Kansas City Royals
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Jonathan Bowlan
Jonathan Bowlan Takes loss in debut
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 4:44 PM
Bowlan (0-1) allowed one run on three hits and struck out two without walking a batter over two innings, taking the loss Wednesday versus the Tigers.
Analysis: Bowlan got the start in his debut and logged a short appearance, but the Royals' offense was shut out in the loss. The right-hander recorded a passable 105:45 K:BB over 102 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season, but it came with a 5.91 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Bowlan could compete for a rotation spot in 2024, but he likely needs a little more time in the minors.
Nelson Velazquez
Nelson Velazquez Absent from lineup
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 1:56 PM
Velazquez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Tigers.
Analysis: It's a routine day off for Velazquez, who had started each of the previous 11 contests for the Royals. Drew Waters will occupy right field Thursday while Edward Olivares serves as the designated hitter.
Maikel Garcia
Maikel Garcia Sitting out Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 1:53 PM
Garcia is not in the lineup for Thursday's contest in Detroit.
Analysis: Garcia started each of the first two games of the series but will get a break for the finale. Nick Loftin will fill in at third base and MJ Melendez has been elevated to the leadoff spot.
Michael Massey
Michael Massey Sitting versus lefty
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:24 PM
Massey is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers.
Analysis: Nick Loftin will play second base and bat sixth as tough left-hander Tarik Skubal toes the slab for Detroit. Massey has posted a weak .591 OPS in 87 plate appearances versus lefties this year.
Nick Pratto
Nick Pratto Out of lineup Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:19 PM
Pratto is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game at Detroit.
Analysis: Salvador Perez will take a turn at first base as Logan Porter handles the catching duties for the visiting Royals. Pratto, 24, has posted a disappointing .231/.309/.357 batting line across 91 major-league games this season.
MJ Melendez
MJ Melendez Not in lineup Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:17 PM
Melendez is out of the lineup Wednesday at Detroit.
Analysis: Melendez takes a seat after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Royals' loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. Dairon Blanco, Drew Waters and Nelson Velazquez are starting across the outfield Wednesday.
Taylor Clarke
Taylor Clarke Takes loss Tuesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 11:52 AM
Clarke (3-6) allowed three runs on three hits and struck out one over two-thirds of an inning to take the loss Tuesday versus the Tigers.
Analysis: Clarke gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Akil Baddoo and Parker Meadows in the eighth inning, and he couldn't settle down after that. Jackson Kowar later allowed an inherited runner to score. Clarke has taken on a share of the closing committee in Kansas City, but the numbers haven't been pretty -- he has an 8.64 ERA over 8.1 innings in September and a 5.90 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP and 65:24 K:BB through 58 innings overall. The reliever has added three saves, 12 holds and three blown saves.
Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke Five scoreless innings Tuesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 10:26 AM
Greinke did not factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing one hit and one walk over five scoreless innings against Detroit. He struck out five.
Analysis: The only hit allowed by the 39-year-old was a leadoff single to Parker Meadows, who was quickly erased on a pickoff. Despite exiting with a lead after five scoreless frames, Greinke was unable to secure his elusive second win thanks to Detroit's late rally. In the seven-start stretch since Greinke last completed five innings, he accumulated an 0-4 record with a 5.61 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 7.4 K/9 across 25.2 innings. The veteran will likely close out his 20th big-league campaign with a 1-15 record, a 5.18 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and just 95 strikeouts across 137.1 innings.
Jonathan Bowlan
Jonathan Bowlan Debuting Wednesday
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 9:06 PM
Bowlan will open Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Analysis: Bowlan's start Wednesday will mark the first appearance of his major-league career. The 26-year-old righty was rather unspectacular in the minors this season, recording a 5.91 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through 102 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. Though he'll have the benefit of facing a Tigers offense that ranks second-lowest in MLB in team OPS (.679), Bowlan isn't likely to offer much from a fantasy perspective.
Edward Olivares
Edward Olivares Not in Tuesday's lineup
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 2:25 PM
Olivares is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
Analysis: Olivares started four of Kansas City's past five games and will take a seat Tuesday after going 4-for-14 with a double, two walks, two steals, two RBI and two runs during that stretch. Nelson Velazquez will serve as the designated hitter while Kyle Isbel receives a start in the outfield.
Drew Waters
Drew Waters Picks up 16th steal
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 9:54 PM
Waters went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Astros.
