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2. Alex Gordon
Seemingly every time we watch a Kansas City Royals game, Alex Gordon is doing something to help put the team in a position to win. Whether he is making yet another amazing defensive play seem routine or doing something on the basepaths to get the Royals a better scoring opportunity, Gordon always seems to be in the midst of the action.
This week was certainly not an exception. While the Royals offense struggled, Gordon was in the midst of a hot streak, posting a .357/.526/.786 batting line with two home runs and four RBIs. While the Royals have a tendency to swing early and often, Gordon drew five walks in his 19 plate appearances, doing his best to get on base and be a catalyst for the offense.
There are several keys to the Royals offense, but Gordon may be the biggest piece of them all. Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer have had breakout seasons, and Lorenzo Cain is certainly a vital part of the lineup, but Gordon is truly the heart and soul of the Royals. His impact on every facet of the game cannot be discounted.
While it is hard to put the hopes of the Kansas City Royals upon one player, Alex Gordon is easily the most important part of the team. As the Royals charged back into first in the American League Central, it was no surprise that Gordon was driving the bus.
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