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Kansas City Royals: Five Players to Watch Vs Oakland Athletics

Apr 8, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Salvador Perez (13) is congratulated by third base coach Mike Jirschele (23) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Salvador Perez (13) is congratulated by third base coach Mike Jirschele (23) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) – Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) – Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Royals will finally be playing at Kauffman Stadium! That’s right, the Royals’ home opener will be on Monday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics.

The Kansas City Royals are sitting at 2-4 on the season so far and notched their first series win this past weekend over the Houston Astros. The fan base has calmed down significantly after going 0-3 to start the year, but a large part of the relaxation came from the offense coming to life and the bullpen not looking as bad.

With one series win in the books this season, the Royals will look to win another one this week against the A’s. The Athletics haven’t been a very good team over the past two seasons and currently sit at 3-4 on the season.

So, which Royals should fans be keeping an eye on in this series? Let’s take a look!

ALEX GORDON

The storyline regarding Alex Gordon last season was that… Well, he was awful at the plate. He only managed a slash line of .220/.312/.380 and struck out a career high 48 times. Simply put – It wasn’t Gordo’s year offensively.

This season, however, Gordon is already looking much better. He managed two big scoring opportunities in this recent series against the Astros, racking up four RBI in the process. He’s batting .240 at the moment, but that’s only in 25 at-bats.

Gordon is a player to watch for in this upcoming series because it looks like he’s getting it going offensively. That’s a great sign for Royals fans, as Gordo is the heart and soul of this team. If he can stop thinking about the pressure on him for signing the biggest contract, then he can return to his 2014/2015 season form.