With all of the offensive blues the team has been going through, change might be a good thing. Only three KC Royals starters have a lower batting average than leadoff man Alex Gordon, which brings up the conversation of placing a new man on top. Remember, change is a good thing.
I’m going to start off by saying Alex Gordon is a great player, and has been a great player for the KC Royals for a number of years. However, the .220 batting average from last year has carried into 2017, and that is not what the KC Royals need for an already struggling offense. Ned Yost has made it clear that he doesn’t like to change his lineup often, but the KC Royals simply can’t be a winning team with a leadoff man hitting below the Mendoza line. Alex Gordon is currently hitting .196 with zero home runs and four RBI’s through the first fourteen games which aren’t ideal stats for the man at the top of your lineup.
If you have watched the KC Royals at all this season, you have probably realized that the team is struggling tremendously on offense. Not only is Eric Hosmer barely hitting above .200, but Brandon Moss only had three hits before last nights contest. It could be argued that Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, and Lorenzo Cain have been provided all the production for the Royals so far. The main problem this team has is hitting with runners in scoring position. They own a .160 average with runners in scoring position which is last in baseball. Every home run the team hits feels like a solo shot and if the starters weren’t pitching lights out the team could be in trouble. The solution? Sorry Ned, but the lineup needs to change.
A case could be made for a number of people to be the new leadoff man, and each of those possibilities will be covered. Here are the top three.