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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.
Omar Infante, 2B5/29/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is a career .516 hitter (16-for-31) with two homers against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Some guys just know how to handle the knuckleball and Infante (.262, 2 HR, 20 RBI) is one of them.
Yordano Ventura, SP5/27/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura has a "valgus stress overload," according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: The syndrome is a condition in which the repetitive stresses of throwing lead to deterioration in the elbow joint. It could be bad news for Ventura's future, which would be a shame because the 22-year-old's stuff is so electric.
Kyle Zimmer, SP5/27/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer won't play catch for 6-8 weeks due to a lat strain, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: He's Kansas City's top prospect but hasn't pitched at all in 2014 after recording a 4.32 ERA and a 140/36 K/BB in 108 2/3 innings in the minors last season. We don't expect to see the 2012 fifth-overall pick in the majors this season.
Yordano Ventura, SP5/27/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura's MRI showed no structural damage to the elbow, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: Ventura exited in the third inning on Monday after allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3. He averages 96 mph with his fastball, but was throwing just 91 when facing his last batter of the night. He's expected to miss just one or two starts.
Danny Valencia, 3B5/27/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Royals infielder Danny Valencia is expected to miss a few additional days due to a sprained left hand.
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.
Yordano Ventura, SPCold5/26/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura will have an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Ventura exited in the third inning on Monday after allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3. He averages 96 mph with his fastball but was throwing just 91 when facing his last batter of the night. The official reason the team gave for Ventura's exit is "lateral elbow discomfort."
Yordano Ventura, SPCold5/26/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura left Monday's start with a possible injury, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Ventura exited in the third inning with Kansas City's trainer after allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3. He averages 96 mph with his fastball but was throwing just 91 when facing his last batter of the night.
Yordano Ventura, SPCold5/26/2014 8:59:00 AM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura has struggled of late, going 0-3 with a 4.34 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over his last three starts.
Insight: The future is still bright for the 22-year-old. He's struck out 56 batters in 54 2/3 IP and his overall ERA is 2.80. He's just not a great play on Monday, even if it is the Astros.
Danny Valencia, 3B5/26/2014 6:45:00 AM
Description: Royals infielder Danny Valencia missed Sunday's game against the LA Angels due to a sprained left hand.
Insight: Valencia, who has become the Royals everyday first baseman with the demotion of Mike Moustakas, could miss a couple of days, but at least there are no broken bones. He's batting .279 with a homer and seven RBI in 61 at-bats.
Norichika Aoki, RF5/26/2014 6:40:00 AM
Description: Kansas City right fielder Norichika Aoki didn't start Sunday against the Angels, but did end up getting into the game as a pinch runner.
Insight: He dealing with a sore elbow, so the pinch-runner role doesn't necessarily mean he's coming back tomorrow. Lorenzo Cain gets most of the starts in right field for the Royals when Aoki is sidelined.
Norichika Aoki, RF5/25/2014 2:27:00 PM
Description: Kansas City right fielder Norichika Aoki won't be in the lineup Sunday against the Angels. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: He must have tweaked his elbow during Saturday's 13-inning marathon. Lorenzo Cain (.313, 1 HR, 14 RBI) will start in right field for the Royals.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/25/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer notched four hits in Saturday's extra inning victory over Los Angeles.
Insight: All four of his hits were singles. Hosmer had been just one for his last 12 heading into Saturday. His .289 average in 197 at bats leads the team.
Salvador Perez, C5/24/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is back in the lineup after missing the previous three games with an injured hand.
Insight: He's hitting fifth for the first time this season. The 24-year-old has been a relative disappointment this season, hitting 35 points below his career average (.296).
Salvador Perez, C5/23/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez won't be in the lineup Friday against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: Perez's hand is still bothering him. If the injury lingers for much longer, he could be placed on the disabled list. Brett Hayes, who remains hitless on the season (0-for-22), will grab the start behind the plate.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold5/22/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: The Royals have sent struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas down to Triple-A Omaha.
Insight: It was only a matter of a time. Moustakas' production has fallen off a cliff this season and it looks like he's lost all his confidence. The 25-year-old can be safely dropped in all formats.
Salvador Perez, C5/22/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is questionable for Friday's game against the LA Angels.
Insight: Perez is dealing with a sore right thumb/hand. He was just 1-for-12 in his last three games.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/21/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: Kansas City 1B Eric Hosmer can't be thrilled to be facing White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana on Wednesday.
