1) Alex Gordon Enjoyed A Good Day
One of the keys to the second half is for Alex Gordon to get it going. After a slow start, and a month long stint on the disabled list after breaking his hand, Gordon is still stuck at a substandard .207/.307/.348.
Ned Yost tried moving Gordon to lead-off to get him started, but to no avail. On Sunday, Gordon hit no. 7 in the order and went 2 for 4, with a double and solo home run (7). His blast in the ninth inning off Seattle closer Steve Cisheck pulled the KC Royals within three runs, but the rally petered out afterwards.
Gordon has enjoyed good days before, but let’s hope this is the one that propels him to more normal production. I’d hate to think the Kansas City Royals signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract just before a career crash.
The KC Royals produced 10 hits, 3 walks, and five runs on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Brooks Pounders giving up five runs in the seventh inning. One of the odder things I noticed in the box score is that four time All-Star catcher Salvador Perez‘s .283/.318/.500 slash line looked almost identical to backup Drew Butera‘s .283/.348/.500 line.
While no one expects Butera’s production to hold up over the entire season, it still shows how strong the KC Royals catching situation is right now.