Analysis: Waters is now 6-for-7 on stolen base attempts in September, and he's hitting .264 (14-for-53) this month. The outfielder has had some growing pains in his first full big-league campaign with a .234/.308/.386 slash line over 94 contests. He's added 16 thefts, eight home runs, 32 RBI and 39 runs scored while seeing a starting role, albeit not an everyday one, down the stretch.
Matt Duffy
Matt Duffy Hits second homer
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 9:50 PM
Duffy went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Astros.
Analysis: This was just the sixth game Duffy's gotten into in September -- the Royals have often opted to evaluate younger players in preparation for 2024. This was Duffy's second homer of the campaign. The infielder is slashing .249/.299/.324 with 15 RBI, 16 runs scored and a stolen base through 201 plate appearances. He'll likely close out this season in a bench role.
Salvador Perez
Salvador Perez Homers in return
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 9:44 PM
Perez (concussion) went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Astros.
Analysis: Perez missed just over a week with the concussion he sustained Sept. 16. He ended a 12-game homer drought in his return, blasting an offering from Hunter Brown into the seats in the third inning. It's still been a bit of a down year for Perez, who is batting .252 with a .711 OPS, 22 homers, 74 RBI, 57 runs scored and 20 doubles over 134 contests.
James McArthur
James McArthur Secures third save
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 8:05 PM
McArthur picked up the save in Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Astros. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out one over a scoreless inning.
Analysis: McArthur appears to be in a share for the Royals' closer job as he and Taylor Clarke split three saves this weekend in a sweep of the Astros (two for McArthur and one for Clarke). They have both earned preference over Carlos Hernandez, who has earned holds in consecutive games, setting up both Clarke and McArthur. The 27-year-old McArthur has not allowed a run in 13.1 innings since being recalled Sept. 1. He makes an intriguing pick up for saves as the Royals finish the season against the Tigers and Yankees.
Alec Marsh
Alec Marsh Earns win in bulk role
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 7:49 PM
Marsh (3-8) picked up the win as the bulk reliever Sunday against the Astros. He allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings.
Analysis: Marsh was shaky in this outing as he yielded four runs, but his offense provided enough support to pick up the win. However, the 25-year-old has performed admirably overall as a bulk reliever since moving into that role full-time Sept. 8. In four outings since then, he has gone 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 19:7 K:BB over 18 innings. Marsh's next and last bulk outing of the year should occur against the Yankees, assuming the Royals keep the same rotation schedule.
Nelson Velazquez
Nelson Velazquez Goes deep twice
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 7:25 PM
Velazquez went 2-for-3 with two solo homers in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Astros.
Analysis: Velazquez tallied the first Royals run of the game with his 380-foot homer off Hunter Brown in the second inning. He wasn't done for the day, as he returned and cranked a 396-foot solo shot the next inning, again off Brown. Velazquez has been on a torrid power tear lately, hitting five home runs over the past nine games. The former Cub is slashing .239/.313/.632 with 14 homers, 25 runs and 27 RBI over 36 games since joining the Royals.
MJ Melendez
MJ Melendez Out of Sunday's lineup
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 10:34 AM
Melendez isn't starting Sunday against Houston.
Analysis: Melendez has gone 1-for-8 with two RBI and a run scored across the first two games of the series, and he'll sit out the finale. Edward Olivares will start in left field Sunday, allowing Salvador Perez to serve as the DH while Logan Porter starts behind the dish.
Maikel Garcia
Maikel Garcia Gets breather Sunday
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 10:31 AM
Garcia isn't starting Sunday against the Astros.
Analysis: Garcia will get a day off after going 7-for-22 with three runs scored over the Royals' last five games. Matt Duffy will take over at the hot corner and bat seventh while Garcia rests.
Nick Pratto
Nick Pratto Sitting Sunday
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 10:29 AM
Pratto isn't in the Royals' lineup Sunday against Houston.
Analysis: Pratto will take a seat Sunday after logging a hit in each of the first two games of the series. Nick Loftin will fill in at first base and bat fifth in Pratto's place.
Tyler Cropley
Tyler Cropley Sent down to Triple-A
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 10:24 AM
The Royals optioned Cropley to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.
Analysis: Now that Salvador Perez has returned from the 7-day concussion injured list, Cropley will head back to the minors so the Royals can avoid carrying three catchers on their active roster. Cropley logged one hit in seven trips to the plate during his time with Kansas City.


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