Insight: He's hitting .095 against him with seven punchouts in 21 at bats. Hopefully Hosmer (.290, 1 HR, 21 RBI) isn't your only option at first base today.
Alex Gordon, LF5/21/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has underachieved against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Gordon checks in with a .150 batting average against the left-hander. Even with eight RBI in his last three games, we wouldn't recommend starting Gordon (.271, 3 HR, 24 RBI) Wednesday versus Quintana.
Billy Butler, DH5/21/2014 1:51:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler shouldn't be trusted Wednesday against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Butler is hitting a mere .167 against him in 18 lifetime at bats. We wouldn't be surprised if Butler's hitting streak ended tonight at four games.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/21/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas has a nice matchup waiting for him Wednesday against Chicago.
Insight: He's hitting .421 against today's starting pitcher, Jose Quintana. It's pretty hard to justify owning Moustakas (.152, 4 HR, 17 RBI) at this point but if you do still have him, today would be a nice day to have him in your lineup.
Jason Vargas, SP5/19/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas had a 5-0 lead after one inning Monday against the White Sox, but he failed to make it out of the fifth inning.
Insight: Vargas allowed eight hits, three homers and seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander has had trouble with home runs throughout his career and has given up 10 in 64 2/3 innings this year. He'll take a 3.76 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP into his next start Sunday at Los Angeles, the team he pitched for last season.
Billy Butler, DH5/18/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler was on his game Sunday versus the Orioles.
Insight: He contributed three hits including his seventh double of the season. Butler's average is up to .240. That's still underwhelming by his standards but it's an improvement from earlier this week when he was hitting .226.
Alex Gordon, LF5/18/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Alex Gordon led the charge Sunday in a win against Baltimore.
Insight: Gordon (.268, 3 HR, 22 RBI) finished the day with four hits, three runs scored, a pair of homers and six RBI. The Royals left fielder was started in 86 percent of Yahoo leagues so most owners were able to take advantage of his huge performance.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/18/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is having a solid season, but he's been putrid against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Escobar has gone 4-for-25 (.160) against Jimenez and is unlikely to improve upon his .282 average Sunday.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/18/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B Eric Hosmer is 9-for-23 (.391) with two home runs and six walks against Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Hosmer has just one homer all season but is hitting .294 with 15 doubles. He'll get Jimenez on Sunday.
Danny Duffy, SP5/17/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was perfect for 6 2/3 innings before allowing a single to Adam Jones.
Insight: Duffy finished with seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball with two strikeouts and zero walks. The young left-hander has Tommy John surgery in 2012 and made just five appearances last year, but he's allowed just two runs on six hits in 17 innings since he took over for the injured Bruce Chen in the rotation.
Salvador Perez, CHot5/17/2014 3:06:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup for Saturday.
Insight: Perez has batted .364 over the past two week to raise his average to .269. He's never finished below .292 in any season, so we expect his batting average to continue to rise.
Billy Butler, DH5/15/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a lifetime .533 hitter (8-for-15) with two homers and a 1.763 OPS versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Butler's disappointing numbers to date (.239, 1 HR, 14 RBI) make him a touch selection at this point in time.
Greg Holland, RP5/14/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland has 10 saves in 11 chances and a 2.40 ERA this season.
Insight: He had a terrific 103/18 K/BB in 67 innings last year and he's followed that up with 22 strikeouts and three walks in 15 innings this season.
Jason Vargas, SP 5/14/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has allowed eight hits and two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last two starts after giving up 21 hits and 12 earned runs over 11 1/3 his previous two.
Insight: Vargas limited the Rockies to two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday to earn his fourth victory. He has walked just 1.65 batters per nine innings this season, a career low.
Salvador Perez, CHot5/13/2014 11:07:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez has gone 20-for-56 (.357) with three homers since his massive April slump.
Insight: Perez went 5-for-55 (.091) from April 11-25 and is still digging his way out of the hole. After going 2-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Rockies, the backstop is hitting .267 with four homers on the year.
James Shields, SPHot5/13/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields ran his record to 5-3 with a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields held the high-powered Rockies to one run on five hits and struck out eight with zero walks in seven innings. He has a 2.54 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP this season. The right-hander had a strong year in 2013 as well but didn't win his fifth game until July 26.
Omar Infante, 2B5/13/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante (back) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 7,
Insight: He's batting .267 with 19 RBI and 13 runs scored which puts him well up the list of second basemen.
Omar Infante, 2B5/12/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante didn't return on Saturday or Sunday and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Colorado.
