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31 Games Below .500

Royals Coverage
June 24, 2018 - 5:27 pm
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-The Royals (23-54) dropped the rubber game in Houston, 11-3, on Sunday afternoon.

-Jason Hammel allowed seven earned runs in four innings of work.

-Kansas City's defense committed three errors that led to at least two runs for the Astros. 

2018 GAME MVP LEADERBOARD

  • 8 - Jason Hammel
  • 6 - Moose, Junis, Kennedy
  • 5 - Merrifield, Duda
  • 4 - Gordon, Duffy
  • 3 - Perez, Keller, Soler, Flynn
  • 2 - Esky, Dozier, Mac, Skogs, Chess
  • 1 - Drew, Abe, Burch, Rosell, Goins, Barlow, Oaks

-Heath Fillmyer made his Major League debut. He came to the Royals in an offseason trade that sent Brandon Moss and Ryan Buchter to Oakland.

-The 24-year-old right-hander is ranked by MLB.com as the Royals 22nd-best prospect. He allowed two runs in four innings of relief.

-Rosell Herrera drove in a run with a seventh inning single. He's collected an RBI in four of his last six games.

MINOR LEAGUE THREE STARS

  • CF Donnie Dewees (24)
    • AAA-Omaha
    • Royals #15 Prospect
    • 3-for-4, BB, 3B, HR (1), 2 RBI
    • hitting .412 in 4 games since promotion
  • INF Gabriel Cancel (21)
    • High-A Wilmington
    • Royals #21 Prospect
    • 3-for-4, HR (4), 3 RBI, 2 R
  • RHP Trevor Oaks (25)
    • AAA-Omaha
    • Royals #13 Prospect
    • 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
    • 16.1 IP, 1 ER in 3 starts since demotion

-Lucas Duda put the Royals on the board with a solo shot in the fourth inning. It was his first hit since returning from a rehab assignment.

-Duda was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly from Abraham Almonte.

-The 32-year-old first baseman looks rough when running the bases. He was never confused with a speed demon, but it's uncomfortable to watch him move on the base paths.

2018 PLAY OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 11 - Mike Moustakas
  • 10 - Jorge Soler
  • 9 - Gordon, Perez
  • 8 - Whit Merrifield
  • 6 - Alcides Escobar
  • 4 - Butera, Duda
  • 3 - Hunter Dozier
  • 2 - Keller, Herrera
  • 1 - Junis, Ian, Abe, Adam, Oaks

-The Royals brought Duda back from his rehab assignment before he had even played a game in the field. It shows you their desperation to showcase his hitting ability prior to the July 31st trade deadline. 

-If the Royals are having a tough time finding trade partners for Mike Moustakas, you would have to imagine that finding a match for Duda would be even more arduous.

-Remember that this year's trade deadline is difficult for a "seller" like Kansas City because the American League playoff race is basically over. Boston, New York, Houston and Cleveland have basically claimed four of the five available spots in the postseason. Seattle leads the Angels by more than five games for the final spot, and the Angels injuries are mounting.

2018 BLUE-COLLAR PLAYER OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 10 - Whit Merrifield
  • 6 - Jorge Soler
  • 5 - Brad Keller
  • 4 - Moose, Junis, A1, Hill, Mac
  • 3 - Salvador Perez
  • 2 - Escobar, Flynn, Cuthbert, Duda
  • 1 - Duff, Ian, Burch, Abe, Dozier, Heath, Wily, Fans, Goins, Butera, Grimm, Adam, Barlow

-Alex Gordon is well on his way to a sixth Gold Glove. He made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Jose Altuve of an RBI double in the first inning.

-In the first inning, Gordon stole the 100th base of his career. He's the 15th player in franchise history to reach that mark.

-The Royals have dropped seven-straight series. They're 3-19-3 in 25 series this season.

-Abraham Almonte reached base three times on Sunday. He drew a pair of walks, hit a triple and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Almonte came into the game hitting .063 (2-for-32) in his last dozen games.

GOOD HANDS PLAY OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 10 - Whit, Esky
  • 8 - Mike Moustakas
  • 7 - Perez, Duda
  • 5 - Gordon, Soler, Almonte
  • 4 - Ryan Goins
  • 3 - Dozier, Cuthbert
  • 2 - Herrera, Orlando, Torres
  • 1 - Adalberto Mondesi, Maurer

-The Royals return home on Monday to face the Angels. Brad Keller will square off with LHP Tyler Skaggs. I'll get you ready with pregame starting at 2:00 PM on 610 Sports Radio and the Radio.com app.

-It's a short stay home for the Royals. They'll head to Milwaukee following the game. Monday's contest with Los Angeles is a make-up game from an April meeting that was deemed 'too cold to play.'

-If you plan on attending the game, I hope to see you at the 610 Mobile Studio inside Kauffman Stadium. It's located at Gate A in left field. We'll play Three Strikes at 2:15, so stop by to play! You could win tickets to see the Boston Red Sox come to town in July!

TRADE CHIP POWER RANKINGS

  1. Mike Moustakas
  2. Whit Merrifield
  3. Salvador Perez
  4. Jason Hammel
  5. Jakob Junis
  6. Danny Duffy
  7. Lucas Duda
  8. Ian Kennedy
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