Five Royals Storylines to Watch for in 2018

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Alex Gordon
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 19: Alex Gordon /

Alex Gordon’s Last Hurrah?

Alex Gordon was bad last season. That’s been established. How bad? To put things into context, Gordon was the worst hitter in baseball in 2017. His OPS of .608 was worst than anyone in the game. I’ll put the tweet in here again:

Entering the third year of his four-year, $72 million contract, it’s time for Gordon to get his act together. He changed his approach in September and hopes to bring the same revised version into 2018. Following what was the worst season of his entire career, many of you have lost hope for Gordon. The only reasoning I can use here for gaining it back is: it’s extremely difficult to be that bad for two straight years.

Yes, Gordon was also dreadful in 2016. However, he wasn’t literally the worst performer at the plate in the MLB. There’s only one way to go from here: up. With an entire offseason to alter his approach and find out what was wrong with his bat, it’s not crazy to expect Gordon to improve in 2018. How much so? No one is sure. Here’s to Gordon (somewhat) returning to form this season.