Insight: He's sat out the last four games because of back stiffness. Manager Ned Yost is hopeful Infante won't require a stint on the disabled list. He's batting .267 with 19 RBI and 13 runs scored which puts him well up the list of second basemen.
Alcides Escobar, SS5/11/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar connected on his first career grand slam Sunday in a win over Seattle.
Insight: The home run was just his second of the season. He's hitting .250 in 40 at bats this month. Escobar hit .298 with ten RBI in the month of April.
Omar Infante, 2B5/8/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante isn't expected to return until Saturday at the earliest. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: He's sat out the last two games because of back stiffness. Manager Ned Yost is hopeful Infante won't require a stint on the disabled list. Among second basemen, only Arizona's Aaron Hill has produced more RBI than Infante this season (19 in 120 at bats).
Omar Infante, 2B5/8/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante won't be available Thursday against Seattle. SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Insight: He's dealing with a back injury. Utility man Danny Valencia (.273, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will start at second base for the second straight night.
Danny Valencia, 3B5/7/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Royals infielder Danny Valencia bashed three hits Wednesday in an 8-0 win over San Diego.
Insight: Wednesday marked Valencia's second multi-hit effort of the season. Valencia could be in line to see more at bats if Mike Moustakas (.152, 4 HR, 14 RBI) continues to struggle.
Norichika Aoki, RF5/7/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki collected three hits Wednesday in a win against San Diego.
Insight: It's his third three-hit game of the season. All three of the hits were singles. Aoki doesn't hit for much power (homerless in 127 at bats this season) and his OPS this year (.677) is well below his career average (.746). Despite the good game on Wednesday, Aoki isn't a particularly exciting fantasy option.
Eric Hosmer, 1BHot5/7/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B Eric Hosmer smashed three hits in Wednesday's win over San Diego.
Insight: Hosmer had an excellent series, going 7-for-15 with seven RBI during the team's three-game visit to Petco Park. His batting average is now up to .306 for the season. That's tied for 14th-best in the American League.
James Shields, SPHot5/7/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields was on fire Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: Shields (4-3, 2.70 ERA) scattered seven hits over seven shutout innings. He's now 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA over his last five appearances. Take away an eight-run outing against the Tigers last week and that ERA dips to 1.05.
Yordano Ventura, SPHot5/6/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura struck out 10 batters in six innings Monday at San Diego.
Insight: Ventura has 41 Ks, 11 BBs and a 2.00 ERA in 36 innings this season. He's the AL Rookie of the Year frontrunner.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/6/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit his first homer of the season Monday at San Diego.
Insight: Hosmer went 3-for-6 with three RBI in the game and is hitting .296 with a .754 OPS this season. The first baseman also went all of April last year without hitting a homer and had just one in his first 61 games but finished with 16 in his last 98.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/5/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is getting the night off Monday against the Padres. SOURCE: Bob Scanlan, Padres play-by-play
Insight: What do you still have Moustakas for anyway? The guy is hitting .151 with 20 strikeouts in 93 at bats. No matter how bad your team is at third base right now, Moustakas isn't the answer.
Lorenzo Cain, CF5/5/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's missed the last 17 games with a strained groin. Cain's return will probably prevent Jarrod Dyson (.289, 0 HR, 4 RBI) from seeing regular at bats.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/4/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is still looking for his first homer this season.
Insight: He went 0-for-5 Sunday against the Tigers and is batting .286 with a .717 OPS. The first baseman also went all of April last year without hitting a homer and had just one in his first 61 games but finished with 16 in his last 98.
Jason Vargas, SPCold5/4/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has allowed 21 hits and 12 earned runs in his last two starts (11 1/3 innings).
Insight: Vargas had a 1.54 ERA after his first five starts but he's up to 3.50 after giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits in five innings Sunday against the Tigers. If you still have a chance to sell him based on his sub-4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, do it. He doesn't strike out many batters (5.05 K/9) and is homer-prone.
Billy Butler, DH5/4/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler loves facing Tigers starter Justin Verlander. In 71 lifetime at bats, he's hitting .437 against him with two homers and 11 RBI.
Insight: That's pretty convincing. Ignore Butler's disappointing numbers (.231, 1 HR, 12 RBI) and plug him into your lineup ASAP.
Salvador Perez, C5/4/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez has done quite well against Justin Verlander in 24 lifetime at bats.
Insight: Perez is back in the lineup after sitting out Saturday's game with a sore shin. He's hitting .458 with ten RBI against Verlander. That's must-start material.
