Kansas City Royals Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Alex Rios, RF5/29/2015 1:03:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Rios (non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand) is expected to be activated on Saturday.
Insight: Rios was off to a fast start after a disappointing season in Texas last year, batting .321 through the first seven games before the injury. Paulo Orlando will likely be sent to Triple-A when that happens.
Chris Young, SP5/27/2015 3:21:00 PM
Description: Royals right-hander Chris Young struck out seven over six innings Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: He allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. Young has a solid 1.55 ERA this season.
Alex Gordon, LF5/27/2015 11:14:00 AM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon does not have good numbers against Michael Pineda.
Insight: Gordon is just 3-for-16 lifetime against Pineda with four strikeouts. Owners in daily leagues should consider other options.
Jason Vargas, SP5/26/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas lasted just four innings during Tuesday's loss against the Yankees.
Insight: He allowed two runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out six. Vargas is now 3-2 with a 5.16 ERA this season.
Danny Duffy, SP5/26/2015 9:50:00 AM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to left biceps tendinitis
Insight: Duffy has very little fantasy value with his 5.87 ERA and 1.70 WHIP so this shouldn't change and fantasy rosters. Jason Vargas is expected to be activated Tuesday to take his spot in the rotation. Vargas' numbers aren't much better.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP5/25/2015 4:15:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie had a pretty scary outing Monday against the Yankees.
Insight: Guthrie allowed 11 runs in nine hits and three walks. All 11 runs were earned and he struck out one over just one inning of work. Guthrie now owns a 6.70 ERA.
Salvador Perez, C5/25/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is not in Monday's starting lineup versus the Yankees.
Insight: Perez has a .305 BA with a .777 OPS and should be a solid catching option all season. Drew Butera will get the start, but has no fantasy value.
Greg Holland, RP5/25/2015 9:00:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland was not available to pitch on Sunday due to an ongoing stiff neck.
Insight: Holland should be considered day-to-day. He's an elite fantasy closer when healthy (1-0, 0.90 ERA, 1.00 WHIP). That's why fantasy owners should keep Wade Davis on the fantasy roster.
Edinson Volquez, SP5/23/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to beat the Cardinals, 3-2.
Insight: Volquez technically pitched a complete game as the game was called after five and a half innings due to rain, but he won't get credit for a complete game. Volquez also had one strikeout and three walks. He is 4-3 with a 2.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings this season.
Alex Gordon, LF5/23/2015 10:16:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the, 3-2, rain-shortened victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon hit his home run in the second inning. The umpires called the game after five and a half innings. Gordon was 1-for-1 with a walk in the shortened game. He is hitting .271 with five home runs and 23 RBI this season.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/23/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left Saturday's game with a bruised collar bone according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Moustakas took a grounder up around the neck in the fifth inning. Christian Colon will finish the game at third base for Kansas City. Moustakas was 1-for-2 with a double before he left.
Alex Gordon, LF5/22/2015 1:25:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon is 5-for-7 against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
Insight: The fact is, Gordon has feasted on Cardinals pitching throughout his career, batting .358 with a 1.077 OPS over 32 games.
Alex Rios, RF5/21/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Rios (non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand) could be heading out on rehab assignment in about a week, according to Royals manager Ned Yost.
Insight: Rios was off to a fast start after a disappointing season in Texas, batting .321 through the first seven games before the injury.
Greg Holland, RP5/19/2015 11:01:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland was not available to pitch on Tuesday due to a stiff neck according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Holland should be considered day-to-day. That's why fantasy owners should have kept Wade Davis on the fantasy roster. He collected the save on Tuesday.
Wade Davis, SPHot5/19/2015 10:35:00 PM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis picked up his seventh save in the, 3-0, victory over the Reds on Tuesday.
Insight: It is unclear why Greg Holland wasn't out there. He hasn't pitched since Thursday, so he should have been well rested for an appearance on Tuesday. Nevertheless, Davis owners will take it. Davis is 7-for-7 in save chances with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings this season.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/19/2015 10:27:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the, 3-0, victory over the Reds on Tuesday.
Insight: Moustakas had RBI-doubles in the fifth and seventh innings. He has continued his hot season, hitting .331 with four home runs, 10 RBI and 25 runs in 145 at-bats this season.
Yordano Ventura, SP5/19/2015 10:24:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched seven scoreless innings as Kansas City beat Cincinnati, 3-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: Ventura allowed only four hits, struck out six and walked none. Ventura is 3-3 with a 4.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings this season.
Rafael Furcal, 2B5/19/2015 3:45:00 PM
Description: Infielder Rafael Furcal has appeanrtly announced his retirement.
Insight: Fooled me, I thought he had retired about a decade ago. OK, a slight exaggeration, but he hasn't been fantasy worthy since 2009 in Los Angeles.
Salvador Perez, C5/17/2015 5:31:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez extended his hitting streak to a modest five games on Sunday.
Insight: He blasted a home run off Chris Capuano in the second inning. Perez has a .289 BA with a .741 OPS and should be a solid catching option all season.
Edinson Volquez, SP5/17/2015 5:30:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez was on his game Sunday, going seven innings and yielding three harmless hits and zero runs en route to the 6-0 Kansas City vcitory.
Insight: Volquez didn't walk a batter and struck out five to even his record at 3-3. he's not the pitcher he was in Cincinnati, but he can hold his own as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
Omar Infante, 2B5/17/2015 12:10:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is 7-for-18 lifetime against Chris Capuano.
Insight: Two of those hits are homers and Infante has three total RBI against. Infante could be a solid daily option for Sunday's game.
Danny Duffy, SP5/16/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy allowed four runs over five innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Duffy took the loss and is now 2-3 with a 5.87 ERA.
Alex Gordon, LF5/16/2015 12:36:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon is just 5-for-28 with two RBI in his career against Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Sabathia isn't the same pitcher he once was, but Gordon hasn't figured him out yet. Start Gordon with caution.
Chris Young, SP5/16/2015 12:01:00 AM
Description: Royals right-hander Chris Young continues to excel in his spot starter role.
Insight: Young has made three starts this month because of suspensions and Jason Vargas' injury. On Friday, Young allowed just one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings versus the Yankees. He also had two strikeouts and two walks. The 35 year old is 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA and 0.63 WHIP this season.
Lorenzo Cain, CF5/15/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs in the, 12-1, rout of the Yankees on Friday.
Insight: Cain had an RBI-double in the first, sacrifice fly in the third, a two-run single in the sixth and another RBI-single in the seventh. Cain is slashing .326/.378/.473 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 129 at-bats this season.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/14/2015 5:22:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar had three hits and three RBI in the victory over the Rangers on Thursday.
Insight: Escobar singled in a pair of runs in the fourth and then had another RBI-single in the sixth. Escobar is hitting .318 with one home run, 16 runs, 14 RBI in 110 at-bats this season.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/14/2015 5:21:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the, 6-3, victory over the Rangers on Thursday.
Insight: Hosmer was 3-for-5 in the game with two RBI and a run. He already has seven home runs this season after only nine last year. Hosmer is hitting .333 with 29 RBI and 22 runs as well.
Lorenzo Cain, CF5/14/2015 11:15:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Cain is batting .312 with 24 runs scored, three homers and 14 RBI. Jarrod Dyson will make the start.
Salvador Perez, C5/14/2015 11:11:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine rest day. He has a .283 BA with an .718 OPS and should be a solid catching option all season. Drew Butera will get the start but he and his .167 batting average aren't fantasy worthy.
Danny Duffy, SP5/11/2015 10:32:00 PM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy last just 3 2/3 innings Monday versus Texas.
Insight: Duffy gave up six runs on five hits and six walks. He struck out four and now has a 5.67 ERA this season.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/11/2015 5:20:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is expected to return from bereavement leave on Monday. Update: Moustakas has been activated from the bereavement list.
Insight: Moustakas is off to a great start, hitting .327 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 21 runs scored.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/11/2015 1:20:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is expected to return from bereavement leave on Monday
Insight: Moustakas is off to a great start, hitting .327 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 21 runs scored.
Omar Infante, 2B5/9/2015 5:10:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante had three hits in the, 6-2, victory over the Royals on Saturday.
Insight: Infante had a single, double and a triple with one RBI. He is hitting .250 with no home runs and 12 RBI.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/9/2015 5:03:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer continued his hot start to 2015 on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the, 6-2, victory over the Tigers.
Insight: Hosmer hit an RBI-double in the first and then a RBI-single in the second. Hosmer has a six game-hitting streak and is hitting .322/.396/.551 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 118 at-bats this season.
Salvador Perez, C5/9/2015 12:18:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Perez has looked good in the early going. He has a .306 BA with an .775 OPS and should be a solid catching option all season. Just a routine rest day.
Yordano Ventura, SP5/8/2015 10:30:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura allowed four runs Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: He went six innings and gave up eight hits and three walks. Ventura struck out four and now has a 5.13 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/8/2015 5:41:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has been activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Escobar took a pitch in the cheek last Wednesday. He's batting .291 with eight RBI and 10 runs scored. he's in Friday's starting lineup.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/8/2015 4:05:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has been placed on bereavement leave.
Insight: Moustakas is off to a great start, hitting .327 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 21 runs scored. Expect him to miss the entore weekend series.
Alex Gordon, LF5/8/2015 10:56:00 AM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon is hitless in 10 at-bats versus Detroit ace David Price.
Insight: Gordon is hitting .270 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 89 at-bats this season. He just goes about his business with little fanfare. Friday's matchup, however, should be avoided.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/7/2015 8:42:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: He had two hits in four at-bats, and now has five homers and 23 RBI on the year. Hosmer has gotten off to a nice start and is also hitting .324 on the year.
Edinson Volquez, SP5/7/2015 5:50:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez lasted just three innings, due to a blister, Thursday against the Indians.
Insight: Volquez was done in by walking six. He also allowed three runs on two hits while striking out three over three innings of work. Volquez now has a 2.65 ERA this season.
Kelvin Herrera, RP5/7/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera will serve a six-game suspension.
Insight: The suspension was reduced by one game, as he was give five games for throwing at Brett Lawrie of the Oakland Athletics, and two more for a bench-clearing brawl against the Chicago White Sox. Herrera will begin serving it on Thursday.
Jarrod Dyson, CF5/7/2015 11:36:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson is in Thursday's starting lineup
Insight: Dyson should help a fantasy owners in stolen bases today as he's 7-for-7 when running against Corey Kluber.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/7/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a career .440 hitter (11-for-25) with six extra-base hits and a 1.241 OPS against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Moustakas is off to a great start, hitting .312 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 19 runs scored. Apparently the No. 2 hole agrees with him. He batted mostly seventh and eighth last season.
Erik Kratz, C5/7/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Royals backup catcher Erik Kratz is on the 15-day disabled list due to a bruised foot.
Insight: Kratz only has four at-bats all season, so this won't change any fantasy lineups or rosters. The Royals recalled Francisco Pena from Triple-A Omaha to back up Salvador Perez.
Alex Gordon, LF5/6/2015 12:28:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon has just two hits in 17 career at-bats against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: Gordon has been hitting a little bit better over the last two games, but it would probably be best to sit him on Wednesday. He is hitting .284 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 81 at-bats this season.
Greg Holland, RP5/6/2015 10:06:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Holland returns from for his first game since April 18. This moves Wade Davis back into the closer role.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/5/2015 10:42:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with four RBI Tuesday versus Cleveland.
Insight: He had a double and two-run homer, and is now hitting .320 with four home runs and 19 RBI this season.
Jason Vargas, SP5/5/2015 10:41:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas picked up a win Tuesday against the Indians.
Insight: He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out five over six innings of work. Vargas is now 3-1 with a 5.26 ERA.
Greg Holland, RP5/5/2015 5:15:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland (pectoral strain) is expected to be activated Tuesday, according to the Kansas City Star. Update: Holland will be activated on Wednesday.
Insight: That means Wade Davis will return to being the team's setup man despite being perfect in the closer's role.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot5/5/2015 10:48:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is 6-for-12 with four extra-base hits and a 1.500 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar.
Insight: Hosmer is hitting .313/.396/.490 with 15 RB, 15 runs and three homers in the first 25 games. We like the play on Tuesday.
Wade Davis, SPHot5/5/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis was perfect in the closer's role as a replacement for injured Greg Holland, but is expected to return to his normal setup role on Tuesday.
Insight: Davis has made 10 appearences this season and has yet to give up an earned run. He's yielded only four hits and struck out 11. He owns a 2-0 record with five saves , a 0.00 ERA and 0.500 WHIP.
Greg Holland, RP5/5/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland (pectoral strain) is expected to be activated Tuesday, according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: That means Wade Davis will return to being the team's setup man despite being perfect in the closer's role.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP5/3/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie was lit up by the Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: He allowed six runs on 11 hits over six innings. Guthrie struck out only one and now has a 6.52 ERA this season.
Billy Butler, DH5/3/2015 12:38:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: Mark Canha will DH, but Butler will be available to pinch hit.
