Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup 2/18/19 Royals Lineup

58-104, 5th in AL Central

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The Royals failed to resign their two big bats over the last few seasons, and they have never been a powerful team, but this might hit a new low. There are two exciting bats within the lineup with some speed, as Whit Merrifield is a good source of speed. He will likely hit leadoff, and Adalberto Mondesi showcased some speed and power at shortstop, which has been a down spot for Kansas City in the last decade. Mondesi is going to have some spells where the average hits a low, but he is a bright youthful player on a rebuilding team. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez have been here for a while, and are the seasoned vets for this bunch. Perez is a strong power catcher, and hitting fourth will be solid for his value this season. They have a lot of boom-or-bust in the back half of the lineup like Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler.

Updated: 9:00 am GMT, 10/1

Starting Lineup

1. W. Merrifield , (R), 2B
2. A. Mondesi , (S), SS
3. S. Perez , (R), DH
4. R. O'Hearn , (L), 1B
5. R. Herrera , (S), RF
6. B. Goodwin , (L), CF
7. A. Escobar , (R), 3B
8. B. Phillips , (L), LF
9. M. Viloria , (L), C
Pos Pitcher
SP Eric Skoglund E. Skoglund (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Eric Skoglund E. Skoglund (L) 67 13 1-6 70 293 66 41 40 12 19 49 0.18% 0.06% 1.21 0.261
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) 78 1 158 705 192 134 43 3 12 60 88 45 10 0.304 0.367 0.44 0.805
SS Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi (S) 68 2 75 288 76 46 13 3 14 37 47 32 7 0.276 0.306 0.50 0.804
DH Salvador Perez S. Perez (R) 81 3 129 544 120 70 23 0 27 80 52 1 1 0.235 0.274 0.44 0.713
1B Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn (L) 68 4 45 170 39 15 10 2 12 30 23 0 0 0.262 0.353 0.60 0.95
RF Rosell Herrera R. Herrera (S) 67 5 86 301 65 47 14 3 1 20 25 3 5 0.234 0.286 0.32 0.603
CF Brian Goodwin B. Goodwin (L) 75 6 77 179 38 26 6 0 6 25 20 4 2 0.239 0.318 0.39 0.708
3B Alcides Escobar A. Escobar (R) 67 7 140 523 112 83 22 3 4 34 54 8 2 0.231 0.279 0.31 0.592
LF Brett Phillips B. Phillips (L) 68 8 51 147 25 16 4 3 2 11 15 1 1 0.187 0.252 0.31 0.558
C Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria (L) 69 9 10 28 7 5 2 0 0 4 4 0 0 0.259 0.286 0.33 0.619

2018 Recent Royals Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
9/30 vs CLE L 1-2 Eric Skoglund E. Skoglund (L), 5 IP, 3 SO, 1 ER, L Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Salvador Perez S. Perez Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Rosell Herrera R. Herrera Brian Goodwin B. Goodwin Alcides Escobar A. Escobar Brett Phillips B. Phillips Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria
9/29 vs CLE W 9-4 Jake Junis J. Junis (R), 6 IP, 6 SO, 3 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 Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Brian Goodwin B. Goodwin Alcides Escobar A. Escobar Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria
9/29 vs CLE L 6-14 Ian Kennedy I. Kennedy (R), 6 IP, 2 SO, 4 ER, L Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Salvador Perez S. Perez Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Brian Goodwin B. Goodwin Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher
9/28 vs CLE W 2-1 Glenn Sparkman G. Sparkman (R), 5 IP, 2 SO, 1 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Salvador Perez S. Perez Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Brian Goodwin B. Goodwin Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher Brett Phillips B. Phillips
9/26 @ CIN W 6-1 Heath Fillmyer H. Fillmyer (R), 7.1 IP, 9 SO, 1 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Salvador Perez S. Perez Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Rosell Herrera R. Herrera Alcides Escobar A. Escobar Heath Fillmyer H. Fillmyer
9/23 @ DET W 3-2 Brad Keller B. Keller (R), 7 IP, 2 SO, 1 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Salvador Perez S. Perez Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Alcides Escobar A. Escobar Rosell Herrera R. Herrera Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher
9/22 @ DET L 4-5 Jake Junis J. Junis (R), 6 IP, 5 SO, 3 ER, ND Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Salvador Perez S. Perez Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Brian Goodwin B. Goodwin Brett Phillips B. Phillips Meibrys Viloria M. Viloria
9/21 @ DET W 4-3 Ian Kennedy I. Kennedy (R), 7 IP, 6 SO, 2 ER, W Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Salvador Perez S. Perez Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Alcides Escobar A. Escobar Rosell Herrera R. Herrera Cameron Gallagher C. Gallagher
9/20 @ DET L 8-11 Jorge Lopez J. Lopez (R), 1 IP, 0 SO, 7 ER, L Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Salvador Perez S. Perez Jorge Bonifacio J. Bonifacio Rosell Herrera R. Herrera Alcides Escobar A. Escobar Brian Goodwin B. Goodwin Brett Phillips B. Phillips
9/19 @ PIT L 1-2 Heath Fillmyer H. Fillmyer (R), 7 IP, 5 SO, 2 ER, L Whit Merrifield W. Merrifield Adalberto Mondesi A. Mondesi Alex Gordon A. Gordon Salvador Perez S. Perez Ryan O'Hearn R. O'Hearn Hunter Dozier H. Dozier Alcides Escobar A. Escobar Brett Phillips B. Phillips Heath Fillmyer H. Fillmyer

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.