The biggest story surrounding the Royals’ struggles concerns their offensive firepower, or lack thereof.
Fresh, up and coming stars that have been slowly moving in on the ‘household name’ category were expected to break out this year and the Royals were expected to be among the leaders in the American League. That simply hasn’t happened, as the expected production of Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas has floundered to start the season, and the Royals find themselves in third place behind the Tigers, who are once again dominating the AL Central.
Moustakas’ struggles were so bad that he was demoted to Triple-A Omaha. The 25-year old third baseman was being relied upon far more for his offensive capability than his defensive prowess at the hot corner, but his bat disappeared, resulting in his being sent out. Moustakas’ initial big league line in 2014 reads like someone who needs help, having hit .152/.223/.320 with four homers and 17 RBI over 40 games.
Since being sent down, however, it appears that ‘Moose’ has found his stroke. Andy McCullough of the Kansas-City Star reports Moustakas’ line since being demoted: .355/.412/.548. He has only played in 8 games for the Storm Chasers, but the Royals could really use that type of production if Moustakas truly has found his swing. The Royals sit last in the American League in runs scored with 211. They also sit in the bottom of the barrel in home runs with 24.
Moustakas has the potential and power to be what the Royals needed him to be at the start of the season. With two-thirds of the season left to go, it’s not too late for “Moose” to make an impact in Kansas City.
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