Alex Gordon, LF5/3/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon faces a tough matchup Saturday against Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly.
Insight: Gordon is 1-for-12 against Smyly with seven strikeouts. That shouldn't make fantasy owners want to start him on Saturday.
Billy Butler, DH5/3/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Kansas City DH Billy Butler owns Tigers starter Drew Smyly.
Insight: He's 5-for-6 against the left-hander. Butler's .236 average certainly isn't appealing to fantasy owners but this matchup is. Get him into your lineup ASAP.
Alcides Escobar, SSCold5/2/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is 1-for-21 (.048) versus Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: Escobar's hot streak is over and he's batting just .222 this week after an 11-game stretch in which he batted .417 from April 11-22.
Eric Hosmer, 1B5/2/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is a career .357 hitter against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello with a pair of homers and a 1.223 OPS.
Insight: Hosmer is still hitting for a decent average this season (.299), but hasn't hit a home run after averaging almost 17 over the past three seasons. Today could be his lucky day.
Mike Moustakas, 3B5/1/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas is not in Thursday's starting lineup versus Toronto.
Insight: Moustakas, was hot about a week ago, but has reverted back to the sub .200 hitter he has been for most of the season. After going 2-for-18 over the past five games, he's down to .149. Danny Valencia (.286) will start.
Chris Getz, 2B5/1/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Chris Getz isn't likely on anyone's radar, but he's a career .583 hitter (7-for-12) against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Getz has just six at-bats this season, but could be a nice surprise for a cheap price.
Salvador Perez, C4/30/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez launched his second homer of the season Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Perez (.250, 2 HR, 10 RBI) added a two-run double an inning later to finish the night with four RBI. He's had a mediocre first month but fantasy owners shouldn't give up on him.
Lorenzo Cain, CF4/28/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (15-day disabled list) could return sometime this week, according to general manager Dayton Moore. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star.
Insight: He's been recovering from a Grade 1 groin strain. Cain was off to a hot start, batting .333 with seven runs scored in 12 games.
Omar Infante, 2B4/27/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante drove in six runs Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Infante (.279, 2 HR, 17 RBI) had an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly in the first and third innings, respectively, a two-run double in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh.
Salvador Perez, CCold4/26/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is hitless in eight at bats versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Perez is 1-for29 over his last seven games. He's a .292 career hitter, but has started off slowly, batting just .203 through the first 21 games. This matchup won't help.
Billy Butler, DH4/26/2014 1:22:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12) against Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: We're still waiting for Butler to show up this season. he's batting just .207 with no homers and eight RBI. Perhaps today.
Yordano Ventura, SPHot4/25/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura was electric Friday at Baltimore.
Insight: The flamethrower held the O's scoreless and struck out eight over eight innings in a 5-0 win. Ventura gave up four runs on six hits and walked four over four innings in his previous start but otherwise has been excellent this season. Overall, he's 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 27 Ks in 25 innings.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/25/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is a career .364 hitter against Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez with a pair of homers and a 1.098 OPS.
Insight: Hosmer is hitting for a decent average this season (.301), but he's yet to go deep. Also beware that the weather in Baltimore is questionable with rain in the forecast this evening.
Billy Butler, DHCold4/24/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 0-for-4 Thursday at Cleveland and his average is back down to .195.
Insight: Butler had a streak of productivity (9-for-27), but he's gone 0-for-8 his last two games. The lead-footed DH has a career-high ground-ball rate of 65.1 percent, a career-worst 18.4 percent K rate and just two extra-base hits (zero HR) this season.
Salvador Perez, C4/24/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Perez was zero for his last 21 going into Wednesday's game, but did hit his first home run of the season. He's a .292 career hitter, but has started off slowly, batting just .213 through the first 20 games.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot4/24/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: The suddenly hot-hitting Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas has a favorable matchup on Thursday.
Insight: Moustakas, who has homered in the last two games and has has four homers and 10 RBI over his last eight games, is a career 6-for-12 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. You won't hear this often, but start Moustakas.
Salvador Perez, CCold4/23/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez hit his first home run of the season Wednesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Perez was zero for his last 21 going into Wednesday's game and has watched his average drop from .300 to .213.
