Kansas City Royals: Brandon Moss Searching for Relevancy

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 19: Brandon Moss
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 19: Brandon Moss /

The Kansas City Royals needed production from the DH spot. After two seasons of solid performance they needed to look for a replacement. This year has not quite gone as hoped.

Brandon Moss was brought in by the Kansas City Royals to try and replace the departed Kendrys Morales. Big Ken left some big cleats to fill. Expectations were perhaps a bit too high. With Moss he has one excellent skill. He can hit the ball hard and when he gets it he can hit it a long way.

Moss is the prototypical ‘feast or famine’ player. If the ball is not traveling 400 feet then the results are usually less than exciting. This has caused a call for him to be replaced in the lineup, maybe even on the roster, to rise up amongst Kansas City Royals fans.

However, perhaps Moss is turning a bit of a corner? Coming home from a series in Baltimore where the Kansas City Royals were swept in a three game set, the team needed to turn their fortunes. As they started a four game series with Seattle on Thursday at the K, Moss became the game’s hero on the way to a Royals’ W.

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Moss paced the team with two big flies. If you didn’t see it you can check out a recap of the game here.

On Friday night Moss once again did what he could to get the team going. With Seattle’s James Paxton dealing through four innings, he had a no-hitter through four innings, the Kansas City Royals needed a spark.

With Mike Moustakas on third with two outs, Moss lined a single to left to tie the game at one.

While it was great to see the Kansas City Royals fight back from an underwhelming start, ultimately they just didn’t have enough on Friday night. They dropped the second game of the series 5-2. The record is now 56-52 on the season.

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The team has to find a way to avoid the offense going cold. Having Brandon Moss hitting is a step in the right direction. Clearly Ned Yost is not going to sit the DH for more than a game any time soon. Maybe if the trajectory continues heading upward he won’t need to.