Royals’ middle of the order is among baseball’s best
The Royals’ offense has been in a bit of a lull of late, but it remains one of the best in the majors for the season — especially when it comes to their No. 4-6 hitters.
As STATS LLC points out, the Royals boast one of the most fearsome middle of the orders in baseball:
ROYALS’ NO. 4-6 HITTERS IN 2015
|On-base plus slugging percentage||.861||2nd|
In addition, three qualifying Royals are hitting .300 or better: third baseman Mike Moustakas (.320), designated hitter Kendrys Morales (.304) and first baseman Eric Hosmer (.302). Only four times in Royals history have three or more qualifying players (minimum 3.1 plate appearances per team game) finished the season at .300 or above.
SEASONS IN WHICH THREE OR MORE QUALIFYING ROYALS HIT .300 OR BETTER
|2000||Mike Sweeney (.333), Johnny Damon (.327), Jermaine Dye (.321), Joe Randa (.304)|
|1999||Mike Sweeney (.322), Joe Randa (.314), Johnny Damon (.307)|
|1982||Willie Wilson (.332), Hal McRae (.308), George Brett (.301)|
|1980||George Brett (.390), Willie Wilson (.326), John Wathan (.305)|
The Royals face an Indians team that struggled at the plate in the opening month of the season but enjoyed an offensive resurgence in May.
INDIANS OFFENSE IN APRIL AND MAY 2015 (AL ranks)
|Runs per game||3.76 (12th)||5.03 (T-3rd)|
|Batting average||.238 (13th)||.265 (4th)|
|On-base percentage||.302 (10th)||.351 (1st)|
|Slugging percentage||.373 (11th)||.429 (4th)|
|On-base plus slugging percentage||.675 (11th)||.780 (3rd)|
JEREMY GUTHRIE IN 2015 WHEN ALLOWING NO HOME RUNS VS. ONE OR MORE HOMER
|Statistic||0 homers||One or more homer|
|Opponents batting average||.284||.375|