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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Kansas City Royals had their worst week of the season losing all five of their games. They started the home stand against the Cincinnati Reds. On Tuesday the Royals were leading 1-0 until the 9th inning but lost in extra innings. Their weekend series was against the Houston Astros. The Royals pitching staff struggled in the series giving up an average of eight runs per game. The Royals are on a six-game losing streak and have lost 12 of their last 13 games. They have a record of 22-49, which is the second worst record in baseball.

The Royals are starting to fall into a distant fifth in the American League Central. The Chicago White Sox are now two and a half games ahead of the Royals in fourth place. The top three spots in the division are the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. Only five games separate the first and third place teams. The Royals are 15.5 games behind the division leading Indians.

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Jorge Soler suffered a fractured foot and is expected to miss at least six weeks. Soler missed time earlier this month with a foot injury and it appears he re-aggravated the injury last week. Soler was having a breakout year with the Royals this season. He had a .265 batting average and nine home runs. He established himself as a consistent corner outfielder for the team. During his absence Jorge Bonifacio could see a lot of playing time. He will be eligible to return on June 27th from his 80-game PED suspension. Last season Bonifacio saw a lot of playing time and had a .255 batting average and 17 home runs. Bonifacio should be a reliable substitute for Soler while he is injured.

The Royals 2018 first round draft pick Brady Singer was named the Dick Howser Trophy winner. The award is given to the national college player of the year. Singer is a right-handed pitcher the Royals selected 18th overall. Notable pitchers who have won the award in the past are David Price and Stephen Strasburg. Alex Gordon won the award in 2005. This season Singer has a 2.30 ERA. Last season he was a big part of the Florida Gators National Championship run. Brady Singer should be one of the Royals top prospects and could move through their minor league system quickly.

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Next week the Royals will face two American League West opponents. They start at home against the Texas Rangers. The Royals are 2-2 against the Rangers this season.Hunter Dozier will be a player to watch in the series. He has a .375 batting average against the Rangers this season. The weekend series will be on the road against the Houston Astros. The Royals were swept by the Astros this last weekend. Alex Bregman will be a player to watch in the series. He had a .375 batting average against the Royals including two home runs. Next week will be another tough test for the Royals.

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