Kansas City Royals

AL Central

Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as the Royals lost to the Brewers 5-2.

Fantasy Impact: Over the past six games, Duda has been struggling at the plate with three hits in 26 at-bats. Although he has not been productive for the past several games, Duda is still one of the best run producers for the team and should remain in your lineup moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps, Transactions


Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the Royals lost at home to the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: After missing over two weeks to injury, Gordon had a successful return to the lineup with his first multi-hit game of the season. As of now, Gordon is not a great fantasy option, however, if he can produce consistently, he may be someone worth adding to your roster.

Category: Game Recaps


Salvador Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Perez was just activated before Tuesday's game as the veteran catcher has been out since hurting his knee right before opening day. Perez looked good at the plate and if he was dropped in any fantasy leagues due to the injury he should be grabbed right away.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Ian Kennedy was diagnosed with a foot bruise after being hit in the right foot by a line drive during Tuesday's game against the Brewers, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports. (Source: Maria Torres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kennedy was able to stay in the game and finish the inning. He is currently listed as day to day and seems likely to be available for Sunday's expected start against the White Sox considering the X-rays came back negative.

Category: Injury Updates


Mike Moustakas went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 8-5 victory over the Tigers. The home run was his sixth of the season and his fourth in the last six days.

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas now has a hit in 14 straight games and has six home runs to go with 12 runs scored, 17 RBIs, and a .318 batting average through his first 20 games. After going unsigned for much of free agency before ultimately re-signing with the Royals on a one-year deal, Moustakas is off to a strong start in his prove-it campaign as he hopes to find a stronger market for his services next offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Whit Merrifield, who led off and played first base on Sunday, went 1-for-5 with a home run in a win over the Detroit Tigers. The home run was Merrifield's third of the season and his third in the last four days.

Fantasy Impact: After a slow start, Merrifield is finally starting to heat up at the plate. He hit his first home run earlier in the week and then went 4-for-10 with another home run in Friday's doubleheader. The start at first base was his second of the season, meaning he needs three more to gain first base eligibility in many formats.

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Alcides Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single as the Royals beat the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Escobar has not been able to have much success so far in 2018, as he only has multiple hits in two games. On the season, Escobar has a .200 batting average, one home run, and three RBI and as long as he continues to play the way he has been, he will not have much fantasy value.

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Abraham Almonte went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and a stolen base as the Royals beat the Tigers 8-5.

Fantasy Impact: After going 3-for-4 on Saturday, Almonte continued to play well on Sunday with his second home run of the season. He will look to build off of the success he had this weekend when the Royals start a series with the Brewers at home on Tuesday.

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Eric Skoglund allowed four runs on four hits Sunday afternoon in Detroit. He pitched five innings, struck out three and walked two batters. The Royals came away with the win after a decent showing from the Kansas City bullpen.

Fantasy Impact: The 25 year-old southpaw has an ERA north of nine and shouldn't be anywhere near fantasy rosters. His next start is scheduled against the White Sox.

Category: Game Recaps


After locking down his third save Friday, Kelvin Herrera struck out one batter en route to his fourth save Sunday. He threw 13 pitches and didn't allow a baserunner.

Fantasy Impact: Five wins for the Royals and Herrera has locked down four of them. The Royals may not rack up the victories this year, but it looks like Herrera will be getting the nod more often than not when Kansas City has the lead.

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Danny Duffy threw 101 pitches over 4 2/3 innings on Saturday. He gave up six earned runs and took the loss in Detroit. Duffy surrendered 10 hits and struck out only two batters. He was forced to start on short rest due to the Royals playing two double headers in the last four days.

Fantasy Impact: This was not the outing owners were hoping for against a Detroit team that has low expectations. Duffy said he felt fine on short rest, but he struggled with command and the Royals' bullpen couldn't bail out the starter. Duffy is still looking for his first win of the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jon Jay went 0-for-5 with two RBI as the Royals lost 12-4 on Saturday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Jay now has three RBI in his last three games. However, he only has a total of four RBI on the season and is batting just .233 with zero home runs. Jay does not have much fantasy value at this time.

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Jorge Soler went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in the Royals’ win.

Fantasy Impact: Soler now has a hit in five straight games including two multi-hit contests. Also, during the hitting streak, he has three of his four extra-base hits on the season. Soler will look to continue his recent success on Saturday afternoon in Detroit.

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Jake Junis turned in a strong outing for the second game of a double header Friday. Junis allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four batters. Kansas City split the double header after a walk off homerun by JaCoby Jones sealed the win for the Tigers earlier in the day.

Fantasy Impact: The Royals have four wins as a team, and Junis has three of them. Junis was efficient; he threw 72 of his 106 pitches for strikes. He carries a sparkling 2.25 ERA and .63 WHIP on the year. The Tigers are by no means an offensive juggernaut, but Junis is establishing himself as one of the few bright spots on a rebuilding team. Grab him off waivers if he's still available.

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Jason Hammel threw 101 pitches over 9 innings Friday afternoon, but the Royals still fell to Detroit in extra innings. Hammel struck out four batters and only allowed two earned runs, but JaCoby Jones homered off Brad Keller in the 10th inning for the walk off win.

Fantasy Impact: Hammel is a 35 year-old innings eater for a struggling Kansas City ball club. He was 8-13 last year, and it looks like he's headed down a similar path this season. He isn't an advisable option in any format.

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Cheslor Cuthbert went 3-for-5 with three singles as the Royals lost 3-2 in extra innings.

Fantasy Impact: Cuthbert has been playing well lately with six hits in his last 13 at-bats, however he has only one extra-base hit so far this season and does not hold much fantasy value at this time.

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The Kansas City Royals sent Brandon Maurer to the minors after another ugly outing against the Angels on Thursday. He amassed a 12.46 ERA over 4.1 innings this season.

Fantasy Impact: The former Padre closer will hopefully right the ship in Omaha, as he has been disastrous since being acquired by the Royals in 2017. He is not relevant in fantasy at this time.


Ryan Goins went 3-for-4 with a double as the Royals lost to the Angels 7-1.

Fantasy Impact: Playing in just his fourth game of the year, Goins was able to break out of a 1-for-9 slump and get his first multi-hit game of the season. However, he is not a fantasy relevant player.

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Paulo Orlando went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Playing for the first time since April 3rd, Orlando had a solid game for Kansas City with his first extra-base hit and RBI of the season. However, he is not a fantasy relevant player at this time.

Category: Game Recaps


Eric Hosmer went 1-1 Sunday with a solo homer off Robbie Ray. He was taken out later in the game to a standing ovation, as the Royals fan base recognized Hosmer's efforts as a Royal throughout the years.

Fantasy Impact: Hosmer had a career year, and his tenure as a Royal is likely over. Hosmer finishes the year with a .318 average, 25 homers, 98 runs, and 94 RBIs. Look for him to get a lot of money this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps