1) Losing Alex Gordon And Mike Moustakas Was Actually Beneficial (for one series)
Yes, Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas are All-Stars who have the skills to play in the game again this season. However, neither have been playing well recently.
Though Gordon has still been performing up to his Platinum Glove standard in left field, he simply hasn’t gotten going yet at the plate. Gordon is slashing a miserable .211/.319/.331 in 2016. That’s just not helping the offense.
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Meanwhile, Mike Moustakas came out of the gate strong the first month of the season. But, he’s suffered through an 0-7 slump after returning from the 15-day disabled list last Saturday. Yes, the KC Royals need to get both Gordon and Moustakas going. However, in the short-term the Kansas City Royals offense appeared better off without them.
Gordon’s injury has opened the door for manager Ned Yost to insert the crazy hot Paulo Orlando into the lineup on a full-time basis. Orlando responded to the opportunity by going 6-12 in the three games in Minnesota, boosting his season batting average to .397. Yesterday, he was hitting .406 before going 1 for 4 on Wednesday.
No matter. Orlando still kept his nine-game hitting streak alive (Perez has a team-leading 11 game hitting streak). Meanwhile, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert have replaced Moose at third base. While Cuth hasn’t been anything special over the last three games (1 for 8), we all know about what Merrifield has done (see slide 3).
Let’s just hope the KC Royals offensive uprising isn’t just a temporary rally before facing the White Sox the next four days at Kauffman Stadium.