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Putting Alcides Escobar in the leadoff role was a move that many questioned. However, Ned Yost trusted Escobar in that role during the postseason, and he delivered. Why not see if Escobar could handle that role during the regular season?
Thus far, it has worked. The Royals have scored the third most runs in baseball heading into today. The offense has been stellar, a far cry from the offense that we saw last season. While the Kansas City Royals continued to score, Escobar struggled over the past week.
During those five games, Escobar produced a .118/.167/.118 batting line, with only two singles in his 17 at bats. He drew a walk while striking out once, and only scored one run. It was not one of the better weeks for the Royals shortstop on offense.
Fortunately, Escobar’s value goes far beyond what he provided offensively. His defense is still his calling card, and as long as Escobar remains solid with the bat, he will provide value far beyond what we could quantify.
Alcides Escobar provides far more to the Kansas City Royals than his batting line would ever suggest. Hopefully, he can get his bat going this week.
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