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Around the Kingdom: Royals Hitters, Alex Smith, and Kim Anderson

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Kansas City Royals hitters have been a big topic around the Kingdom for a good reason: they’ve been pretty bad. David Hill breaks down Eric Hosmer‘s slow start at Kings of Kauffman. He points out it’s nothing unusual for Hosmer:

Over his major league career, Hosmer has homered only five times in March and April. In fact, all five of those home runs occurred in 2012, during a month when Hosmer produced a .188/.274/.388 batting line. For his career, the first month of the season is easily Hosmer’s worst, as he has a career .246/.323/.357 batting line.

Hunter Samuels weighs in again on this topic at Kings of Kauffman, asserting that the team is making up for lack of hitting with speed.

Mike Petrillo from Fangraphs.com has also noticed the lack of offense in KC. He contends that pitchers have no reason to challenge Royals hitters due to their terrible plate discipline:

Why give them something worth hitting, when they’ll go out of their way to hit balls out of the zone?

Ben Nielsen posted a Youtube video of Alex Smith at Arrowhead Addict that goes a long way toward dispelling the popular myth that the Chiefs quarterback can’t throw the long ball.

Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports questions whether 59-year-old Division II coach Kim Anderson can succeed at Missouri:

What will keep the hire of Anderson from being universally praised are questions about whether he can get elite prospects to buy into his system the way he did Division II kids and whether he can recruit successfully at the Division I level.

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