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Royally Yours: Season Recap

The Royals wrapped up their 2016 season Sunday. Last week they won their series against the Minnesota Twins and were swept by the Cleveland Indians at home. It was a disappointing way to end their season.

Central W L PCT GB E# WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
y-Cleveland 94 67 .584 6-4 W3 53-28 41-39 10/2 @ KC, W 3-2 10/6 vs BOS
Detroit 86 75 .534 8.0 E 2.5 5-5 L2 45-35 41-40 10/2 @ ATL, L 0-1
Kansas City 81 81 .500 13.5 E 8.0 4-6 L4 47-34 34-47 10/2 vs CLE, L 2-3
Chi White Sox 78 84 .481 16.5 E 11.0 6-4 L2 45-36 33-48 10/2 vs MIN, L 3-6
Minnesota 59 103 .364 35.5 E 30.0 4-6 W2 30-51 29-52 10/2 @ CWS, W 6-3

 

Kansas City finished third in the American League Central. It was their lowest finish since 2013. Their final record for the 2016 season was 81-81. The Cleveland Indians won the division and finished 13.5 games ahead of the Royals. The Detroit Tigers finished second 5.5 games ahead of the Royals. Kansas City finished with a 46-30 record against American League Central opponents.

 

cheslorcuthbertroyalserichosmerroyalsMany players had strong offensive performances in 2016. Cheslor Cuthbert led the team in batting average. It was his first full season in the MLB and showed that he is one of the Royals best young players. Kendrys Morales led the team in home runs at 30. It was the second season in a row that he led the Royals in home runs. Eric Hosmer led the Royals in RBI’s. His 104 RBI’s are the most in his career. Lorenzo Cain led the team in hits and offensive WAR. Cain’s injury problems at the end of the year had a big impact on the Royals offense.

 

The Royals will have to make some big decisions this off-season about their players hitting free agency. The two biggest free agents this off-season are Edinson Volquez and Kendrys Morales. Both players were key to the Royals World Series win last season. The Royals will likely target pitchers this off-season and it is unknown if Volquez will return in 2017. Kendrys Morales won the Silver Slugger in the American League last season. Morales has been a good player for the Royals the last two seasons but they will probably try to find a more consistent designated hitter in the off-season.

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It was a disappointing season for the Royals but they should be better in 2017. They suffered injuries to key players this season that hurt their playoff chances. Mike Moustakas was lost early in the season to a torn ACL. He absence was felt on both offense and defense. Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez also missed valuable time this season due to injury. If the Royals can stay healthy in 2017 they will likely return to the playoffs. Overall it was not the season the Royals hoped for but they will return a lot of talent next season. If they are at full strength next season they should be one of the best teams in the American League.

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