If you don’t like fireworks and cheap beer in someone’s driveway, then this was not your kind of weekend. I like fireworks:  I don’t go out of my way to see them, but when they are in front of my house or above us on a friend’s boat, well, why not?

Oh and beer.  I like beer.

Anyway, not to get lost in the pro vs. con firework debate or the ‘I’m too cool to really celebrate the 4th’ or, even better, the ‘it’s not the Fourth of July, it’s Independence Day!’ argument.  One thing lacking in fireworks this past holiday weekend was the Kansas City Royals.

With the Tigers losing three of four to Tampa, your Royals managed to make up one (1) game on the Tigers and actually lost a game in the Wild Card Standings.  Not fun.

Billy Butler was moved to sixth in the order and, you may have heard this on Twitter (that’s sarcasm), Eric Hosmer continues to hit second.  Raul Ibanez batted cleanup once.  Christian Colon had a nice first start, but then Omar Infante batting fifth after that.   Scott Downs was acquired to either be the 7th guy in the bullpen or the first guy Ned Yost goes to with a tough lefty at the plate.

After winning on Friday behind another good Yordano Ventura start, the Royals did a fantastic job of getting smoked the next two days.  Saturday was particularly frustrating given that Kansas City loaded the bases twice and managed one (1) run.

So, while batting order is a tenuous thing and one can certainly debate the final effect the order of the nine hitters has versus, you know, the overall skill level of the nine.  Here is a marginally unconventional, seat of your pants suggestion.

Versus RHP:

  • Jarrod Dyson CF
  • Alex Gordon, LF
  • Alcides Escobar, SS
  • Billy Butler, DH
  • Lorenzo Cain, RF
  • Salvador Perez, C
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B
  • Omar Infante, 2B
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B

Versus LHP:

  • Lorenzo Cain, CF
  • Alex Gordon, LF
  • Salvador Perez, C
  • Billy Butler, DH
  • Danny Valencia, 3B
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B
  • Alcides Escobar, SS
  • Raul Ibanez, RF
  • Omar Infante, 2B

I don’t love these lineups, but I like them better than Ned’s.  Oh, who’s kidding who?  These lineups are money and guarantee a sweep this weekend against Detroit.