Royals Fantasy Report

This week the Royals will host Texas and Detroit each for a three game series.

Zack Greinke is scheduled to pitch Friday against Detroit. In his last outing against the Indians he pitched eight innings, allowing three runs while striking out four and walking four. All three runs were scored in the first two innings. Greinke can be dominating at times; he settled down and pitched six scoreless innings. In August he went 1-1 with a 3.16 ERA over five starts. Greinke faced the Tigers opening day and gave up one earned run over six innings but took a no decision. He struck out four and walked one. It is taking the good with the bad for Greinke this year; he should still be active in most fantasy formats.

Joakim Soria

Joakim Soria continues to be a top closer this season. He came into the game Sunday against the Indians and struck out the side to end the game. He has not given up a run since July 28, which is up to 14 scoreless innings. Soria has converted 36 of 38 save opportunities this season. On the season, he has a 1.80 ERA with 60 strikeouts through 55 innings. Soria is a top five closer and should be a must-start in all fantasy formats.

Billy Butler continues to keep his batting average above .300. He missed two games last week with a sore right hand. But it seems to be healed since Butler went two for five Sunday against the Indians. The power numbers are still an issue for a first baseman. His last 10 games he batted .297 with no home runs and five RBIs while scoring six runs. This week should be a productive one for Butler. This season against the Rangers and Tigers he has batted .368 with two home runs and 14 RBIs. I recommend keeping Butler active this week in deep mixed league formats.

Yuniesky Betancourt did not have a productive week as predicted. This is why fantasy baseball is a game of luck. The numbers were in his favor. Instead he only batted .150 with no home runs and one RBI. This season against the Rangers and Tigers he is batting .333 with one home run and seven RBIs. Betancourt is only worth starting this week if your team is desperate for a shortstop.

Alex Gordon is still not worth starting in any league. He is worth holding onto for the future because of his upside.

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