Mike Moustakas, 3B 4/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas homered for the second straight game Wednesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Moustakas has drilled four homers and driven in 10 runs over his last eight games but he's still just 11-for-69 (.159) this season. This is the second straight year he raked in spring training and then got off to an ice cold start.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer blasted four hits Tuesday in an 8-2 win over Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer hasn't found his home run stroke yet (still homerless in 74 at bats) but who needs the long ball when you're hitting over .300? Here's another thing Hosmer owners should be thrilled about: the 24-year-old has just six strikeouts in 19 games. With a contact rate like that, Hosmer should be in for a great season.
James Shields, SPHot4/17/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Kansas City ace James Shields shut down Houston on Thursday night.
Insight: Shields delivered 12 punchouts in eight innings of work as the Royals won by a score of 5-1. Thursday was the right-hander's first victory since September 27th.
Lorenzo Cain, CF4/17/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is headed to the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: He suffered a Grade 1 groin strain in Wednesday night's extra inning win over Houston. That's good news for Jarrod Dyson, who will take over center field duties during Cain's absence.
Bruce Chen, RP4/17/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Bruce Chen will miss Thursday's scheduled start against Houston due to tightness in left glute.
Insight: The 36-year-old Chen had a 9-4 record with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 121 frames last year, but has started slowly this spring.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/17/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Kansas City 1B Eric Hosmer is just 1-for-10 versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Hosmer is batting a respectable .286, but is still looking for his first home run. Avoid him on Thursday.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/16/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas won't be in the starting lineup Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: He's off to a miserable start with just four hits in his first 40 at bats. Danny Valencia hasn't been much better (.125 AVG) but he'll get the start at third base on Wednesday.
Norichika Aoki, RFCold4/16/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki is getting the night off Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: Aoki is just two for his last 19 (.105) and could probably use a night off to clear his head. Justin Maxwell (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will start in right field for Kansas City.
Yordano Ventura, SPHot4/16/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura picked up his first career win Tuesday at Houston.
Insight: Ventura touched 100 mph with his fastball and struck out seven batters over seven innings. He gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) and has a 0.69 ERA and 13 Ks in 13 innings this season.
Jason Vargas, SPHot4/13/2014 8:54:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has a 1.64 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in 22 innings this year.
Insight: Last year, the Royals acquisition of Angels starter Ervin Santana worked pretty well, so they decided to try it again with Vargas. The 31-year-old had a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 150 innings last year and has never had an ERA better than 3.78 in a season. The extreme fly-ball pitcher is a good match for the Royals, who have two of the best defensive outfielders in the AL in Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain, but he won't keep up what he has done so far.
Omar Infante, 2B4/11/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante (jaw) is in the starting lineup Friday, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Infante suffered a sprained jaw and required six stitches when he was hit in the face by a Heath Bell pitch on April 7.
Alex Gordon, LF4/9/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon had a big day at the plate Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Gordon had two hits, including a homer, and four RBI in four at-bats. The left fielder has averaged 19 homers, 80 RBI, 95 runs and 13 steals over the past three years. He's batting lower in the order this year, so expect fewer runs and more RBI.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/9/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Yordano Ventura's major league debut Tuesday versus the Rays was a success (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 K's, 0 BB).
Insight: It's only April, but you already get the feeling this kid is going to be something special. Expect the 22-year-old to be in the running for Rookie of the Year honors this season.
Omar Infante, 2B4/8/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a Heath Bell pitch Monday night, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Infante suffered a sprained jaw and required six stitches. He'll be re-evaluated in a couple of days. Danny Valencia will take over at second base until Infante returns.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will hit the bench Sunday with Chris Sale on the mound for Chicago, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: The Royals acquired Danny Valencia for his ability to hit lefties, and he'll start Sunday. A second straight scorching spring training has led to a second straight ice cold April for Moustakas, who is 0-for-15 this season. It's still early, but fantasy owners don't have much patience for the 25-year-old third baseman after underwhelming seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Norichika Aoki, RF4/6/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Royals RF Norichika Aoki is out of the starting lineup Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Aoki is off to a 4-for-16 start with two doubles, three walks and one steal with his new team. He's getting a day off with lefty Chris Sale on the mound.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/6/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has gone 4-for-20 with seven strikeouts against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
Insight: A second straight scorching spring training has led to a second straight ice cold April for Moustakas, who is 0-for-15 this season. It's still early, but fantasy owners don't have much patience for the 25-year-old third baseman after underwhelming seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Eric Hosmer, 1B4/6/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: White Sox starter Chris Sale has fanned Eric Hosmer eight times in 25 at-bats.