Omar Infante, 2B5/3/2015 10:38:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is just 5-for-22 lifetime against Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: He has just one RBI against Sanchez, making him a very iffy option for Sunday afternoon.
Edinson Volquez, SP5/2/2015 9:14:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez gave two runs Saturday versus Detroit.
Insight: Volquez pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. He now has a 2.10 ERA this season.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/1/2015 5:41:00 PM
Description: The Royals have placed shortstop Alcides Escobar on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Escobar took a pitch in the cheek on Wednesday and hasn't played since then. The results of his concussion test are not back yet, but the club went ahead and put him on the DL anyway. Christian Colon will start for the Royals at second base until Escobar returns.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/1/2015 5:00:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar will not play again on Friday.
Insight: Escobar hasn't played since he left Wednesday's game after getting hit in the cheek with a fastball. The Royals hope he returns at some point over the weekend.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/1/2015 11:01:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was not in the lineup on Thursday and is doubtful for Friday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Escobar has a left cheek bruise, which he suffered when he took a pitch in the head on Wednesday. Luckily, it doesn't appear to be too serious. Alex Gordon will likely lead off for Kansas City until Escobar returns.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/30/2015 11:22:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had a two-run home run against the Tigers in the, 8-1, victory on Thursday.
Insight: That was Hosmer's third home run of the season as he went 1-for-4. He is hitting .310/.404/.488 with 15 RBI in 84 at-bats this season.
Danny Duffy, SP4/30/2015 11:19:00 PM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pitched seven solid innings, allowing just one run on seven hits in the, 8-1, victory over the Tigers on Thursday.
Insight: This was clearly Duffy best start of the season versus one of the best offenses in the league. He also had seven strikeouts and two walks. Duffy is 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA this season.
Alcides Escobar, SS4/30/2015 5:13:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is not in the lineup on Thursday against the Tigers.
Insight: Escobar has a left cheek bruise, which he suffered when he took a pitch in the head on Wednesday. Luckily, it doesn't appear to be too serious. Alex Gordon will lead off for Kansas City on Thursday.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/29/2015 9:26:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had a two-run home run against the Indians in the, 7-5, loss on Wednesday.
Insight: Hosmer went 1-for-4 in the game with the homer. It was his second round-tripper of the season. Hosmer is hitting .313 with two home runs and 13 RBI this season.
Alcides Escobar, SS4/29/2015 7:53:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar left Wednesday's game after getting hit in the head with a 96 mph fastball against the Indians according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Escobar was able to walk off the field on his own, but he left the game. It will be interesting to see if the Royals respond. Kansas City has already fought two American League clubs this season, which one of them stemmed from an injury.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/29/2015 10:47:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has just one hit in 11 at-bats against Danny Salazar, but the one was a homer.
Insight: Moustakas has gotten off to a hot start this season, so maybe he can break his rough trend against Cleveland's starter on Wednesday night.
Kendrys Morales, DH4/28/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales was 3-for-5 with four runs and three RBI in the, 11-5, victory over the Indians on Tuesday.
Insight: Morales hit a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Royals their first lead since the second inning. He also scored in the fourth, sixth and nine innings. Morales is hitting .321 with three home runs and 14 RBI this season.
Billy Butler, DH4/28/2015 3:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler has struggled versus Angels pitcher Jared Weaver in his career.
Insight: Butler is 11-for-63 (.175) against Weaver with 11 strikeouts. Butler is hitting .325 with a .887 OPS in 77 at-bats this season, so it is understandable if owners just want to start him anyway, but the matchup suggests he won't have a good game.
Jason Vargas, SP4/27/2015 8:34:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas went five innings Monday against the Indians.
Insight: He allowed two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out five. Vargas left in line for the win and now has a 5.95 ERA.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/27/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas had four hits Monday against Cleveland.
Insight: Moustakas also had two runs and one RBI in five at-bats. He has a solid .342/.419/.526 line with seven RBI so far this season.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot4/27/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a career .381 hitter with five extra-base hits and a 1.149 OPS against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Moustakas is off to a great start, hitting .310 with three home runs, six RBI and 14 runs scored. Apparently the No. 2 hole agrees with him. He batted mostly seventh and eighth last season.
Salvador Perez, C4/27/2015 11:08:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is just 2-for-16 with six strikeouts against Indians ace Corey Kluber.
Insight: Perez has looked good in the early going. He has a .314 BA with an .805 OPS and should be a solid catching option all season. Just not in Monday's matchup.
Edinson Volquez, SP4/26/2015 5:29:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez allowed five runs, but one only was earned Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Volquez went 5 2/3 innings alloowing five hits and two walks while striking out six. He has a solid 1.91 ERA this season.
Alex Gordon, LF4/26/2015 11:39:00 AM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon is just 6-for-34 versus White Sox pitcher John Danks.
Insight: Fantasy owners have to be disappointed with Gordon through the first three weeks of the season. He has sat out a lot of games and hasn't found his rhythm at the plate. Gordon is batting .239 with one home run in 46 at-bats.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/26/2015 11:36:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is 8-for-22 against White Sox pitcher John Danks in his career.
Insight: All eight of those hits are singles, but Hosmer is off to a good start in 2015, hitting .323 with one home run and 10 RBI. Make sure he is in the lineup on Sunday.
Edinson Volquez, SP4/25/2015 1:21:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez was handed a five-game suspension for his role in the brawl with the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Five games for a pitcher means he doesn't miss a start, just gets it pushed back. He is 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.
Lorenzo Cain, CF4/25/2015 1:16:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was given a two-game suspension for his actions in the brawl with the White Sox.
Insight: He could appeal and continue playing or take his medicine now. We will let you know which he chooses.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/25/2015 1:14:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura has been suspended for seven games after his latest altercation with the White Sox.
Insight: Ventura should only miss one start. He's 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 1.045 WHIP.
Lorenzo Cain, CF4/25/2015 10:55:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is just 1-for-14 with five strikeouts against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: With an 80 percent chance of rain at U.S. Cellular Field in addition to a strong wind blowing in from left field, it's probably a good idea to avoid anyone in this game, not just Cain. Update: Saturday's game was postponed due to rain.
Omar Infante, 2B4/24/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante will return to the lineup on Friday night.
Insight: He has not played since Sunday, but is ready to roll for Friday's contest. Infante should improve on his .250..244/.350 line quickly.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/23/2015 10:25:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura allowed two runs Thursday against the White Sox.
Insight: Ventura went seven innings and allowed those two runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out eight. He now owns a 4.09 ERA this season.
Omar Infante, 2B4/23/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is still questionable for Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox due to a strained left groin.
Insight: Infante is only hitting .250 this season, however, he had a nine-game hitting streak when we last saw him playing (Sunday).
Jeremy Guthrie, SP4/22/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed three runs Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: He did so over five innings and also gave up six hits and six walks, while striking out three. Guthrie has a 5.50 ERA so far this season.
Omar Infante, 2B4/22/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante has 15 singles in his career versus Twins starter Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: Infante is 16-for-39 (.410) against Pelfrey, but only one hit was extra bases. Infante is only hitting .250 this season, however, he has a nine-game hitting streak and went 2-for-2 in his last start on Sunday.
Billy Butler, DH4/22/2015 9:48:00 AM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler accounted for the Athletics' only run on Tuesday by hitting a solo home run in the, 14-1, loss to the Angels.
Insight: The Athletics only had five hits, and two of those belonged to Butler. He hit his solo bomb in the third. He is hitting .375 with two home runs and eight RBI in 56 at-bats this season.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/22/2015 9:18:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in the, 6-5, victory over the Twins on Tuesday.
Insight: Moustakas hit a two-run bomb in the fifth to give the Royals a two-run lead, and then the third baseman capped off an eighth inning rally with a single to score the winning run. Moustakas is off to a great start, hitting .327 with three home runs and five RBI.
Kelvin Herrera, RP4/21/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been suspended for five games after throwing at Brett Lawrie Sunday. Update: Herrera will appeal the suspension and can keep pitching until there is a decision on his appeal.
Insight: Herrera is another of the Royals' hard-throwing bullpen who averages a strikeout-per-inning, but he's only valuable to fantasy owners in leagues that accrue holds.
Kelvin Herrera, RP4/21/2015 3:45:00 PM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been suspended for five games after throwing at Brett Lawrie Sunday..
Insight: Herrera is another of the Royals' hard-throwing bullpen who averages a strikeout-per-inning, but he's only valuable to fantasy owners in leagues that accrue holds.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/21/2015 10:59:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is just 1-for-12 against Minnesota starter Tommy Milone.
Insight: Moustakas has started off the season batting .300 and scored 12 runs, but he's only knocked in two, both on home runs. Avoid this matchup.
Edinson Volquez, SP4/20/2015 11:00:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez pitched well again, allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings against the Twins on Monday.
Insight: Volquez has been impressive with the Royals this season. He is 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. Owners in standard leagues should give him a look.
Greg Holland, RP4/20/2015 5:13:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland is dealing with a Grade 1 pectoral strain according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: That means Holland should be ready to return after his stint on the 15-day DL is over. Wade Davis will be the team's closer for the time being.
Omar Infante, 2B4/20/2015 11:49:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is doubtful for Monday's game against Minnesota due to a strained left groin.
Insight: The Royals added Orlando Calixte from the minors to help their middle infield depth, but neither batter holds much value for fantasy owners.
Alcides Escobar, SS4/20/2015 11:48:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota due to a sprained left knee.
Insight: Escobar had not missed a game since 2013 and has averaged 158 games per season over the past four years, so missing two games and possible more is obviously a rarity. Christian Colon is his replacement, but has no fantasy value.
Billy Butler, DH4/18/2015 9:46:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler had an RBI Saturday versus Kansas City.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with a run ascored as well. Butler has a solid .362 BA so far this season.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/18/2015 9:12:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura was ejected Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: He intentionally threw at Brett Lawrie in the fourth and was immediately thrown out. Venturea went 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/17/2015 11:15:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI in the, 6-4, victory over the Athletics on Friday.
Insight: Hosmer is off to a great start this season. With the three hits, he raised his average to .302. He also had nine RBI.
Lorenzo Cain, CF4/16/2015 4:45:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and home run against the Twins on Thursday.
Insight: Cain hit a two-run homer in the first inning and then drove in another run on a double in the ninth. Cain finished with three runs and three RBI. He is off to a great start this season, hitting .429 with two home runs and 11 RBI in nine games.
Alex Gordon, LF4/16/2015 10:41:00 AM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon will sit on Thursday afternoon when Kansas City faces Minnesota and Tommy Milone.
Insight: Royals manager Ned Yost had said that Gordon would sit in some day games after a night game and here we are again as he sat last Thursday as well. Gordon is a career .252 hitter against left-handers vs. .275 against right-handers.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/16/2015 10:37:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is hitless in nine at-bats against Twins left-hander Tommy Milone.
Insight: Moustakas has started off the season batting .379 through eight games and will bat second, but should probably be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Billy Butler, DH4/15/2015 9:21:00 AM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler had an RBI during Tuesday's win against the Astros.
Insight: Butler is off to a good start with his new team, as he owns a .371/.421/.543 line with six RBIs.
Jarrod Dyson, CF4/14/2015 12:09:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson should see more playing time with starter Alex Rios sidelined by a broken left hand.
Insight: Dyson can add runs scored and stolen bases for fantasy owners, but carries a mediocre batting average and below par OPS for the outfield position. He'll likely also share the time with Paulo Orlando.
Alex Rios, RF4/14/2015 12:06:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Rios has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.
Insight: Rios was hit on the left hand Monday night and left the game. He's off to a fast start after a disappointing season in Texas. This is going to put his comeback on hold. Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando should ba a platoon in Rios' absence.
Alex Rios, RF4/14/2015 10:49:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Rios is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Minnesota due to a bruised left hand.
Insight: Rios was hit on the left hand Monday night and left the game. He's off to a fast start after a disappointing season in Texas.
Kendrys Morales, DH4/13/2015 7:12:00 PM
Description: Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales hit his second homer of the season Monday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Morales continued his hot start and now has five RBIs and a .414/.500/.724 line through seven games this season.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/13/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura struck out seven on Sunday afternoon, but left with a right calf cram.
Insight: Ventura went 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Hopefully it isn't anything that will linger and he'll be ready to go next Saturday.
Billy Butler, DH4/12/2015 7:36:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler went 3-for-4 on Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: Butler had a double and a run scored. He has a .407/.467/.481 line early this season.
Salvador Perez, C4/12/2015 6:33:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit his third homer of the season Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Perez has looked good in the early going. He has a .417 BA and should be a solid catching option all season.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/12/2015 6:04:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura struck out seven on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Ventura went 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. He could be an under-the-radar star in 2015.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/12/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is a lifetime .182 hitter against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Hosmer has been hitting well this first week, but it might be wise to sit him on Sunday. He has just two singles in 11 at-bats against Wilson in his career.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/10/2015 11:08:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is hitless in nine at-bats against Angels left-hander Hector Santiago.
