Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon’s New Role

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 16: Alex Gordon
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 16: Alex Gordon /

With the Kansas City Royals trading for Melky Cabrera it didn’t make much sense that Alex Gordon remained in the lineup. Tuesday evening the lineups came out and we noticed the Chestlor Cuthbert was back from Triple-A Omaha. Alex Gordon was missing from the lineup.

This year the Kansas City Royals have seen Alex Gordon do incredible things. His glove out in Left Field has been one of the best. He has even shifted over to Center Field to give Lorenzo Cain the day off.

This season we have not seen him hit well. He is around the Mendoza line hitting .198 this year which I should not need to tell you is terrible.

The Kansas City Royals have justified him starting everyday due to his defense. The issue is he is playing Left Field. I know Alex has been playing Gold Glove caliber defense, but it is not a difficult position to play.

Alex Gordon made his first start last night since being taken of the lineup. He went 1 for 3 and also got on base with a walk.

This is how Kansas City Royals need to handle Alex Gordon moving forward. The team needs to continue to start him every few days. The time off will give him more time to work on hitting. He needs to figure out how to hit again. I think this time off will help him.

The Kansas City Royals are currently in the middle of a heated Wild Card race. They also keep moving further back from the Cleveland Indians. They need to have the most optimal lineup as often as they can in order to make this push.

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Although Alex Gordon has played well for the Royals in the past, the past year and a half he has struggled and may need to play less often to reevaluate himself as a hitter. I hope Alex can turn it around and be an everyday player again but for now he is not.