Insight: Hosmer has gone 5-for-14 (.357) in 2014 but he's still looking for his first homer. He's unlikely to get it off Sale, who has limited Hosmer to six hits (five singles) in 25 at-bats (.240).
Billy Butler, DH4/6/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler hasn't had much of an issue against White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Butler has gone 3-for-12 with two RBI, four walks and zero strikeouts in his first four games and he has hit .412 (14-for-34) with two doubles and three homers against Sale.
Bruce Chen, RP4/5/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Bruce Chen surrendered one (unearned) run and struck out seven batters in 6 1/3 innings Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: The 36-year-old Chen has been around since 1998 and owns a career ERA of 4.47, but he had a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 121 frames last year (3.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in 87 1/3 innings as a starter).
Billy Butler, DH4/5/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 1-for-2 with two RBI Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Butler has gone 3-for-12 with two RBI, four walks and zero strikeouts in his first four games. The 27-year-old tailed off from his career year in 2012 and hit .289 with 15 homers, 82 RBI and a .786 OPS last season.
Mike Moustakas, 3BCold4/5/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is still seeking his first hit of the season and it's unlikely to come against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Moustakas is 1-for-11 versus Danks. We've been waiting for three years for Moustakas to produce and another slow start may be the end of his fantasy relevance.
Alcides Escobar, SSCold4/5/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitless in 10 at-bats versus White Sox left-hander John Danks with four strikeouts.
Insight: Escobar is also hitless on the season (0-for-11). Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
Yordano Ventura, SP4/3/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Royals hurler Yordano Ventura will be skipped in the rotation after his scheduled start on Thursday was rained out, according to Lynn Henning.
Insight: He'll likely make his first start on Tuesday against Tampa Bay. He has been dominant this spring and should be drafted/claimed in all leagues.
Salvador Perez, C4/3/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is hitless in nine at-bats against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Perez has gotten out of the gate quickly, batting .714 (5-for-7) through the first two games. He's a career .304 hitter and has the talent to hit 20 homers, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Jason Vargas, SP4/2/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Jason Vargas gave up five hits and one earned run while striking out six in seven innings Wednesday at Detroit.
Insight: Vargas joined the Royals this offseason after spending one year with the Angels. The lefty is an extreme fly-ball pitcher who is prone to homers and doesn't strike many people out. He went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 150 frames last season and is best left for AL-only owners.
Mike Moustakas, 3B4/2/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is still seeking his first hit of the season, but he'll be hard-pressed to get it against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Moustakas is just a .130 hitter in this matchup with more than twice as many strikeouts (7) than hits (3) in 23 career at-bats. Avoid him today.
Alex Gordon, LF4/2/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is a .393 lifetime hitter against Detroit ace Max Scherzer with a pair of homers and a 1.229 OPS.
Insight: Gordon's .265 average was the lowest since 2010, but he was still a solid across the board contributor with 90 runs, 20 HR, 81 RBI and 11 steals. This is a favorable matchup.
Salvador Perez, C3/31/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez crushed four hits Monday in a season-opening loss to Detroit.
Insight: Perez has quickly become one of the best hitting catchers in baseball. Since making his debut in 2011, the Royals backstop is hitting .304 with 27 HR and 141 RBI in 937 at bats. Three of his four hits Monday came off former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.
Mike Moustakas, 3B3/31/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hasn't had much luck against Justin Verlander in the past.
Insight: Moustakas is hitting a dismal .182 against Verlander in 33 at bats. Third base isn't a deep position this year but there are certainly much better options than Moustakas (.233, 12 HR, 42 RBI in 2013). Leave him on your bench today.
Billy Butler, DH3/31/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler loves facing Justin Verlander.
Insight: Somehow, he's managed a .441 batting average against him in 68 at bats. Butler's fantasy value is tough to gage because he isn't eligible at first base in all formats but he's certainly worth starting today against Verlander.
Omar Infante, 2B3/31/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante will start Monday against Detroit. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: Infante (.318, 10 HR, 51 RBI in 2013) missed time with elbow issues during spring training but is ready to go for Opening Day. He'll bat second behind leadoff man Norichika Aoki.
Salvador Perez, C3/26/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez does not have a concussion and says he is fine, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Perez took a curveball off his helmet behind the left ear on Wednesday and walked off under his own power. The 23-year-old hit .292 with 13 home runs, 79 RBI and a .756 OPS in 138 games last season and has a career .301 average in 933 at bats.
