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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Royals are starting to turn their season around winning both of their series last week. They have a 7-3 record in their last ten games and are in first in the American League Central. While the Royals are playing better they lost some key players to injury last week.

 

MikeMoustakas2It was announced Thursday that Mike Moustakas would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. He injured his knee when he collided with Alex Gordon trying to catch a foul ball. Cheslor Cuthbert will replace Moustakas at third base. Cuthbert has a .257 batting average this season and .978 fielding percentage.

 

Alex Gordon was also injured in the collision. Gordon is on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a broken wrist. Gordon was struggling on offense this year with a .211 batting average. His time on the DL could help turn around his season.

 

MLB: OCT 24 World Series - Royals at Giants - Game 3The third and perhaps most important injury to the Royals this week was to Gold Glove catcher Salvador Perez. He injured his leg in a collision with Cheslor Cuthbert on Saturday. Perez had to be helped off the field and looked to be in a lot of pain. He suffered a quad contusion and is expected to miss 7-10 days. The Royals decided not to put him on the disabled list and to see how long the injury lasts. The Royals will miss Perez’s fielding and offense. He has a perfect fielding percentage and has seven home runs this season, which ranks second on the team.

 

The Royals called up two rookies and they have made an immediate impact. Whit Merrifield has already played left field, second base and third base this season. Merrifield adds depth at many positions, which is very valuable for the Royals who are dealing with injuries. The Royals called up Brett Eibner from AAA this week and has already made a difference on offense. On Saturday he drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. In his three starts RoyalsCelebrationthis season he has a .344 batting average and has two RBI’s. Both Rookies are a nice addition to the Royals.

 

With their win over the White Sox on Sunday the Royals moved into first in the American League Central. The Royals are one half game ahead of the Cleveland Indians and one game ahead of the Chicago White Sox. They are five games above .500 and have won their last five series.

 

The Royals will face the Tampa Bay Rays at home this week and will play the Cleveland Indians on the road this weekend. The Rays are in last place in the American League East and are seven games behind the division leading Red Sox. The Royals will face the Rays ace Chris Archer on Wednesday. Archer has failed to live up to expectations this year. He has a 4.62 ERA and a 3-6 record. The Indians are one half game behind the Royals in the Central. The series this weekend will be very important to the American League Central standings.

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