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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Kansas City Royals struggled only winning one of their six games last week. They started at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Royals were swept in the three game series, only averaging three runs per game. The weekend series was at home against the New York Yankees. The Royals won the first game but lost the final two, including a 10-1 defeat on Sunday.

 

The Royals are currently 14-32 this season. They are in last place in the American League Central. The Cleveland Indians lead the division. The Chicago White Sox are just ahead of the Royals. They are 0.5 games ahead in the standings. The Royals are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in baseball.

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Whit Merrifield has been one of the Royals strongest offensive performers. Merrifield has a .292 batting average and four home runs this season. He also has 12 stolen bases, which is the second most in the American League behind Mariners Dee Gordon. Last season Merrifield led the American League in steals. He extended his hit streak last week to 12 games before losing it on Sunday. It was the fifth longest in the MLB and second longest on the team this season. Mike Moustakas had a 14 game streak earlier this season. Merrifield had a breakout season with the Royals last year and continues to play well this season.Image result for hunter dozier royals

Hunter Dozier was called up last week to play first base for the injured Lucas Duda. Dozier made his first start this season on Monday. It was his first major league start since the 2016 season. In six games Dozier has a .250 batting average 1.000 fielding percentage at first base. Dozier initially started his career at third base and in the outfield but played first base in spring training because of the departure of Eric Hosmer. He has played well in his first week at first base in the MLB.

 

The Royals will face two opponents on the road this week. They will start against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Last season the Royals were 0-4 against the Cardinals. Cardinal outfielder Tommy Pham will be a player to watch. This season he has a .312 batting average and eight home runs. Pham has the second highest BABIP in the National League. The Royals weekend series will be against the Texas Rangers. Last season the Royals were 1-6 against the Rangers. Pitcher Bartolo Colon will be a player to watch in the series. This season he has an ERA of 2.82, ninth in the American League this season and a WHIP of 0.84, third in the American League this season. Colon’s most notable match-up with the Royals was in the 2015 World Series when he played with the New York Mets. The Royals will face two teams on the road this week that they struggled against last season.

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