Salvador Perez, C3/26/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez took a curveball off his helmet during an at-bat and left Wednesday's game, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Perez walked off under his own power and will presumably be checked for a concussion. The 23-year-old hit .292 with 13 home runs, 79 RBI and a .756 OPS in 138 games last season and has a career .301 average in 933 at-bats.
Omar Infante, 2B3/25/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante admitted that his elbow still bothers him when he throws and hits. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: Infante played in a minor league game Tuesday while wearing a sleeve on his elbow. He is still hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but he's running out of time.
James Shields, SPHot3/23/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields has struck out 24 batters without issuing a walk in 20 2/3 innings during spring training.
Insight: Shields had a 3.15 ERA, a 1.24 ERA and a 196/68 K/BB in 228 2/3 innings last season. He has thrown at least 203 1/3 frames in each of the last seven seasons and is a very safe mid-tier option who is undervalued (Yahoo ADP: 94).
Danny Duffy, SP3/23/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy will begin the year in the minors.
Insight: Duffy lost the fifth spot in the rotation to Yordano Ventura. The hard-throwing Duffy's career was been set back by Tommy John surgery, but he returned to post a 1.85 ERA and 22 Ks in 24 1/3 innings last season. He'll be the first pitcher called up if Kansas City needs an injury replacement in the rotation.
Mike Moustakas, 3B3/21/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas played six innings at second base on Thursday.
Insight: He's a third baseman and this is likely just a emergency option if needed, but its interesting to note that his value would likely rise if he became second-base eligible.
Omar Infante, 2B3/19/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante received a cortisone shot in his elbow on Tuesday. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: This comes just a week and a half after dealing with shoulder inflammation. None of this bodes well for the 32-year-old after missing more than a month last season because of a sprained ankle. If by some miracle Infante recovers quickly and can stay relatively healthy throughout the season, he could hit close to .300.
Yordano Ventura, SP3/17/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals will likely name Yordano Ventura to their starting rotation as early as this week.
Insight: MLB.com's No. 35 prospect in all of baseball possesses an upper-90s fastball and struck out 155 batters in 134 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season before posting a 3.52 ERA and 11 Ks in 15 1/3 innings with the Royals. He has been dominant this spring and should be drafted in all leagues.
Yordano Ventura, SP3/16/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Yordano Ventura has emerged as the leading candidate to fill the No. 5 spot in Kansas City's starting rotation. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star
Insight: The 22-year-old posted a 3.52 ERA in three starts for the Royals in 2013. So far this spring, he's 0-1 with seven strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings.
Mike Moustakas, 3BHot3/14/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas, hoping to rebound from a sub par 2013, is batting .500 this spring with four homers and a 1.595 OPS.
Insight: Yes, we know its spring training, but anything that Moustakas and his fantasy owners can hang their hat on is a good thing. This best thing about his 28 spring at-bats is he's struck out just four times.
Ervin Santana, SP3/11/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves could make a run at Ervin Santana.
Insight: The Blue Jays, Orioles and Twins have already offered Santana a deal, but the Braves could jump in late following injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy. Going to the National League and facing teams like the Marlins and Mets frequently would be great for Santana's fantasy value.
Brad Penny, SP3/7/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Kansas City has parted ways with veteran righthander Brad Penny. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: Penny was having an awful spring training (15.75 ERA in two appearances) and the fact that he punched a wall and hurt his hand probably didn't help matters. The two-time All-Star hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2012 and we'd be surprised if he ever does again.
Luke Hochevar, SP3/7/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to manager Ned Yost, ending his 2014 season.
Insight: Hochevar, the 2006 first-overall pick, found his niche last season as a reliever, throwing 70 1/3 innings and posting a 1.92 ERAm a 0.83 WHIP and 82 strikeouts.
Omar Infante, 2B3/6/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante will sit out Friday's spring training game versus the Giants. SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Insight: He's dealing with some inflammation in his right shoulder. Infante (.318, 10 HR, 51 RBI in 2013) shouldn't miss more than a few days.
Luke Hochevar, SP3/5/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and will be shut down for at least two weeks, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Manager Ned Yost said the best-case scenario is that Hochevar will be able to return by late-May or June, but he'll have to undergo Tommy John surgery if rest doesn't help. Hochevar, the 2006 first-overall pick, was a failed starter, going 38-59 with a 5.39 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in his first six seasons, but he was excellent in relief last season, throwing 70 1/3 innings and posting a 1.92 ERAm a 0.83 WHIP and 82 strikeouts. The team was expected to give him another look in the rotation this spring, but that plan is out the window even if he is able to avoid surgery.
