Kansas City Royals: Rotation Continues To Struggle

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) – Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t get me wrong, Escobar isn’t killing the team (yet) at the leadoff position, but his penchant for swinging at the first pitch he sees, and career norms certainly put him will below Gordon in terms of offensive value/production.

So, where to go with the two? I wouldn’t necessarily just swap them. My proposal:

1. Alex Gordon

2. Lorenzo Cain

3. Eric Hosmer

4. Kendrys Morales

5. Mike Moustakas

6. Salvador Perez (Rios when healthy. In which case, everyone simply moves down one, and omit Orland0/Dyson.)

7. Alcides Escobar

8. Omar Infante

9. Paulo Orlando/Jarrod Dyson

Yes, I’m bumping Moustakas down from two to five. Color me skeptical of his torrid start. It is simply too much for me to fathom Moose being as good as he is right now, considering the complete tire-fire we’ve seen over the last few years.

You won’t see that lineup anytime soon, and likely never, because Yost really likes his retro model lineup to feature a light-hitting speedy guy leading off, and the beef of his lineup in the three through six spots. That speedy guy we have leading off right now, by the way, has exactly two stolen bases.

It’s pretty hard to argue with anything Yost or Dayton Moore are doing lately though. Everything they touch is seemingly turning to gold. Let’s hope that continues, and perhaps Yost, Moore, and the rest of the Royals will get to touch some silver in the form of the Commissioner’s Trophy at season’s end.

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