Insight: Moustakas has started off the season batting .300 in the opening series, but should probably be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Salvador Perez, C4/9/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit his first homer of the season during Thursday's win over the White Sox.
Insight: Perez went 1-for-3 and is hitting .455 on the young season.
Greg Holland, RP4/9/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the White Sox.
Insight: It was his second save in as many days. Holland is arguably the best closer in the American League.
Edinson Volquez, SP4/9/2015 4:48:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez did his job in his team debut.
Insight: He needed just 95 pitches to go eight innings. Volquez allowed only one run on four hits and one walk, while striking out five. He left the game with a 4-1 lead, and could make for a low-risk, high-reward type of option this season.
Alex Gordon, LF4/9/2015 12:08:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon will sit on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Royals manager Ned Yost had said that Gordon would sit in some day games after a night game and this is proof. Replacement Paulo Orlando will add speed for the Royals lineup. He batted .301 with 34 steals at Triple-A Omaha last season.
Paulo Orlando, CF4/9/2015 12:04:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando will get the Thursday start in left field.
Insight: More speed for the Royals lineup. He batted .301 with 34 steals at Triple-A Omaha last season. Alex Gordon will sit in a day game after a night game.
Lorenzo Cain, CF4/9/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is hitless in 11 at-bats against White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Insight: The best I can tell you is that he's walked twice. He batted .301 last season with 28 steals, but should be avoided on Thursday despite starting the season 4-for-8 with a home run.
Alcides Escobar, SS4/9/2015 10:16:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is an ugly 1-for-18 (.056) with six strikeouts versus White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Insight: Escobar pit together a nice 2014 season, batting .285 with 74 runs scored and 31 steals as he played in all 162 games. He's started the season strong with five hits in nine at-bats, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Salvador Perez, C4/8/2015 11:44:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is 10-for-30 with six extra-base hits and six RBI in his career versus White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana.
Insight: Two of those extra-base hits were home runs for Perez. The Royals catcher hit a career-low .260 last season, but he have a career-high 17 home runs. Look for the catcher to hit for a better average with fewer homers this season.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/6/2015 7:17:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura allowed just one run in six innings in the victory over the White Sox on Opening Day.
Insight: Ventura allowed just four hits with the run coming off the bat of Jose Abreu, who hit a solo home run. Ventura also had two strikeouts and one walk.
Alex Rios, RF4/6/2015 7:11:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Rios had three hits in his Kansas City regular season debut on Monday.
Insight: Rios had two singles and then capped off the day with a three-run homer in the seventh. He was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in his first game at Kauffman Stadium as a member of the Royals.
Alex Rios, RF3/26/2015 2:14:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Rios will miss the next few days due to a jammed thumb.
Insight: Rios is a solid fantasy option who could put up 20-20 type numbers though his home run total dropped significantly last season. His average season over the last five years is .275 with 16 HR, 71 RBI, 74 runs and 25 steals.
Alex Gordon, LF3/16/2015 4:44:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon (wrist) took six at-bats against minor leagues on Monday afternoon.
Insight: He has yet to play in a Cactus League game, but should be ready to roll shortly. Gordon is not in danger of missing Opening Day as of now.
Tim Collins, RP3/12/2015 11:53:00 AM
Description: Royals reliever Tim Collins went see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday and had Tommy John surgery on his elbow yesterday.
Insight: He'll obviously miss the entire 2015 season. As a middle reliever, Collins had little to no fantasy value. He was 0-3 last season with a 3.86 ERA and 1.381 WHIP in 22 relief appearances.
Alex Gordon, LF3/11/2015 1:10:00 PM
Description: Royals manager Ned Yost said he hopes right fielder Alex Gordon will begin receiving at-bats in minor-league games next week according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Gordon had wrist surgery in January. His recovery has gone well, and Gordon began hitting off a tee this week. The next step would be game action.
Tim Collins, RP3/10/2015 12:03:00 PM
Description: Royals reliever Tim Collins will see Dr. James Andrews concerning his left elbow.
Insight: That's never a good thing and his injured ulnar collateral ligament could be headed for Tommy John surgery. As a middle reliever, Collins had little to no fantasy value.
Alex Gordon, LF3/9/2015 2:40:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Gordon (right wrist surgery) is scheduled to take batting practice for the first time on Tuesday.
Insight: Gordon underwent extensor retinaculum repair in january He's a four-time Gold Glove winner who batted .266 with 19 HR, -74 RBI, 87 runs and stole 12 bases. He's capable of more.
Luke Hochevar, SP3/9/2015 2:28:00 PM
Description: Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar underwent Tommy John surgery one year ago and he threw live batting practice Monday.
Insight: Hochevar, the 2006 first-overall pick, can be a solid reliever when he returns but has limited value with fantasy stud Greg Holland in the closer's role.
Brandon Finnegan, RP3/5/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: The Royals have not yet decided what roll to give young pitcher Brandon Finnegan.
Insight: As a 21-year-old, Finnegan stormed onto the scene, pitching some important relief innings in the Wild Card Game versus the Athletics and then in other key spots on the way to Game 7 of the World Series. At first, Kansas City's plan was to have Finnegan return to the minor and begin training to become a starter, but apparently there is now a chance the organization keeps him a relief pitcher. For now, Finnegan is not fantasy relevant in redraft leagues, but he is worth watching.
Alex Gordon, LF2/23/2015 1:55:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Gordon (right wrist surgery) has been cleared to threw and take 15 swings Tuesday.
Insight: Gordon underwent extensor retinaculum repair in january He's a four-time Gold Glove winner who batted .266 with 19 HR, -74 RBI, 87 runs and stole 12 bases. He's capable of more and this wrist injury, which may have happened back in July, could have been the culprit. He could be ready for Opening Day.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot2/18/2015 7:57:00 PM
Description: First baseman Eric Hosmer and the Royals agreed to a two-year, $13.9 million contract according to MLB.com.
Insight: The two sides avoided arbitration with this deal. Hosmer underachieved in the 2014 regular season, hitting .270 with nine home runs and 58 RBI in 503 at-bats, but he played very well in the playoffs. Hopefully, he can carry that streak into 2015.
Alex Gordon, LF1/2/2015 10:35:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Gordon had right wrist surgery, but is expected to be ready for the regular season, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Gordon underwent extensor retinaculum repair. He's a four-time Gold Glove winner who batted .266 with 19 HR, -74 RBI, 87 runs and stole 12 bases. He's capable of more and this wrist injury, which may have happened back in July, could be the culprit.
Alex Rios, RF12/19/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: The Royals have signed outfielder Alex Rios to a one-year $11 million contract.
Insight: The deal has a mutual option for 2016, and would be worth $12.5. Rios will be 34-years-old at the start of the season, but he could be worth a look later in drafts.
Billy Butler, DH11/1/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: The Royals have declined the 2015 option on 1B/DH Billy Butler.
Insight: Butler would like to return to Kansas City, but will be seeking a multi-year deal as a free agent. The Royals preferred to pay the $1 million buyout, as opposed to picking up a $12.5 option. Butler hit .266 in 2014, with nine homers and 66 RBI.
Mike Moustakas, 3B10/29/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will hit eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.
Insight: Moustakas hit eighth for the first time in the postseason in Game 6 and rewarded his manager with an RBI-double and solo home run.The Royals lineup is the same as it was in Game 6.
Omar Infante, 2B10/29/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is 6-for-27 (.222) in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Infante has faced Hudson the most out of any hitter in the Royals lineup. Alex Gordon is the only batter with a home run off Hudson.
Mike Moustakas, 3B10/29/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was 2-for-4 with a double and home run in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Moustakas' double scored the first run of the game in the second. He later scored in the seven-run inning. He also hit a home run off Hunter Strickland in the seventh.
Lorenzo Cain, CF10/29/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with two walks, three RBI and a run scored as Kansas City beat San Francisco, 10-0, in Game 6 of the World Series.
Insight: Cain had a two-RBI single in the second to break the game open and an RBI-double to add an insurance run in the third. Cain was one of six Royals hitters to have two hits in Game 6.
Alcides Escobar, SS10/29/2014 9:05:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was 2-for-5 with a run and RBI in Game 6 against the Giants.
Insight: Escobar beat out an infield single in the second inning to load the bases. He hit a ground ball to Brandon Belt at first base, but Belt looked the runner back to third base too long and Escobar beat Belt to first. After another hit, Giants starter Jake Peavy was chased from the game. Escobar's other hit was an RBI-double in the fifth.
Yordano Ventura, SP10/29/2014 8:56:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched seven shutout innings in Game 6 of the World Series to help Kansas City force Game 7.
Insight: Ventura seemed extra focus pitching in memory of his late-friend, Oscar Tavares. Ventura wasn't completely sharp as he did walk five batters, but he allowed just three hits. A seven-run second inning certainly helped as well.Game 7 is Wednesday.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP10/28/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Royals manager Ned Yost announced Jeremy Guthrie will start a potential Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Insight: Guthrie allowed two runs over five-plus innings in Game 3 last Friday. It will be all hands on deck after Guthrie.
Mike Moustakas, 3B10/28/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will bat eighth in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: It is a slight change as Moustakas batted ninth in most all previous playoff lineups that included the designated hitter. Billy Butler and Nori Aoki will return to their usual spots in the lineup and Omar Infante will bat ninth.
Norichika Aoki, RF10/27/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki and Billy Butler will return to the starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Aoki and Butler did not start in Games 3, 4, and 5 which were in San Francisco. Manager Ned Yost wanted a faster outfielder with the biggest area to cover in AT&T Park and played Jarrod Dyson instead of Aoki. Butler sat without the designated hitter in the National League ballpark.
James Shields, SP10/26/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields will look to rebound from a poor Game 1 outing.
Insight: He lasted only three innings in Game 1, and will need to pitch like an ace if Kansas City wants to return home with a lead in the series. Shields will be opposed by Giants go-to guy Madison Bumgarner, so he will need to bring his A-game.
Norichika Aoki, RF10/26/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki should continue to be out of the lineup, Sunday night against the Giants.
Insight: He has the most experience against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, but is 0-for-13 lifetime against him. Jarrod Dyson will most likely be back in the lineup, after going 1-for-3 with a walk in Game 4.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot10/26/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had another three hits Saturday night to raise his postseason average to .386.
Insight: After a mediocre regular season, Hosmer has been one of the Royals best hitters.
Jarrod Dyson, CF10/25/2014 3:54:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth, again, in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
Insight: Ned Yost is sticking with the same lineup that won Game 3 in San Francisco on Friday. We would too. The added defense paid huge dividends, and Alex Gordon came through with a huge hit in the No. 2 spot.
Omar Infante, 2B10/25/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is 7-for-11 in his career against Giants Game 4 starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Norichika Aoki and Josh Willingham are the only other Royals with at-bats against Vogelsong and neither were in the starting lineup for Game 3. Infante also has two stolen bases with Vogelsong on the mound.
Brandon Finnegan, RP10/25/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Royals 21-year-old Brandon Finnegan struck out both hitters he faced in the seventh to keep the Giants off the scoreboard.
Insight: Kansas City was clinging to a one-run lead when Ned Yost elected to pull Kelvin Herrera for the lefty Finnegan against two left-handed hitters for the Giants. Finnegan rewarded his manager with two strikeouts. The Royals won, 3-2.
Alex Gordon, LF10/25/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Royals manager Ned Yost made the right decision to move Alex Gordon to the second spot in the order.
Insight: Gordon went 1-for-4 and his one hit was a double that scored Escobar in the sixth inning. He then scored on Eric Hosmer's single, and the Royals won Game 3 of the World Series, 3-2.
Alcides Escobar, SS10/25/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs in Game 3 of the World Series Friday.
Insight: Escobar led off the game with a double on the first pitch. He scored on Eric Hosmer's grounder. Then in the sixth, he had a one-out single and scored on Alex Gordon's double. Escobar was the only player with either team with two hits in Game 3. Kansas City won, 3-2, and leads the series, 2-1.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP10/25/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five-plus innings and allowed two runs on four hits in the Game 3 victory over the Giants in the World Series Friday night.
Insight: Guthrie only threw 77 pitches, but Ned Yost went to his bullpen when his starter allowed the first two hitters to reach base in the sixth. Two runs scored in the inning, but Kelvin Herrera did not permit the tying run to score, and Kansas City won, 3-2.
Jarrod Dyson, CF10/24/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
Insight: In the big AT&T Park, Royals manager Ned Yost went with his best defensive lineup. Lorenzo Cain moves to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. Alex Gordon will bat second, and Mike Moustakas will hit fifth.
Alcides Escobar, SS10/22/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar will lead off in Game 2 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.
Insight: Escobar has led off every playoff game for the Royals, and Ned Yost is not changing his lineup despite the Game 1 loss on Tuesday.
Yordano Ventura, SP10/22/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura heads into Game 2 pitching somewhat inconsistently during the postseason.
