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Thu, 09 May 2013 16:29:17 -0700
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon has moved from the leadoff spot to third Thursday, May 9, with 1B Billy Butler hitting cleanup. "The most important two spots we have in the lineup right now should be manned by Gordy and Billy," manager Ned Yost said. "That's three and four. Everything else is interchangeable depending on who's hot and the matchups." The team's No. 4 hitter has ranked last in RBIs (seven), extra-base hits (six) and slugging percentage (.277), and they are ranked 29th among 30 teams with a .271 on-base percentage. SS Alcides Escobar is batting leadoff with OF Lorenzo Cain following him. Escobar prefers to hit second and has much more experience in that slot, but he doesn't have a problem hitting atop the order. 2B Chris Getz and OF Jeff Francoeur returned to the lineup Thursday, but they'll need to show production soon if they want to keep everyday jobs. Yost plans on using this new-look lineup for an extended period of time.
Fantasy Tip: Right now, Gordon and Butler are the team's best hitters, so it makes sense to put them in the biggest run-producing spots in the lineup. Yost also cited that it splits up his left- and right-handed bats in Gordon and Eric Hosmer and Butler and Mike Moustakas.
Wed, 08 May 2013 15:07:52 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is considering changing up his lineup in the near future that would possibly include moving OF Alex Gordon from leadoff to third in the lineup and increased playing time for OF Jarrod Dyson and 2B Elliot Johnson. Dyson started in center field Wednesday, May 8, and OF Lorenzo Cain shifted to right in place of struggling OF Jeff Francoeur. Johnson started for the second day over 2B Chris Getz. Gordon is hitting only .180 (9-for-50) when leading off an inning compared to .490 (24-for-49) with runners on base. Yost is considering Dyson, Cain or SS Alcides Escobar for options at leadoff. Moving Gordon to third in the lineup would allow 1B Billy Butler to return to the cleanup spot.
Fantasy Tip: This could have varying degrees of fantasy implications. For one, this will give Gordon more opportunities for RBIs, and it also should put Dyson on the radar of deep mixed gamers if Francoeur continues to lose out. Yost believes Eric Hosmer eventually deserves to be the three hitter, but he's holding off until he picks it up at the plate.
Fri, 03 May 2013 14:35:04 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler has been a bit frustrated that he's not seeing many good pitches to hit this year, but he's doing his best to stay patient and not chase balls out of the strike zone. He currently leads the team with 18 walks and a .414 on-base percentage. "It's all about avoiding outs," he said. "I'm not going to go out of the zone. That's the mentality I have to have -- that I'm not going to go out of the zone. But it's a consistent battle every day. I want to be aggressive." The problem is that the team's hitters behind Butler are hitting a combined .209 on the year.
Fantasy Tip: Butler's average has suffered this year in the early going as a result, but he's still extremely valuable in on-base-percentage leagues. If the hitters behind Butler make teams pay, he will start to see better pitches, likely.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:29:42 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler had three hits Thursday, April 25, against the Detroit Tigers, and he improved to 23-for-55 (.418) in his career against SP Justin Verlander. That's the best mark of anyone in the majors with at least 30 at-bats against Verlander.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:11:13 -0700
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is down to a .158 average, and he has only one RBI in 15 games this season. However, manager Ned Yost doesn't plan on benching Moustakas anytime soon. "They're not going to get going while on the bench," Yost said. "There's nothing you can do until they get going. You just ride it." 1B Billy Butler is also hitting only .216.
Fantasy Tip: Unlike Yost, you should probably consider benching Moustakas at this juncture if you have another direction to go in at third base. The good news is that Yost has confidence in Moustakas.
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:08:21 -0700
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:50:40 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost chose to sit 1B Billy Butler in favor of 1B Eric Hosmer Friday, April 5, mostly because the team will face left-handed pitchers for the rest of the weekend. "If I sit Hos today," Yost said, "he doesn't (start) for three days. If a pitcher has never faced a hitter, the advantage kind of goes to the pitcher. Kendrick has never faced Billy or Hos." OF Jeff Francoeur is also 9-for-22 in his career against Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick. Yost is reluctant to put Hosmer in the outfield, so Francoeur will likely start all three games against the Phils. INFs Miguel Tejada and Elliot Johnson might also see playing time this weekend.
Fantasy Tip: You'll want to get Butler back in your lineups this weekend in daily leagues. The opposite goes for Hosmer if you can swap guys in and out on a daily basis.
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:20:34 -0700
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:45:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This isn't good news for Hosmer, who has played first base in interleague games while Butler was benched. With interleague play occuring regularly, Hosmer could lose some value. Butler has established himself with the team and in fantasy lineups.
Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:12:09 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said DH Billy Butler will play this weekend when the team goes on the road to play the Philadelphia Phillies. Yost would not say where Butler will play, but he is expected to play at first base. It is not known if 1B Eric Hosmer would play in the outfield or be benched for Butler.
Fantasy Tip: Owners in daily leagues will have to check to see if Hosmer plays this weekend or if he is sits out to allow Butler to play at first base.
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