Royals Report: 5 Things About Damaging Loss To Cardinals
By John Viril
2) Alcides Escobar And Kendrys Morales Remain Hot
Alcides Escobar went 2-4 on Tuesday while hitting from the no. 2 hole with left fielder Alex Gordon resting. The hits extended Escobar’s hitting streak to nine games, and was his third multi-hit game in a row.
His recent surge has lifted his batting average from .240 on June 17 to .260 on June 29. Escobar is 16 of 40 over his last nine game, which is a .400 batting average over that span.
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Meanwhile, Kendrys Morales also went 2 for 4, which was his fourth straight multi-hit game. Morales is a scorching 10 for 16 over his last four games, which works out to a ludicrous .625 batting average. I guess that means he’s out of his slump.
Morales is now hitting a vastly-improved .247/.312/.408 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs after slashing .367/.425/.582 in the month of June. I think it is safe to say that the struggles of his first two months are behind him.
At this point in the season, the KC Royals offense doesn’t appear to be a problem, despite the team’s low run total. I expect the Kansas City Royals to score significantly more runs in the rest of the season, pending news about Lorenzo Cain‘s hamstring on Wednesday.
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