Insight: He has pitched in three games during the 2014 Playoffs, and Kansas City has won each game Venura has thrown in. However, during his two starts, Ventura has had one good outing, and one subpar outing. During the ALDS he went seven strong innings, allowing only one run on five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Ventura's start in Game 2 of the ALCS was not as good, as he went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Overall he is 0-0 with a 4.85 ERA, over 13.0 innings of work.
Alcides Escobar, SS10/22/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar could be line for a big Game 2 against Giants starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: He is 9-for-22 (.409 BA) lifetime against Peavy, with two homers, one triple, and eight RBI. Escobar has also stolen two bases against San Francisco's Game 2 starter. If you are still doing daily fantasy baseball, Escobar is a great option on Wednesday night.
Alex Gordon, LF10/22/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .357 hitter (10-for-28) against San Francisco's Game 2 starter, Jake Peavy.
Insight: Three of those hits are extra-base hits, including one home run. Gordon also has five RBI against Peavy during his career, and the Royals could use all the help they can get after getting completely dominated in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.
Billy Butler, DH10/22/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler has great career-numbers against Giants pitcher Jake Jeavy.
Insight: He is a lifetime .424 hitter (14-for-33) against Peavy, with three home runs and eight RBI. If Kansas City wants to even the series, Butler may be the guy to help kickstart them in Game 2, on Wednesday night.
Salvador Perez, C10/22/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit a home run in Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: It was the only offense Kansas City was able to muster all night, as the team only accumulated four hits. They will look to get back on track Wednesday for Game 2.
James Shields, SP10/22/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields lasted only three innings of Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: He gave up three runs right away in the first inning, and just could not get ahead of hitters. Shields allowed five runs, on seven hits and one walk, and had only one strikeout. He will start a potential Game 5.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP10/21/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the world Series.
Insight: Jason Vargas will get the nod in Game 4. Guthrie will face off against Tim Hudson, and also be in like to start a potential Game 7.
Yordano Ventura, SP10/18/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday according to royals.com.
Insight: Ventura left Game 2 of the ALCS with right shoulder tightness, but the Royals are confident he is ready to go. He has a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings this postseason.
James Shields, SP10/18/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields will start Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: Manager Ned Yost made the announcement on Saturday, and it should come as no surprise. Yordano Ventura will get the nod in Game 2, and will likely be followed by Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.
Greg Holland, RP10/15/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland selaed the deal for Kansas City in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Insight: He saved all four games of the series, and has six saves throughout the entire postseason. Kansas City's biggest strength is their bullpen, and they head into the World Series, yet to lose a game in the playoffs.
Jason Vargas, SP10/15/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas pitched the Royals into the World Series.
Insight: He gave up only one run over 5 1/3 innings of work, while allowing two hits and three walks. Vargas struck out six Orioles, and will most likely start Game 4 of the Fall Classic.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot10/15/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is batting clean up in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Insight: With the Royals on the verge of its first World Series trip in nearly 30 years, manager Ned Yost is not changing a thing. He is sticking with the exact same lineup that has won the first seven playoff games this postseason.
Salvador Perez, C10/15/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: In the Royals lineup, catcher Salvador Perez has had the most success against Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: No one on the Royals has more than 10 at-bats against Gonzalez in their career, but in a small sample size, Perez is 4-for-9 with a home run. Outfielder Norichika Aoki is 1-for-3 versus Gonzalez, however, everyone else that has faced him is hitting below .200.
Greg Holland, RP10/15/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland made quick work of the Orioles in the top of the ninth in Game 3 of the ALCS for his third save of the playoffs.
Insight: It took Holland just six pitches to put the Orioles down in order. It was even more impressive given the fact Holland faced Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and Steve Pierce. The perfect ninth just put a exclamation point on a superb performance from the Royals pitching staff. Kansas City retired the last 17 batters of the game and did not allow a hit after the third inning.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP10/15/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five strong innings, allowing one run on three hits in the Game 3 victory over the Orioles.
Insight: Two of the three hits Guthrie allowed came in the second, and Baltimore scored on J.J. Hardy's double. Nick Markakis led off the third with a single and that was the final Orioles hit of the game. Kansas City is one win away from its first World Series appearance in three decades.
Lorenzo Cain, CF10/15/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles.
Insight: Cain scored on Alex Gordon's ground-ball out in the fourth inning. That tied the game at one. The Royals scored again in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and won, 2-1.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP10/13/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie put together an average season, going 13-11 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.303 WHIP.
Insight: He was 0-1 in two starts with a 3.60 ERA and 1.067 WHIP against Baltimore this season. Weather could delay or cancel the game this evening.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot10/13/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is 7-for-17 (.444) with a pair of home runs against Orioles left-hander Wei-Tin Chen.
Insight: Hosmer only had 58 RBI in 131 games during the regular season and has two homers and seven RBI in 23 postseason at-bats.
Billy Butler, DH10/13/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs and a 1.474 OPS against Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: It's a great matchup, but there are questions if the weather will allow this one to be played.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot10/11/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit his fourth home run of the postseason.
Insight: The .212 hitter during the regular season has gotten hot at just the right time, batting .318 in the playoffs with four homers and five RBI.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot10/11/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer knocked in two runs Saturday night to bring his 2014 playoff total to seven through six games.
Insight: Hosmer only had 58 RBI in 131 games during the regular season. Talk about getting hot at the right time.
Greg Holland, RP10/11/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach the plate, but finished off the Orioles for his second save of the series..
Insight: Baltimore's Nelson Cruz singled with two outs, but Steve Pearce struck out. Holland has gone 178 inning (June 2012) without yielding a home run with a runner on base.
Billy Butler, DH10/11/2014 3:11:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is the designated hitter and batting fifth in Game 2 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with the exact same lineup for the sixth straight postseason game. Why not? Kansas City has won the first five.
Greg Holland, RP10/11/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach base in the 10th, but Holland did eventually close the door on the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Insight: Baltimore did all their damage with two outs. Ryan Flaherty hit a single, Jimmy Paredes walked and then Delmon Young singled to score Flaherty from second. Holland then retired Nick Markakis on a ground out to end the game.
Eric Hosmer, 1B10/11/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer does not have a hit in his career against Orioles starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Hosmer has just five at-bats against Norris, but has yet to reach base against him. It will be tough taking him out of any playoff fantasy lineups, however, as he has been one of the best Royals hitters this postseason.
James Shields, SP10/11/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James "Big Game" Shields is not really living up to his name this postseason.
Insight: This is Shields' third outing for the Royals this playoffs and for the second time he failed to go past the fifth inning. He gave up four runs on 10 hits and walked a batter against Baltimore on Friday. Shields, however, is 1-0 in those three starts and Kansas City has won all three games.
Alcides Escobar, SS10/11/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit a solo home run in the third inning to help Kansas City take a 4-0 lead and ultimately win Game 1 of the ALCS.
Insight: Escobar's homer was the first of three Kansas City would hit on Friday. The Royals hit two in the 10th and held on to win, 8-6. Escobar was 1-for-5 with a walk in the game.
Mike Moustakas, 3B10/11/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit a home run in his second consecutive postseason game to help lift the Royals past the Orioles, 8-6, in extra innings of Game 1 in the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Left fielder Alex Gordon smashed a solo home run to give Kansas City a one-run advantage in the 10th, and Moustakas added two insurance runs on his home run three at-bats later. Moustakas' homer proved to be the game-winner as Baltimore did rally to score a run in the bottom of the inning. After finishing dead last with 95 home runs during the regular season, Kansas City leads the playoffs with seven bombs.
Alex Gordon, LF10/11/2014 9:06:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the 10th inning to lift Kansas City over Baltimore, 8-6, in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Gordon's home run broke a 5-5 tie in the 10th, but the Orioles came back to score in the bottom of the inning, so it was actually Mike Moustakas' two-run blast three at-bats after Gordon's solo shot that won the game. Gordon also had a bases-clearing double in the third on a broke-bat flair down the right field line. He is batting .316 with eight RBI in five postseason games.
Danny Duffy, SP10/10/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy, along with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie, will be available out of the bullpen for Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: With the weather forecast calling for rain, it is a good idea for both teams to have a lot of arms in the bullpen in case of a delay.
Billy Butler, DH10/10/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is the designated hitter and batting fifth in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Royals manager Ned Yost is using the exact same lineup he had in all three games of the ALDS. They will face Orioles starter Chris Tillman.
James Shields, SP10/10/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James "Big Game" Shields went 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.071 WHIP in two starts versus the Orioles.
Insight: Shields beat the Orioles 3-2 back in April and 6-3 in May going seven innings in both outings.
Alex Gordon, LF10/10/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is just 3-for-13 (.231) against Baltimore Game 1 ALCS starter Chris Tillman, but two of the three hits were home runs.
Insight: Gordon put together another solid season, batting .266 with 19 HR, 74 RBI and 87 runs scored.
Omar Infante, 2B10/9/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante may need right shoulder surgery after the season.
Insight: This shouldn't at all affect his status for the playoffs. Infante has been playing the whole season with soreness in his shoulder. The pain got much worse after the All-Star break. Infante will determine after the postseason whether or not he will need the surgery.
Kelvin Herrera, RP10/5/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (forearm) is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Herrera has a slight flexor strain in his right forearm that he suffered in Game 1 of the ALDS. He did not pitch in the 11 innings of Game 2, but the Royals appear willing to pitch Herrera on Game 3.
Eric Hosmer, 1B10/5/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer may have a tougher time at the plate on Sunday than he has so far in the ALDS against the Angels.
Insight: Hosmer went 3-for-4 with the go-ahead home run in the 11th inning as the Royals took a 2-0 series lead on Friday. However, against Angels Game 3 starter C.J. Wilson, Hosmer is 2-for-11 in his career.
Omar Infante, 2B10/5/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante is 7-for-15 (.467) in his career against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Two of Infante's seven hits are doubles, and he also has two RBI. The Royals will try to sweep the Angels on Sunday and win their first postseason series since 1985.
Yordano Ventura, SP10/4/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura redeemed himself on Friday night.
Insight: After giving up a three-run homer to Brandon Moss on Tuesday, Ventura came out and pitched a gem. He went seven innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Ventura has some nasty stuff, and it was on display Friday against the Angels.
Eric Hosmer, 1B10/4/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer played the role of hero in Friday night's win over Los Angeles.
Insight: He hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the 11th inning, with one out. Hosmer finished the night going 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Kansas City takes a 2-0 series lead back home, to try and close it out on Sunday.
Yordano Ventura, SP10/3/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Royals Game 2 starter Yordano Ventura was an excellent 8-3 on the road this season.
Insight: Ventura's WHIP is a bit high this season (1.295) due to 69 walks in 183 IP, but he's gotten away with it in the regular season and kept his ERA at a solid 3.20.
Lorenzo Cain, CF10/3/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain is 4-for-6 with a couple of extra-base hits versus Angels Game 2 starter Matt Shoemaker.
Insight: Small sample size for sure, but worth noting. Shoemaker posted an excellent 16-4 record this season, but hasn't pitched since Sept. 15.
Raul Ibanez, DH10/2/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Royals designated hitter Raul Ibanez is a career .417 hitter (15-for-36) with four home runs versus Angels Game 1 starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: The 42-year-old saw just seven official at-bats in all of September and likely won't be in the lineup, but if he's thrown in there he does have a favorable history.
Yordano Ventura, SP10/1/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Angels.
Insight: Even after giving up a three-run homer to Brandon Moss during Tuesday's Wild Card Game, the Royals are showing confidence in the 23-year-old. Jason Vargas will start Game 1 in Los Angeles.
Lorenzo Cain, CF10/1/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain was 2-for-6 with two RBI, two runs and a stolen base against the Athletics on Tuesday in the American League Wild Card game.
Insight: Cain doubled to start the scoring in the third and singled to begin the rally in the eighth. In both frames, he came around to score. Cain also had the second of five Kansas City steals in the eighth and ninth innings. The Royals will begin their series against the Angels on Thursday.
Billy Butler, DH10/1/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the American League Wild Card game against the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: Butler singled in the bottom of the first to drive in a run and then singled in the eighth to help Kansas City rally to close the deficit and eventually tie the game the next inning. The Royals will play the Angels in the ALDS starting on Friday.
Eric Hosmer, 1B10/1/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs to lead the Royals past the Athletics, 9-8, in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Hosmer's RBI put Kansas City ahead in the third. One of his runs came in the eighth inning rally and the other tied the game in the bottom of the 12th.
James Shields, SP10/1/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields allowed four runs over five plus innings in the Royals' 9-8 thrilling victory over the Athletics in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields tossed up a two-run bomb to Brandon Moss four batters into the game, but he settled down nicely to have a couple 1-2-3 innings. He started the sixth, but manager Ned Yost took him out after Shields allowed a single and walk to start the inning. Relief starting pitcher Yordano Ventura then gave up another home run to Moss and officially closed the book on Shields. Kansas City rallied in the eighth, ninth and 12th to win, 9-8. Shields expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
Salvador Perez, C10/1/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 12th to finish off the Athletics and cap off a dramatic Kansas City comeback to defeat Oakland, 9-8, in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Perez was 0-for-5 before the single down the third baseline that scored Christian Colon with two outs. Perez had a chance to drive in the tying run from third base in the eighth with one out and failed to deliever but came through in the 12th. Kansas City advances to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS.
