Royals Fantasy Report – Home Sweet Home

This week the Royals host Cleveland and Chicago each for a three game series.

Zack Greinke is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against Cleveland. He has been un-Cy Young like since the All-Star break posting a 2-3 record with a 4.83 ERA in six games. His last outing against Cleveland, he took the win while striking out eight and allowing three earned runs. Greinke is also scheduled to pitch against the White Sox on Sunday making him a two start pitcher. He took the win while striking out three, walking none, and allowing six earned runs in his last outing against Chicago. Greinke has been inconsistent this year. Start at your own risk. Expect mixed results in his two starts this week.

Joakim Soria continues to be a top closer this season. He set a franchise record last Friday by converting his 25th consecutive save opportunity against New York. Soria has converted 32 of 34 save opportunities this season. On the season, he has a 2.06 ERA with 52 strikeouts through 49 innings. Even though he is pitching for a non-contending team, he is a must start in all fantasy formats.

Billy Butler hit his first home run in August on Friday. I like the batting average but his other numbers are not impressive because of the position he plays. Fantasy baseball owners expect power numbers from a first baseman and he does not seem relevant for his position. He does have the power potential to be a first baseman but fantasy owners are wondering when they will see it. Butler is batting .360 with two home runs, 11 RBI’s, and six doubles against the Indians and White Sox this season in 17 games. As long as the batting average stays above .300, he should be active most fantasy formats.

Alex Gordon is not worth starting in any league. He is worth holding onto for the future because of his upside. Yuniesky Betancourt can be a useful short stop in AL leagues only. His 10 home runs is a career high. Don’t expect the power surge to continue though. His .287 on base percentage turns many fantasy owners away.

2 thoughts on “Royals Fantasy Report – Home Sweet Home

  1. Bullington pitched very well in his last start. I am not confident he can repeat that performance just yet. He will need to show me a couple good starts in a row before I would put him in as a starter. Potential is there, he should stick in the rotation now so lets see what he can do.

    Thanks for the comment.

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