Royals Report: 5 Things About Squeaker Over White Sox
By John Viril
1) Jarrod Dyson Isn’t Going To Go Down Without A Fight
Many KC Royals fans believe that red hot Paulo Orlando has earned the right field job, even against right handed pitchers instead of platooning with Jarrod Dyson. Orlando is hitting a sizzling .368/.390/.509 and smacked three hits on Friday.
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Not so fast.
Jarrod Dyson got the start on Saturday, and put up a three-hit game of his own along with his seventh stolen base of the season. The performance boosted his slash line to .250/.296/.329. If Dyson can get on base, his speed and outfield range make him a useful player. It’s when he fails to reach the basepaths that he becomes a drag on the offense.
Right now, Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando are pushing each other. That’s a good place to be for KC Royals manager Ned Yost. With both players trying to seize the job, they’ll stay focused every time they get an opportunity.
I still believe that Jarrod Dyson is better as a part-time player. But, if he continues to get on base, he’ll keep the larger half of the platoon. Both Orlando and Dyson are in “produce or die” mode since outfielders Jorge Bonifacio and Brett Eibner are hitting well in AAA.
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