James Shields, SP9/30/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields gave up three earned runs in each of his last three outings (0-1 with two no-decisions), so isn't coming into the playoff game throwing his best.
Insight: Shields was 1-0 in two starts against Oakland this season with a 3.21 ERA and stunning 0.857 WHIP.
Billy Butler, DH9/30/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is a career .143 hitter against Oakland starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Butler has struck out 11 times and walked five times in 33 plate appearances. Of the Royals possible DHs, Raul Ibanez (.333) has the best batting average against Lester.
Alex Gordon, LF9/30/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has a history of strulling against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester, batting just .160 for his career with 10 strikeouts in 26 plate appearances.
Insight: Gordon put together another solid season, batting .266 with 19 HR, 74 RBI and 87 runs scored, but its a tough matchup for him.
Jayson Nix, SS9/30/2014 11:31:00 AM
Description: Don't be surprised if IF Jayson Nix finds his way into the starting lineup against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: The utility infielder has done nothing all season, batting just 120 between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the Royals, but he's a career .308 hitter (8-for-26) with three home runs in their matchups.
Alcides Escobar, SS9/27/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitless in 15 at-bats against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Escobar ison a seven-game hitting streak, but faces a tough assignment. He's hitting .283, with three homers and 51 RBI, to go along with his 31 stolen bases.
Billy Butler, DH9/24/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler knocks in three, in loss to Cleveland.
Insight: He flied out, as he was the tying run at the plate, to end the game. However, Butler had two hits, including his 62nd, 63rd, and 64th RBI of 2014.
Yordano Ventura, SP9/23/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched seven shutout innings, allowed four hits, struck out six and walked four as Kansas City beat Cleveland, 7-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Ventura has had trouble with his control all season as he has not pitched a start without a walk since July 20, but other than that, his season has been solid. The 23-year-old is 14-10 with a 3.07 ERA in 179 innings this year. He is also 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA over his last six starts.
Billy Butler, DH9/23/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored against the Indians on Tuesday.
Insight: Butler has struggled overall in September, but is 5-for-12 in his last three games. He is hitting .267 with 39 extra-base hits and 61 RBI this year.
Alex Gordon, LF9/23/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored two runs as the Royals defeated the Indians, 7-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Gordon has been struggling a bit lately with just one hit over his last 19 at-bats, so it was nice to see him break out. Overall, Gordon has really slumped in September, hitting just .149/.278/.239 in the month.
Danny Duffy, SP9/22/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pitched six shutout innings, allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two to defeat the Indians, 2-0.
Insight: It was Duffy's first start since his one pitch outing against the Yankees on Sept. 6. His return is just in time as Kansas City makes its final push at the wild card and division title. Duffy is 9-11 with a 2.32 ERA in 147 1/3 innings this year.
Billy Butler, DH9/22/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) with a pair of home runs against Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: Butler has struggled in September, batting just .138 over his last 29 at-bats.
Greg Holland, RP9/21/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland locks down 43rd save of season.
Insight: The entire bullpen came up huge for Kansas City, as they went 3 2/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Holland sealed the deal with a perfect ninth and two strikeouts along the way. He is an elite option at the closer position.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP9/21/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie is good enough to earn 12th victory.
Insight: He went 5 1/3 innings allowing two runs (one earned), while striking out two. Guthrie is now 12-11 with a 4.28 ERA, but more importantly kept the Royals alive in their fight for a division title.
Billy Butler, DH9/21/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) with a pair of home runs against Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: Butler has struggled in September, batting just .138 over his last 29 at-bats.
Alcides Escobar, SS9/20/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has four hit day in loss to Tigers.
Insight: He was 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Escobar is having a productive year from the leadoff spot, hitting .280, with three homers and 48 RBI, to go along with his 31 stolen bases.
James Shields, SP9/20/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields took a tough loss Saturday afternoon against Detroit.
Insight: He pitched extremely well, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, while striking out six. Unfortunately, Shields was matched up against Max Scherzer, who was slightly better. He heads into his next start with a 14-8 record and a 3.18 ERA.
Lorenzo Cain, CF9/20/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain has put together a surprisingly good season, but should not be in fantasy lineups Saturday against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Cain has hit .299 with 25 steals this season, but he's hitless in 15 at-bats against Scherzer with seven strikeouts. Update: No surprise, Cain is not in the lineup.
Lorenzo Cain, CF9/20/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain has put together a surprisingly good season, but should not be in fantasy lineups Saturday against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Cain has hit .299 with 25 steals this season, but he's hitless in 15 at-bats against Scherzer with seven strikeouts.
Alex Gordon, LF9/20/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a .389 career hitter (14-for-36) with three home runs against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Not many players can say they own a 1.261 OPS versus last year's Cy Young Award winner. Gordon's numbers are down from his 2011-12 days, but he's still a productive outfielder at .268, 19 HR, 70 RBI, 83 runs scored and a favorable matchup.
Josh Willingham, LFCold9/19/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Josh Willingham is just a .150 hitter (3-for-20) against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Willingham missed time recently with a slight intercostal strain, but is 0-for-6 in his last three games He is hitting .221 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 290 at-bats.
Salvador Perez, C9/19/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is a career 14-for-33 (.424) with 10 RBI against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Perez has a career-high 16 home runs, however, he's batting just .260 which is 26 points below his lifetime batting average.
Billy Butler, DH9/17/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler will have wide eyes, when Kansas City takes on the White Sox and Chris Sale on Wednesday night.
Insight: He is a career .359 hitter (14-for-39) against Sale, with three homeruns and 10 RBI. Make sure Butler is in your lineup tonight.
Mike Moustakas, 3B9/15/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Moustakas has a bad history versus John Danks (1-for-13), so this isn't a surprise. Jayson Nix will get the start at the hot corner. Nix and his .130 batting average has no fantasy value.
Alcides Escobar, SS9/15/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitless in 13 at-bats against Whites Sox hurler John Danks with five strikeouts.
Insight: Escobar is hitting .275 with 46 RBI, 67 runs and 30 steals on the year, but is an extremely unfavorable matchup and should be avoided. Update: Escobar is in the starting lineup.
James Shields, SPHot9/15/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields has pitched like an ace all season, and has even taken his game to another level, lately.
Insight: He has been almost unhittable during his previous three starts (2-0, 0.40 ERA and 0.54 WHIP). Plug him into your lineup with confidence, as Kansas City continues their playoff push.
Alex Gordon, LF9/15/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is just a .172 career hitter (5-for-29) versus White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Insight: Gordon has broken out of his slump over the past two days with multi-hit games, but is still batting just .193 over the past four weeks and is in an unfavorable matchup. Avoid him Monday.
Danny Duffy, SP9/14/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (shoulder) felt no pain during a light bullpen session according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Duffy remains hopefully to start on Tuesday against the White Sox. In order for that to happen, doctors still need to clear him. Duffy left his last start with shoulder discomfort after just one pitch.
Norichika Aoki, RF9/14/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki is an impressive .538 career hitter against Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.
Insight: Aoki is 7-for-13 and had three doubles against Kelly. Aoki went 2-for-4 on Saturday. He should be in your lineup on Sunday.
Alex Gordon, LF9/14/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a RBI-double and scored twice as the Royals beat the Red Sox, 7-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon broke out of his slump as the left fielder came into the game hitless in his last 20 at-bats. He still was getting on base during that stretch though with six walks. Gordon is batting .269 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI this year.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP9/14/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched eight innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits to defeat the Red Sox on Saturday, 7-1.
Insight: It was a nice bounceback appearance for Guthrie, who gave up six earned runs on 10 hits in just two and 2/3 innings on Monday against Detroit. Guthrie has pitched eight innings and allowed one run twice in his last five starts. He is 11-11 with a 4.35 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 190 and 1/3 innings this season.
Danny Duffy, SPHot9/13/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (shoulder) will throw a light bullpen session on Sunday and hopes to start on Tuesday according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: An MRI came back negative this week and Thursday Duffy said he was no longer feeling any discomfort. Duffy has been out since Sept. 6 but plans to return on Tuesday against the White Sox.
Alex Gordon, LFCold9/11/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) against Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Gordon has also taken Buchholz deep once in his career. The left fielder is hitless in his last 13 at-bats so perhaps this matchup will get Gordon going again. He leads Kansas City with 19 home runs and 66 RBI.
James Shields, SPHot9/11/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields pitched seven shutout innings against the Tigers on Wednesday as Kansas City moved back into sole possession of first place in the AL Central.
Insight: Shields limited Detriot to two hits and a walk while striking out eight. In hist last start, Shields pitched eight and 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Shields has allowed just one run in his last 22 and 1/3 innings. They call him "Big Game James" for a reason. "Big Game James" should remain in your fantasy lineup, no questions asked.
Billy Butler, DHCold9/10/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler was not in Tuesday's starting lineup and isn't in Wednesday's either.
Insight: Butler was hitting the ball in August, but September has been another story. He's batted just .159 for the past nine games. For the season he's batting .268 with nine homers and 59 RBI.
Alcides Escobar, SS9/10/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has been solid this season, but must be avoided Wednesday against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Escobar is hitting .276 with 44 RBI, 65 runs and 28 steals on the year, but against Porcello has a career batting average of .038 (1-for-26).
Billy Butler, DHCold9/9/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Butler was hitting the ball in August, but September is another story. He's batted .159 for the past nine games. For the season he's batting .268 with nine homers and 59 RBI.
Alex Gordon, LFHot9/9/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .412 hitter (14-for-34) with three home runs against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Gordon is putting together another productive season (.274, 19 HR, 66 RBI, 77 runs), but has been cold over the past two weeks , atting just .175 over the past dozen games.
Greg Holland, RP9/9/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland (triceps) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Detroit.
Insight: He might still be held out as precaution, but manager Ned Yost said he would likely be available Tuesday The closer has 42 saves and supports a 1.60 ERA with 80 strikeouts and just 18 walks. If Holland is held out again, Wade Davis would be used in a potential save situation.
Danny Duffy, SPHot9/8/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: An MRI taken on Sunday showed no structural damage to Royals starter Danny Duffy's left shoulder.
Insight: Duffy has rotator cuff inflammation according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. He hopes to miss just one turn in the rotation. Duffy left Saturday's game against the Yankees after just one pitch. He is 8-11 with a 2.42 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in 141 1/3 innings this season.
Billy Butler, DHHot9/8/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler has gone 34-for-79 (.430) with five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI against Tigers starter Justin Verlander in his career.
Insight: Butler sees the ball very well against Verlander. His OPS against the former AL MVP is 1.064. Butler did not play against the Yankees on Saturday or Sunday but returns to the DH spot for this matchup on Monday.
Yordano Ventura, SP9/7/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits, to defeat the Yankees, 2-0.
Insight: The only blemish was his four walks versus just two strikeouts, but Ventura impressed a day after the Royals lost starter Danny Duffy. Ventura has now won three straight starters to improve to 12-9. He also has a 3.25 ERA.
Greg Holland, RP9/7/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland (triceps) said he is available to pitch on Sunday according to Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star.
Insight: He might still be held out as precaution, but this is a very good sign for Holland owners. The closer has 42 saves and supports a 1.60 ERA with 80 strikeouts and just 18 walks. If Holland is held out, Wade Davis would be used in a potential save situation.
Josh Willingham, LF9/7/2014 8:59:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Josh Willingham doubled and scored in his return to the lineup against the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: Willingham was out for a week with a slight intercostal strain. He is hitting .265/.368/.490 with two home runs in just 16 games this year.
Danny Duffy, SPHot9/6/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy is dealing with a sore throwing shoulder according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Insight: Duffy left Saturday's game after one pitch due to shoulder discomfort. Duffy will undergo more tests, so more details should be released in the next 24 hours. Overall, not good for the AL Central leading Royals.
Wade Davis, SP9/5/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis recorded the last two outs against the Yankees on Friday to earn his first save of the season.
Insight: Davis has an astonishing 0.72 ERA this year but normally is used as the seventh or eighth inning guy. Davis' fantasy value remains minuminal.
Norichika Aoki, RF9/5/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki hit an RBI-single in the third inning and that's all James Shields would need as Kansas City defeated New York, 1-0, on Friday.
Insight: Aoki was 1-for-3 with the RBI on Friday. Aoki is hitting .265 with 23 extra-base hits and 34 RBI in 412 at-bats this year.
James Shields, SPHot9/5/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields pitched eight and 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, striking out six and walking none, as the Royals beat the Yankees, 1-0 on Friday.
