Kansas City Royals
2014 Avg.
.267
 
Career Avg.
.296
Name  Billy Butler
Born  4/18/1986
Height  6-1
Weight  240
Number  16
Position  DH
Bats  R
Throws  R
7/13/2014 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.
 
7/8/2014 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.
 
Hot6/16/2014 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.
 
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.
 
Cold6/10/2014 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).
 
6/1/2014 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.
 
5/30/2014 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.
 
5/21/2014 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.
 
5/18/2014 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.
 
5/15/2014 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.
 
5/4/2014 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.
 
5/3/2014 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.
 
4/26/2014 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.
 
Cold4/24/2014 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.
 
4/6/2014 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.
 
4/5/2014 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.
 
3/31/2014 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.
 
9/27/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is 11-for-31 (.355) with three home runs against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Butler's power numbers are down, with just 14 HR this season and 40 extra base hits versus 29 and 62, respectively, last season, but this is a favorable matchup.
 
9/17/2013 12:02:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is just 1-for-12 (.083) with five strikeouts against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Butler's power numbers are down, with just 14 HR this season and 39 extra base hits versus 29 and 62, respectively, last season. Avoid this matchup.
 
t9/13/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is the rare hitter with success versus Detroit first-game starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Butler is a career .431 hitter (28-for-65) with a pair of homers and a 1.085 OPS against the ace right-hander.