91 65 22 2 2 30 44 1 1 0.24 0.276 0.33 0.601

2019 Recent Royals Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
9/29 vs MIN W 5-4 Jorge Lopez J. Lopez (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Ryan McBroom R. McBroom Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Erick Mejia E. Mejia Humberto Arteaga H. Arteaga Nick Dini N. Dini
9/28 vs MIN L 3-4 Glenn Sparkman G. Sparkman (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Erick Mejia E. Mejia Humberto Arteaga H. Arteaga Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Nick Dini N. Dini
9/28 vs MIN L 2-6 Eric Skoglund E. Skoglund (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Ryan McBroom R. McBroom Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria Brett Phillips B. Phillips
9/26 vs ATL L 2-10 Mike Montgomery M. Montgomery (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Ryan McBroom R. McBroom Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Bubba Starling B. Starling Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria
9/25 vs ATL W 9-6 Danny Duffy D. Duffy (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Ryan McBroom R. McBroom Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Bubba Starling B. Starling Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria Nicky Lopez N. Lopez
9/22 @ MIN L 8-12 Jorge Lopez J. Lopez (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Ryan McBroom R. McBroom Cheslor Cuthbert C. Cuthbert Bubba Starling B. Starling Humberto Arteaga H. Arteaga Nick Dini N. Dini
9/21 @ MIN W 12-5 Glenn Sparkman G. Sparkman (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Ryan McBroom R. McBroom Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria Brett Phillips B. Phillips
9/21 @ MIN L 3-4 Eric Skoglund E. Skoglund (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Ryan McBroom R. McBroom Erick Mejia E. Mejia Nicky Lopez N. Lopez Nick Dini N. Dini
9/19 @ MIN L 5-8 Mike Montgomery M. Montgomery (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Ryan McBroom R. McBroom Erick Mejia E. Mejia Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria Nicky Lopez N. Lopez
9/18 @ OAK L 0-1 Danny Duffy D. Duffy (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Jorge Soler J. Soler Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alex Gordon A. Gordon Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Bubba Starling B. Starling Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria Brett Phillips B. Phillips

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.