Insight: Shields picked up his first win in three starts but in his last two starts, Shields has pitched 15 and 1/3 innings and allowed just one run on eight hits. Shields is heating up just when fantasy owners need him. He improved his record to 13-7 and has a 3.23 ERA this year.
Salvador Perez, C9/1/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI Monday against Texas.
Insight: Perez batted just .229 in August and is hitting .269 on the season after batting .292 or better in his first three seasons. He does have a career-high 16 home runs, however.
Eric Hosmer, 1B9/1/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: This move makes it tough on management because Billy Butler has hit much better since he started playing in the field. The 24-year-old Hosmer is hitting .267 with just six homers, 46 RBI, 45 runs and a .689 OPS in 409 at-bats this season, not good enough for a fantasy first baseman.
Josh Willingham, LF9/1/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Josh Willingham is a career .333 hitter with four home runs versus Texas right-hander Colby Lewis
Insight: The 35-year-old has hit much better since joining the contender, batting .267 with an .866 OPS over 15 games. He should be a nice play Monday.
Billy Butler, DHHot8/29/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is 5-for-8 in limited action versus Cleveland starter Danny Salazar.
Insight: "Country Breakfast" has awaken after a cold first half and is hitting .291 with six homers and an .822 OPS in 39 games after the break.
Omar Infante, 2B8/28/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante was out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday due to a sore shoulder and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Infante is hitting just .255 with six homers, 59 RBI, 44 runs, six steals and a .645 OPS, so he isn't a fantasy option.
Salvador Perez, C8/27/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is a career .143 hitter (2-for-14) with one RBI against Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes.
Insight: Perez underwent a MRI on his knee last week and even though manager Ned Yost downplayed the injury, the all-star catcher is just 2-for-16 since the MRI. Wednesday is a tough matchup for Perez, so his struggles may continue.
Danny Duffy, SPHot8/26/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy allowed one runon four hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no decision Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Duffy is just 8-11 even though he has a 2.47 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 134 2/3 innings this season. His ERA is fourth lowest in the AL.
Alex Gordon, LFHot8/26/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon hit a walk-off two-run homer off Twins closer Glen Perkins Tuesday night.
Insight: The Royals hadn't scored all night until Gordon connected for his 16th homer of the season. He's hit seven balls out of the park in August and is a legitimate MVP candidate. He ranks second in the AL with 5.6 WAR.
Omar Infante, 2B8/26/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante is out of the lineup Tuesday due to a sore shoulder, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Infante is hitting just .255 with six homers, 59 RBI, 44 runs, six steals and a .645 OPS, so he isn't a fantasy option.
Yordano Ventura, SP8/26/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura has been scratched from his start on Wednesday due to mid-back stiffness, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the KC Star.
Insight: Liam Hendriks will start in his place. The hard-throwing Ventura has had a tremendous rookie season, going 10-9 with a 3.40 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 125 Ks in 145 2/3 innings.
Alcides Escobar, SS8/26/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is 7-for-14 (.500) with three extra-basae hits versus Minnesota right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Escobar is hitting .274 with 43 RBI, 58 runs and 24 steals on the year and could be a viable fantasy option.
Eric Hosmer, 1B8/25/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been cleared to swing a bat, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Hosmer, who is out with a fractured hand, hopes to begin a rehab assignment in a week. The 24-year-old is hitting .267 with just six homers, 46 RBI, 45 runs and a .689 OPS in 409 at-bats this season, not good enough for a fantasy first baseman.
Raul Ibanez, DH8/25/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Royals designated hitter Raul Ibanez will get a rare back-to-back opportunity Monday, facing one of his old teams, the New York Yankees.
Insight: The 42-year-old has seen just 33 at-bats since the All-Star break. He was 1-for-4 Sunday. Josh Willingham (1-for-6 with three strikeouts versus Michael Pineda) will sit for a second straight day.
Billy Butler, DHHot8/24/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday at Texas.
Insight: After hitting .264 with 20 doubles, three homers and 36 RBI over his first 364 at-bats, Butler has batted .321 with seven doubles, five homers and 18 RBI in his last 106.
Raul Ibanez, DH8/24/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Royals designated hitter Raul Ibanez hasn't seen an at-bat in over a week, but could get a shot Sunday in a favorable matchup.
Insight: The 42-year-old has only seen 29 at-bats since the All-Star break, but he's a career .471 hitter with two home runs versus Rangers starter Scott Baker. If he crack's the starting lineup he might be worth a flier. Update: He's in the starting lineup.
Billy Butler, DH8/24/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is just a .103 hitter (3-for-29) against Texas right-hander Scott Baker.
Insight: Butler hasn't had a good season, but has batted .329 in August with a season-high OPS of .888. Still, he might give way to Raul Ibanez who has always done well against Baker.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP8/23/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched eight innings and gave up one run on five hits against the Rangers on saturday.
Insight: Guthire has two straight wins in which the starter has allowed five runs in 15 innings.
Alex Gordon, LF8/23/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon's home run came in the first inning and is his 15th of the season. The left fielder is hitting .310 with five home runs in August.
Yordano Ventura, SP8/23/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura has walked 18 batters over 38 innings in his last six starts, but he's gone 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 37 Ks in that span.
Insight: Call it effectively wild. Ventura has been striking out batters at a good rate again after fanning just 35 in 59 innings from May 20 to July 20. He struck out 53 batters in 48 2/3 innings in his first eight starts, so the dropoff was unexpected for the young flamethrower. He's quietly gone 10-9 woth a 3.40 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 125 Ks. In a normal season, that would be good for Rookie of the Year, but Jose Abreu has had a rookie season for the ages.
Billy Butler, DHHot8/23/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has batted .329 with six doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and 12 runs in August.
Insight: Butler hasn't had a good season, but he's better than he was in the first four months this year. Overall, he's hitting .279 with 27 doubles, eight homers, 53 RBI, 51 runs and a .718 OPS.
Salvador Perez, C8/21/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (knee) was to have an MRI Thursday.
Insight: He left Monday's game with knee soreness and is dealing with the issue again after catching a full game Tuesday. The Royals have Thursday off so Perez should be back in the lineup Friday at Texas unless tests reveal something.
Salvador Perez, C8/20/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (knee) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup.
Insight: He left Monday's game with knee soreness and is dealing with the issue again after catching a full game Tuesday. The Royals have Thursday off so Perez should be back in the lineup Friday at Texas.
Salvador Perez, C8/19/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (knee) is in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He left Monday's game with minor knee soreness but won't even need a full game off. He's behind the plate at Colorado.
Salvador Perez, C8/18/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez left Monday's game with right knee discomfort, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: The Royals called it a "precautionary measure." We imagine all everyday catchers are dealing with knee soreness to a certain degree at this point in the season. A day or two off should do the trick.
Alcides Escobar, SS8/16/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has gone 5-for-11 (.455) with a double and a homer against Twins starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Escobar went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI Friday afternoon. He's hitting .277 with 40 RBI, 54 runs and 24 steals on the year and shouldn't cost too much on Saturday.
Lorenzo Cain, CFHot8/15/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Cain has hit .299 with 17 steals this season, but he's hit just three homers, driven in 39 runs and scored 38.
Salvador Perez, C8/15/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez sat out Thursday afternoon's game against Oakland, but should be back behind the plate Friday versus Minnesota.
Insight: However, Perez is not a great play Friday as he's just 1-for-9 against Ricky Nolasco for his career. Perez has already set a career high for home runs (14), but his batting average is currently 24 points below his .291 career average.
Alcides Escobar, SS8/15/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is 6-for-11 (.545) versus Twins starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Escobar has put together a solid season for fantasy owners. He has already exceeded his 2013 stolen base total (24) and is batting .275 with 54 runs scored and 37 RBI.
Billy Butler, DHHot8/14/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler rapped out another two hits and knocked in two runs as the Royals beat the Oakland A's 7-3.
Insight: Butler is trying to turn around a horrible first half and is batting .333 for the month of August. He's still only hit six home runs after blasting a total of 44 over the past two seasons.
Salvador Perez, C8/14/2014 1:04:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez will sit out Thursday afternoon's game against Oakland.
Insight: Just a routine day off after a night game for the All-Star catcher. Perez has already set a career high for home runs although his batting average is currently 24 points below his .291 career average.
James Shields, SPHot8/14/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields has been everything the team hoped for both on and off the field when they traded for him in 2013.
Insight: Shields improved to 11-6 last Saturday with his first shutout as a member of the Royals. He's helped lead the suddenly hot Royals into first place with a 1.20 ERA and 0.866 WHIP over his last four starts.
Norichika Aoki, RF8/14/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki is 7-for-16 (.438) with three extra-base hits against Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Aoki has multiple-hit games in his last three starts to raise his average to .273 with 1 HR, 26 RBI and 50 runs scored.
Jason Vargas, SP8/13/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas threw a three-hit shutout Wednesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Vargas is an extreme fly ball pitcher, but he's allowed just three home runs in his last 66 1/3 innings and they all came in one start on June 27. He's 9-5 with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and a 96/29 K/BB in 143 1/3 innings this season following Wednesday's gem.
Alex Gordon, LFHot8/13/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has batted .333 with eight extra-base hits (3 HR) over his last 28 games, but his matchup Wednesday isn't favorable.
Insight: Gordon has been good against left-handers over the past two years, but he's 6-for-28 (.214) with a .516 OPS against Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir. Avoid him Wednesday.
Josh Willingham, LF8/12/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Just acquired Kansas City left fielder Josh Willingham should probably not make his Royals debut against Jon Lester and the A's due to a poor matchup.
Insight: The 35-year-old will likely enter a DH platoon situation with Raul Ibanez, starting against lefties, but he's just 2-for-17 (.118) against Lester. Willingham is the DH for Tuesday's game against Oakland, batting sixth.
Alex Gordon, LF8/12/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just a .136 hitter (3-for-22) with eight strikeouts against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Gordon has been on fire of late, batting .391 with three homers and a 1.019 OPS over the past dozen games, but this matchup should be avoided. Hopefully this one poor matchup won't kill his momentum.
Josh Willingham, LF8/12/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Just acquired Kansas City left fielder Josh Willingham should probably not make his Royals debut against Jon Lester and the A's due to a poor matchup.
Insight: The 35-year-old will likely enter a DH platoon situation with Raul Ibanez, starting against lefties, but he's just 2-for-17 (.118) against Lester.
Josh Willingham, LF8/11/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: The Twins have shipped left fielder Josh Willingham to the Royals for a minor leaguer.
Insight: The Royals entered Monday just a half game behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central and they needed another bat with Eric Hosmer on the shelf due to a broken hand. The 35-year-old will likely enter a DH platoon with Raul Ibanez, starting against lefties.
Salvador Perez, C8/10/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit his 14th homer of the year Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: With that, Perez set a new career high, though he's sacrificed average for a slight power boost this season. After hitting .301 his first three seasons, Perez has batted .271 in 2014.
Alex Gordon, LFHot8/10/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has homered in three of his last four games.
Insight: Gordon hit zero home runs from June 22 to Aug. 6, a span of 33 games in which he batted .233 with seven RBI, 12 runs and a .600 OPS. He's raised his OPS from .766 to .793 over the last four games.
James Shields, SPHot8/9/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields posted his first career shutout as a member of the Royals, yielding just four hits and a walk Saturday night.
Insight: Shields improved to 11-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.25. He hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a game since July 1, though he's only 2-2 during that span.
Norichika Aoki, RF8/8/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki is hitless in 11 at-bats against Giants tough left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Aoki (.263, 1 HR, 44 RBI) has hit safely in five of his last six games, but should be avoided in this unfavorable amtchup.
Salvador Perez, C8/6/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday against Arizona.
Insight: Perez hit just .240 with just three extra-base hits in 96 at-bats last month, which sliced his OPS from .789 to .734. He's hitting .276 with 13 homers, 44 RBI, 45 runs and a .736 OPS after Tuesday's game.
Billy Butler, DH8/6/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI Tuesday at Arizona.
Insight: Butler has hit three home runs in his last 10 games but still has just six all season to go with 22 doubles, 44 RBI, 41 runs and a .701 OPS.
Alex Gordon, LF8/2/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just 2-for-19 (.105) with eight strikeouts against A's left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Gordon has batted .323 over the past four weeks (17 games), but has an unfavorable matchup Saturday against a tough left-hander.
Eric Hosmer, 1B8/1/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right hand and could be sidelined up to six weeks, according to a Kansas City Star report.
Insight: Initial estimates of four weeks were apparently low. Billy Butler and Raul Ibanez should pick up most of the additional work.
Jason Vargas, SP7/31/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas (emergency appendectomy) will start Saturday against Oakland, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Vargas, who last started on July 8, has gone 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 125 innings this season. He threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday, so he's not likely to throw more than 80-85 pitches Saturday.
Billy Butler, DH7/30/2014 12:42:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has batted .333 with three doubles and a homer against Twins starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Butler (.271) has hit just five homers this season, though two of them came in the last four games.