Ervin Santana, SP2/22/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: A source told Ken Rosenthal that Ervin Santana would rather sit out until after the MLB Draft in June than accept a one-year contract like Nelson Cruz' $8 million deal with the Orioles.
Insight: Teams have been hesitant to sign Santana because of the draft pick compensation attached to him. That compensation disappears after the draft. The right-hander pitched for the Royals last season and turned down their $14.1 million qualifying offer.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B2/12/2014 2:44:00 PM
Description: The Royals officially released infielder Emilio Bonifacio on Wednesday. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: He was placed on waivers earlier this week. Bonifacio is gifted with elite speed but not much else. His career batting average is only .262. We'll see if he catches on with someone in time for spring training.
Ervin Santana, SP2/11/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: After striking out with Bronson Arroyo, the Orioles have now shifted their attention to signing righthander Ervin Santana. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Santana, A.J. Burnett and Ubaldo Jimenez are probably the three best starters left on the market now that Arroyo has signed with the Diamondbacks. Baltimore would have to give up a draft pick to sign Santana (9-10, 3.24 ERA in Kansas City), which is probably why he remains unsigned despite the fact that pitchers and catchers report to camp in less than a week.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B2/2/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: The Royals designated utilty man Emilio Bonifacio for assignment on Saturday. SOURCE: Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star
Insight: That opens up a roster spot for lefthander Bruce Chen. Bonifacio lost his spot at second base when the team inked Omar Infante to a four-year contract earlier this offseason. The 28-year-old is just a .262 lifetime hitter but he's an intriguing fantasy possibility because of his elite speed and positional flexibility.
Ervin Santana, SP1/13/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: The Orioles, Twins and Yankees have all requested medical records for righthander Ervin Santana. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: That doesn't necessarily mean that he's going to sign with any of them but there does appear to be some interest. Any team that signs Santana (9-10, 3.24 ERA) will have to give up a draft pick, which may be why he hasn't generated much interest on the open market this winter.
Ramon Hernandez, C1/7/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez has accepted a minor league deal with Kansas City. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The deal includes an invite to spring training. Hernandez saw just 17 games of action last season, connecting on three homers in 48 at bats for the Dodgers. The best case scenario is that he backs up Salvador Perez (.292, 13 HR, 79 RBI) next season.
Omar Infante, 2BHot12/13/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Second baseman Omar Infante is headed to Kansas City. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: He signed for four years and about $30 million. The Yankees were also in on him but they only offered Infante three years and $24 million. Infante hit .318 for the Tigers last year but is just a .279 career hitter. Expect him to come back to Earth a little in 2014.
Norichika Aoki, RF12/5/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Outfielder Norichika Aoki has been traded from Milwaukee to Kansas City.
Insight: Aoki hasn't shown a lot of power, but he's averaged 25 SB in his to seasons with Milwaukee. If he earns a spot at the top of the Royals lineup he could have a solid value as a No. 3 fantasy outfield. He's a career .287 hitter with a .355 OBP and a .755 OPS.
Michael Mariot, SP11/22/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: The Royals added minor league RP Michael Mariot to their 40-man roster.
Insight: Mariot had 11 saves with a 3.56 ERA and 1.385 WHIP in the minors last season. The move was to protect him from being a Rule 5 Draft casualty. The Royals already have an excellent closer in Greg Holland (47 saves, 1.21 ERA, 0.867 WHIP) so Mariot likely doesn't have much fantasy value in 2014.
Jason Vargas, SP11/21/2013 9:34:00 PM
Description: The Kansas City Royals signed Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract Thursday.
Insight: After four seasons with Seattle, Vargas fired 150 innings and went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 24 starts with the Angels in 2013. He'll presumably take former Angel Ervin Santana's spot in the Royals rotation. He's a mediocre fantasy option due to his high WHIP and lack of Ks.
Ervin Santana, SP11/13/2013 9:37:00 PM
Description: Starting pitcher Ervin Santana is aiming for a five-year, $112 million contract in free agency. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: That's simply not going to happen. Anibal Sanchez settled for a five-year, $80 million deal last offseason and he's twice as good as Santana. The righthander turned down Kansas City's qualifying offer, which means that whoever signs him will have to give up a draft pick.
James Shields, SP10/31/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: The Royals have exercised James Shields' team option for 2014. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star
Insight: Shields (13-9, 3.15 ERA) will earn $13.5 million in base salary next season. He was dominant in his first year in KC and should be again in 2014.


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