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2. Alex Gordon
In a week that resulted in a severe offensive drought, those players who actually performed well with the bat truly stood out. Of those few players, Alex Gordon’s performance was possibly the best of the week.
With the way that the Kansas City Royals had been hitting the ball for most of the season, Gordon’s .294/.368/.529 batting line may not have even come upon the radar. However, as the Royals produced a meager .201/.255/.316 batting line last week, those numbers stand out quite a bit.
Gordon not only hit a home run and tied for the team lead in RBI last week with two, but he continued to make those Platinum Gloves plays on defense that we have become so accustomed to. Even if Gordon is not swinging the bat in a way that can carry the Royals (to be fair, Barry Bonds in his prime would not have carried the offense last week), he is still able to make plays that minimize the damage.
Hopefully, the Royals and Alex Gordon can take the offense back to their previous levels. Last week, Gordon certainly did his part.
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