Jason Vargas, SP7/29/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas (emergency appendectomy) could start Saturday against Oakland, according to mlb.com.
Insight: He threw a four-inning simulated game on Tuesday. Vargas has gone 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 125 innings this season, but he hasn't started since July 8.
Salvador Perez, C7/25/2014 11:29:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against Cleveland.
Insight: Perez hasn't done much in July, but he's still batting .285 on the year and is one homer away from tying his career high of 13.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot7/25/2014 11:27:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas raised his average to .200 for the first time all season Friday night.
Insight: He went 1-for-4 with a homer, his 13th of the season, against the Indians. Moustakas has batted .268 with nine homers and an OPS north of .830 in his last 36 games after a putrid start to the season.
Eric Hosmer, 1B7/24/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," and has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer has missed a few games due to the bruised right hand and it's still bothering him. First basemen with a .701 OPS are a dime-a-dozen and not in high demand by fantasy owners.
Eric Hosmer, 1B7/24/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer has missed a few games due to the bruised right hand and it's still bothering him. First basemen with a .701 OPS are a dime-a-dozen and not in high demand by fantasy owners.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot7/24/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a career .389 hitter (7-for-18) versus Cleveland starter Corey Kluber.
Insight: Moustakas has batted .313 for the week as he closes in on the Mendoza Line (.199). He might be an inexpensive play worthy of a one-day shot Thursday.
Alex Gordon, LFHot7/23/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has reached base 21 times (15 H, 6 BB) in his last nine starts.
Insight: Gordon went 3-for-3 with a walk Wednesday against the White Sox and is hitting .280 with a .794 OPS this season. However, he hasn't homered since June 21.
James Shields, SPHot7/23/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields has recorded a 2.02 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 28/3 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings over his last four starts.
Insight: Shields lasted seven innings and allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven in a no decision Wednesday at Chicago. He's back on track after getting roughed up in eight starts from May 24 to July 1 (5.66 ERA, 1.62 WHIP).
Eric Hosmer, 1B7/23/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," the team announced. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, KC Star
Insight: Hosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand and it's still bothering him.
Eric Hosmer, 1B7/23/2014 12:42:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Hosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Salvador Perez, C7/21/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) is back in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Perez missed Sunday's game with minor groin soreness. He'll DH Monday and Billy Butler will start at first in place of Eric Hosmer (hand contusion).
Eric Hosmer, 1B7/21/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been scratched from Monday's lineup.
Insight: Hosmer is dealing with a hand contusion, according to Andy McCullough of the KC Star. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Salvador Perez, C7/21/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) was not in the lineup Sunday, but is probable for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Perez is dealing with minor groin soreness. He boasted a career .301 batting average heading into the season, but is batting just .282 even after a big month of June.
Yordano Ventura, SP7/20/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura had a rough afternoon Sunday at Boston.
Insight: Ventura walked four, didn't strike out a batter and gave up six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander has struck out just 29 batters in 50 1/3 innings (5.19 K/9) since his elbow scare on May 26. He had a 9.26 K/9 in his first 57 1/3 innings this season.
Alex Gordon, LF7/20/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has batted just .118 against Red Sox starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Gordon is 2-for-17 with seven Ks against Lester. He's also batting .234 against left-handers this season, so avoid him Sunday.
Salvador Perez, C7/20/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) is not in the lineup Sunday, but he expects to be back Monday, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Perez is dealing with minor groin soreness. He had a terrific June (.347, 4 2B, 5 HR, 16 RBI) but has been subpar in the other three months. In July, Perez has batted .259 with one extra-base hit.
Alex Gordon, LF7/13/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon (wrist) is not in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: Gordon is dealing with a sprained right wrist and will miss his fourth straight game. He'll sit out Tuesday's All-Star Game as well.
Salvador Perez, C7/13/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: UPDATE: Perez is not in the lineup Sunday. Royals catcher Salvador Perez has batted .467 with seven doubles and a homer against Detroit starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Perez already has 11 homers this season after hitting just 13 last year and although he has just 36 RBI and 38 runs on the year, he's driven in 24 and scored 24 in his last 40 games.
Billy Butler, DH7/13/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has been one of Tigers starter Justin Verlander's biggest nemeses.
Insight: Butler is 33-for-76 (.434) with five doubles and two homers lifetime against Verlander. The DH is still hitting just .272 with three home runs and a .678 OPS this season, but he's a must-start anytime he's facing Verlander.
Alcides Escobar, SS7/12/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has put together a solid season for fantasy owners, but should be avoided Saturday afternoon, as he's 1-for-23 (.043) versus Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: Escobar has already matched his 2013 stolen base total (22) and is batting .283 with 41 runs scored and 28 RBI. His .709 OPS won't kill you either.
Norichika Aoki, RF7/11/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will lead off and play right field Friday night against Detroit.
Insight: Aoki (.263, 0 HR, 14 RBI) has recovered from a groin strain, but likely won't try to steal bases at first. Unfortunately without that speed, he doesn't present much of a value to fantasy owners.
Salvador Perez, CCold7/11/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is hitless in 12 at-bats against Detroit hurler Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Perez (.282, 11 HR, 35 RBI) is having a bad week going 5-for-26 so combined with a poor matchup should be avoided for Friday.
Mike Moustakas, 3B7/10/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is questionable for Thursday's game against Detroit due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Moustakas is still batting below the Mendoza Line (.193) and fantasy owners have likely already given up on him, but he did hit home run No. 10 this week.
Alex Gordon, LF7/10/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just 2-for-17 with nine strikeouts versus Detroit starter Drew Smyly.
Insight: Gordon went for an MRI on a sprained right wrist Wednesday so combined with this poor matchup should have him sitting again Thursday.
Alex Gordon, LF7/9/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sprained right wrist. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, KC Star
Insight: Gordon is going for an MRI. He hurt himself sliding against the Indians and said he currently cannot swing the bat.
Jason Vargas, SP7/9/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Royals trainer Nick Kenney said the team is prepared to be without starter Jason Vargas (emergency appendectomy) for three to four weeks, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Vargas has gone 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 125 innings this season. Bruce Chen will take his spot in the rotation, though newly signed veteran Joe Saunders may also be an option.
Lorenzo Cain, CFHot7/8/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 4-for-4 with a triple, a walk a steal and two runs Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Cain is batting .322 with 11 steals this season, though he has very little power and has benefited from a .397 BABIP.
Billy Butler, DH7/8/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .643 hitter (9-for-14) against Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Butler still isn't hitting with any power (2 HR) and he's even struggling with his average over the past 10 games hitting just .195 over that span. Its a great matchup, but the struggling hitter may not be able to take advantage.
Alex Gordon, LFCold7/7/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Monday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Gordon (.269, 9 HR, 44 RBI) had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats (.075). His inclusion on the 2014 AL All-Star team is as much about his defense as it is his hitting. According to FanGraphs, he leads baseball with a UZR of 23.9.
James Shields, SP 7/7/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields threw his best start since June 8 Monday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Shields struck out 10, walked one and allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings to improve to 9-4. He had a 5.66 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP and 33 Ks in 49 1/3 innings over his previous eight starts.
James Shields, SPCold7/7/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields has very good season-long numbers (8-4, 3.93 ERA), but he's struggled in his last three outings.
Insight: Shields has yielded four earned runs or more against Seattle, Minnesota and the Dodgers and faces a Tampa Bay team that has won 10 of its last 12 and averaged 5.08 runs per contest over that span.
Mike Moustakas, 3B7/6/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit his 10th home run of the season and now has 35 RBI.
Insight: Moustakas is still batting below the Mendoza Line (.195) and fantasy owners have likely already given up on him.
Alex Gordon, LF7/6/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon will not be in Sunday's starting lineup against Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians.
Insight: Just a routine day off for Gordon in an unfavorable matchup. He is just 4-for-22 (.182) against Kluber, so this is a well-timed day of rest.
Mike Moustakas, 3B 7/4/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Friday at Cleveland.
Insight: Moustakas has nine home runs this season, but he's batting just .192 with a .624 OPS. The third baseman has the fly-ball rate of a power-hitter (47%), but he doesn't hit the ball in the air with authority enough and is only hitting .189 on balls in play.
Yordano Ventura, SP7/4/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura lasted 8 1/3 innings and allowed one run on six hits in a win over Cleveland Friday night.
Insight: Since his elbow scare on May 26, Ventura has posted a 2.52 ERA in 39 1/3 innings, but his K/9 in that span was just 4.82 compared to 9.26 in 57 1/3 innings before the issue.
Omar Infante, 2B 7/4/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante was scratched from Friday's lineup due to tightness in his lower back, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Infante has batted .252 with five homers, 41 RBI, 30 runs, three steals and a .663 OPS this season and is only an option in AL-only leagues.
Jason Vargas, SP7/2/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas gave up six runs on nine hits over four innings against the Angels in his last start of June, but he rebounded with seven scoreless innings Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: Vargas (8-3, 3.32 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) has allowed five-plus runs in four of his 18 starts this season but two or less in 13 of them.
Lorenzo Cain, CF 7/2/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain has racked up seven hits in 12 at-bats against Twins starter Kevin Correia, good for a .583 average.
Insight: Cain has gone 0-for-9 his last two games after going 19-for-48 (.396) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBI from June 16-29, but he's still hitting .309 with three homers, 35 RBI, seven steals and a .776 OPS this season.
Lorenzo Cain, CFHot6/29/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain's four hits Sunday brought his average up to .322.
Insight: Cain has gone 19-for-48 (.396) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBI over his last 12 games. He's benefited from a .392 BABIP, so look for his average to drop below .300 eventually.
Jarrod Dyson, CF6/24/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two steals Monday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Dyson (.305, 12 SB) has taken a starting job from Norichika Aoki and bumped Lorenzo Cain to right field. He has tremendous stolen base potential, having swiped 76 bags since 2012 despite getting just 610 at-bats in that span.
Jarrod Dyson, CF6/21/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Jarrod Dyson will again bat in the leadoff spot on Saturday with Norichika Aoki sidelined by injury.
Insight: Dyson (.296, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 14 runs, 10 SB) is having a better than expected season to date.
Justin Maxwell, CF6/21/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Justin Maxwell has been recalled to take the place of injured Norichika Aoki and will jump right into the starting lineup batting sixth and playing right field.
Insight: Maxwell hasn't done anything to warrant attention from fantasy owners, batting just .138 in 29 at-bats this season.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/21/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: Jsh Vernier, Fox Sports Kansas City
Insight: Aoki (.263, 0 HR, 14 RBI) left Tuesday night's game with a groin injury and has played sparingly since then. Justin Maxwell (.133, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will take over his vacant roster spot.
Alex Gordon, LF6/20/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon was a late scratch for Thursday afternoon's game due to the flu and is questionable for friday's game with Seattle.
Insight: Gordon is batting .288 with eight homers, 39 RBI and 40 runs this season to lead a suddenly explosive Royals offense. Jarrod Dyson would get the start if Gordon is still sidelined.
Danny Duffy, SPHot6/19/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy has allowed five runs on 14 hits with a 23/6 K/BB in 25 2/3 innings this month.
Insight: Duffy (4-6, 2.80 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings Thursday at Detroit. The 25-year-old former top-100 prospect is starting to live up to his potential after being derailed by Tommy John surgery in 2012.
Alex Gordon, LF6/19/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon was a late scratch for Thursday afternoon's game due to the flu.
Insight: Gordon is batting .288 with eight homers, 39 RBI and 40 runs this season to lead a suddenly explosive Royals offense. Jarrod Dyson got the start.
Danny Duffy, SPHot6/19/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy doesn't have a winning record this season (4-5), but he's pitching very well of late.
Insight: Duffy has posted a 1.45 ERA, 0.857 WHIP and 18 Ks in 18.2 IP in his last three starts, winning two of them. With the Royals on fire, winning 10 straight, Duffy is an excellent option on Thursday.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/19/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki is back in the lineup for Thursday afternoon's game with Detroit.
Insight: Aoki (.261, 0 HR, 14 RBI) left Tuesday night's game with a groin injury and missed Wednesday's contest.
Omar Infante, 2BHot6/18/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante continued his hot hitting Wednesday at Detroit.
Insight: Infante went 2-for-4 with a homer and has gone 14-for-37 (.378) with two home runs and 11 RBI in his last nine games.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP6/18/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie has lowered his ERA from 4.80 to 3.86 over his last seven starts.
Insight: Guthrie has struck out nine batters in two straight starts, winning both. He's posted a 2.85 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 0.57 HR/9 in his last 47 1/3 innings after giving up 11 home runs and recording a 4.80 ERA in his first 50 2/3.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/18/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: The Royals will be without Norichika Aoki Wednesday against the Tigers. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: It's no surprise after Aoki (.261, 0 HR, 14 RBI) left last night's game with a groin injury. Lorenzo Cain (.318, 2 HR, 29 RBI) will get the nod at right field.
Omar Infante, 2BHot6/17/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante went 1-for-3 with two walks and three RBI Tuesday night at Detroit.
Insight: Infante has gone 12-for-33 (.364) with a homer and 10 RBI over his last eight games to raise his average from .228 to .250.
Yordano Ventura, SP6/17/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura won his third straight start Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Ventura struck out four batters and allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings. He seems to have put the elbow discomfort he dealt with at the end of May behind him.
Alex Gordon, LFHot6/17/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and two RBI Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: He came in with excellent numbers against Max Scherzer and added to them in the second and fifth innings Tuesday. The Royals' offense has suddenly turned on the juice and has averaged 7.4 runs per game during a nine-game winning streak. Gordon has batted .350 with seven homers, 22 RBI and 22 runs over his last 28 games.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/17/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Kansas City right fielder Norichika Aoki left Tuesday's game with groin discomfort.
Insight: Aoki went 1-for-2 with a run prior to exiting and was replaced in right field by Lorenzo Cain, who was supposed to be getting the night off. Aoki has a .261 average and zero homers this season and doesn't do enough in the run or steal categories to make up for it.
Salvador Perez, CHot6/17/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is a carweer .381 (8-for-21) with two homers and a 1.143 OPS against Tigers ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Perez (.281, 7 HR, 23 RBI) left in the seventh inning with leg cramps but not before extending his hitting streak to ten games. He should be okay for Tuesday's game and in all starting lineups as he's raised his average 21 points during his hot streak.
Alex Gordon, LFHot6/17/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .387 hitter (12-for-31) with a pair of homers against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: The Royals scored a season-high 11 runs on Monday and Gordon was right in the thick of things with a double and two singles. His .286 batting average is a noticeable improvement from last year when Gordon hit just .265.
Alex Gordon, LF6/16/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon shredded the Tigers for three hits on Monday night.
Insight: The Royals scored a season-high 11 runs on Monday and Gordon was right in the thick of things with a double and two singles. His .286 batting average is a noticeable improvement from last year when Gordon hit just .265 over 633 at bats.
Lorenzo Cain, CF6/16/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain smashed three hits in Monday's win over the Tigers.
Insight: Tonight was Cain's sixth game of the season with at least three hits. He's been a pleasant surprise for the Royals, hitting .310 across 168 at bats. Cain would probably be owned in almost every league if he had a little more power (2 HR this season).
Omar Infante, 2BHot6/16/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante had a huge night Monday against the Tigers.
Insight: Infante went 2-for-4 with four RBI including a two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the sixth inning. He's gone 11-for-30 over his last seven games to raise his average from .228 to .249.
Salvador Perez, CHot6/16/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez exited Monday's game with calf cramps. SOURCE: Dave Hogg, Fox Sports Detroit
Insight: Perez (.281, 7 HR, 23 RBI) left in the seventh inning but not before extending his hitting streak to ten games. He should be okay for tomorrow night's ball game.
Billy Butler, DHHot6/16/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .432 hitter (32-for-74) against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Butler still isn't hitting with any power, but he is batting .351 over his last two weeks (11 games). The combination of Butler and Salvador Perez could get it done against Verlander on Monday night.
Salvador Perez, CHot6/16/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is 12-for-27 (.444) with eight ectra-base hits and 10 RBI versus Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Insight: After a slow start, Perez has picked it up batting .311 with an .841 OPS over the past four weeks. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Billy Butler, DH 6/14/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against the White Sox and has driven in seven runs in his last four games.
Insight: Butler has just two homers all year. He's been getting more lift on the ball in June than he did the first two months of the year, but Saturday's homer was his first since May 2.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot6/14/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday at Chicago.
Insight: Moustakas has gone 7-for-18 with two homers, five RBI and five runs his last five games. We're going to need to see a lot more than that to recommend using the 25-year-old, who has been consistently terrible at the major league level.
Danny Duffy, SP6/14/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy struck out nine batters in seven shutout innings Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: In eight starts this season, Duffy has gone 3-4 with a 2.96 ERA and a 31/19 K/BB in 45 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old will have a tough matchup at Detroit his next time out.
Alex Gordon, LF6/13/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a lifetime .130 hitter (3-for-23) versus left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Gordon is posting another solid, though unspectacular season - .283, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 35 runs, .816 OPS, but this matchup should be avoided.
Eric Hosmer, 1B6/13/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is a career .083 hitter (2-for-24) with seven strikeouts versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Hosmer's numbers are way down this season, batting .259 with three homers, 29 RBI and a .668 OPS. Avoid this matchup.
Mike Moustakas, 3B6/13/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a career .421 hitter (8-for-19) with two homers and a 1.239 OPS against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Moustakas has gone 5-for-14 (.357) over the past seven days. He's still well below the Mendoza line and most days isn't fantasy worthy, but he might be worth a flier on Friday.
Alcides Escobar, SSHot6/11/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar went 3-for-3 Wednesday in a win over the Indians.
Insight: He's been in cruise control all month (.455 AVG in 33 at bats). Make sure Escobar (.287, 2 HR, 22 RBI) is in your lineup for Friday's series opener against the White Sox.
Yordano Ventura, SP6/11/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura was in the zone Wednesday against Cleveland.
Insight: Ventura held the Indians to one run in seven innings to pick up his fourth win of the season. He's followed up a four-game losing streak by going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last two starts.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold6/11/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Tuesday against Cleveland.
Insight: Moustakas has gone 5-for-30 (.167) since he was recalled, which is better than the .152 average he had before his demotion but still not very good.
Alex Gordon, LFHot6/11/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has hit .370 with five doubles, six homers, 19 RBI, 17 runs and 16 walks in his last 22 games.
Insight: Gordon went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his seventh of the season, Tuesday against the Indians.
Eric Hosmer, 1B6/11/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the Indians.
Insight: Hosmer appears to be following the same path he took last season, when he hit .318 with 16 homers, 58 RBI and an .874 OPS in his last 98 games after batting .274 with one home run and 21 RBI through June 12. This season, he had one home run through June 6 but hit two in the past three games.
Billy Butler, DHCold6/10/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has struggled against Indians starter Corey Kluber throughout his career, batting just .111 (2-for-18) with six strikeouts.
Insight: Butler's bat hasn't shown up this season. He's batting just .249 with one home run and 21 RBI and his OPS is almost 200 points below his career number (.812).
Salvador Perez, C6/9/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is not in Monday's starting lineup, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Just a routine day off. Perez (.271, 6 HR, 20 RBI) has batted .325 over the past two weeks to raise his average 12 points. He's still 25 points below his career average. Brett Hayes will make the start, but with an .086 batting average holds no fantasy value.
James Shields, SP6/8/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields allowed one unearned run in six innings Sunday against New York.
Insight: He also had eight strikeouts, his most since May 13th against Colorado. Shields (7-3, 3.44 ERA) is undefeated in his last seven starts.
Alex Gordon, LFHot6/8/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has reached base in seven of his nine plate appearances against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Gordon has hit .388 with five homers, 18 RBI, 16 runs and 15 walks in his last 20 games and is 6-for-8 with two doubles and a walk against Kuroda. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday.
Salvador Perez, C6/7/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is off to a good start in June.
Insight: Perez (.270) has gone 10-for-26 (.385) with seven RBI in the first seven games this month. He was 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI Saturday against the Yankees.
Eric Hosmer, 1B6/7/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit his second home run of the season Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: There's still time for Hosmer (.259) to turn his season around. He was hitting .274 with one home run and 21 RBI on June 12 last year but hit .318 with 16 homers, 58 RBI and an .874 OPS in his last 98 games.
Bruce Chen, RP6/6/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Royals left-hander Bruce Chen (lower back tightness) made his first rehab appearance with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Tuesday and threw three innings. Source: Dick Kaegel, MLB.com.
Insight: The 36-year-old Chen hadn't pitched in six weeks, but threw 46 pitches (35 strikes) while allowing eight hits and two runs, both solo homers. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone. When Chen's rehab is complete, the Royals will have a difficult decsion to make regarding his role given the way Danny Duffy has been pitching of late.
Greg Holland, RPHot6/5/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland struck out the side Thursday against the Cardinals to earn his 17th save of the season.
Insight: Holland is now first in the American League in saves and he has a 1.52 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and a 37/6 K/BB in 23 2/3 innings. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 2/3 innings.
Yordano Ventura, SP6/5/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura (elbow) returned to the rotation Thursday against the Cardinals and allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings
Insight: Ventura was diagnosed with valgus extension overload in his elbow after his last start, but he was back to throwing 97-100 mph Thursday.
Omar Infante, 2B6/4/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Not many hitters enjoy prolonged success against Wainwright, but Infante has handled the powerful right-hander well in 13 career at bats, with five singles and a double against him. Infante has been average, at best, this season and has only one stolen base through 38 games but could be a smart start tonight.
Alex Gordon, LFHot6/3/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Gordon was hitting .250 with one home run and a .655 OPS on May 17, but he's been on an absolute tear ever since. In his last 16 games, he's gone 21-for-57 (.368) with five home runs, 17 RBI, 12 runs, 10 walks and two steals.
James Shields, SPCold6/3/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields didn't have good command Tuesday against the Cardinals and ended up allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with four walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Insight: Shields has allowed seven homers, walked six and given up 15 earned runs on 26 hits over 18 1/3 innings his last three starts. He's 6-3 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP and will try to turn things around Sunday against the Yankees.
Yordano Ventura, SP6/2/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura (elbow) is expected to make his next start on Thursday, according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: He was diagnosed with a valgus stress overload following his last start, but it looks like he'll miss just one start. He's 2-5 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 59 Ks in 57 1/3 IP.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/2/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Kansas City right fielder Norichika Aoki is a career .500 hitter (7-for-14) against Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller.
Insight: Like most of the Royals, Aoki isn't hitting for much power (.644 OPS), but he has scored 28 runs and stolen seven bases.
Mike Moustakas, 3B6/1/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas' minor-league exile didn't last long. Kansas City summoned him Sunday.
Insight: Danny Valencia went on the disabled list with a wrist injury. Moustakas hit .355 with a homer and a .960 OPS in eight games with Triple-A Omaha, but he'll return to a .152 average, four homers and a .543 OPS in the majors. He's yet to prove he's more than a Quadruple-A player.
Billy Butler, DH6/1/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has had plenty of success against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Butler has had a season to forget so far, hitting .254 with just 10 extra-base hits, but he's batted .306 against southpaws and is 22-for-63 (.349) with three home runs against Buehrle.
Lorenzo Cain, CFHot5/31/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain had three hits, including a homer, and four RBI Friday at Toronto, but is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cain is batting .339 after collecting 12 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.480). His average is boosted by a .413 BABIP, so enjoy it while it lasts. The team will use left-hand hitter Jarrod Dyson against the young right-hander, Aaron Brooks, who will make his first career start.
Salvador Perez, C5/31/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: The 24-year-old has been a relative disappointment this season, hitting 37 points below his career average (.296) and hasn't had a multi-hit game in a week. He has been dealing with a thumb injury which could be the reason. Brett Hayes (.067) gets the start but has no fantasy value.
Lorenzo Cain, CFHot5/30/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain had three hits, including a homer, and four RBI Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Cain is batting .339 after collecting 12 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.480). His average is boosted by a .413 BABIP, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Alex Gordon, LFHot5/30/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 1-for-2 with a homer, two walks, two RBI, two runs and a steal Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Gordon has batted .395 with three home runs, 13 RBI, seven walks and eight runs in his last 12 games.
Billy Butler, DH5/30/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler had three hits and three runs in four at-bats Friday night.
Insight: All three were singles. Butler has just 10 extra-base hits (one homer) in 221 plate appearances this season and he's batting .249.
Yordano Ventura, SP5/30/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura (elbow) played catch Friday and will throw a light bullpen session Saturday, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Pitching coach Dave Eiland said Ventura "feels fine." If he gets through Saturday's session, he'll throw a full bullpen on Monday. He was diagnosed with a valgus stress overload following his last start, but he may have to miss only one start.
Danny Valencia, 3B5/30/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Royals infielder Danny Valencia (sprained left hand) is back in the lineup for Friday night's series opener with Toronto.
Insight: Valencia became the Royals everyday third baseman with the demotion of Mike Moustakas. He's batting .279 with a homer and seven RBI in 61 at-bats. He'll bat eighth.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/30/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Insight: Thursday Escobar knocked out his first three-hit game of the season. However, he's had a rough go of it lately batting .229 over the past dozen games and Friday isn't likely to be a productive day.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/29/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar ripped three hits Thursday in a ten-inning win over the Blue Jays.
Insight: Tonight was Escobar's first three-hit game of the season. He's had a rough go of it lately (he was four for his last 23 coming into tonight's game) but perhaps Thursday will be the start of a turnaround for the 27-year-old.
Alcides Escobar, SSCold5/29/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has forgotten how to hit over the past two weeks, batting just .196 over that span.
Insight: Escobar hasn't been able to get on much so his stolen base totals have not risen and that's a big portion of his fantasy value. Time to sit him until he finds his swing.