Eric Hosmer had four ground ball singles in a meaningless game two nights ago. He walked three times yesterday in a game the Royals really needed to win. That’s a whole lot of on-base for two games and exactly what the Royals’ offense needs.
Let’s face it, Hosmer has been flailing at the plate for much of this season and done so batting either second or third in the batting order. Ned Yost, the master of dome management, has steadfastly refused to move Eric down in the order. Will his faith start paying off?
Hosmer’s triple slash by month for his career:
- April: .250/.323/.365
- May: .253/.290/.381
- June: .254/.308/.390
- July: .303/.360/.454
- August: .295/.356/.442
- Sept/Oct: .294/.339/.453
Yes, month’s are arbitrary marking points, but I think it’s safe to say history might be on the Royals’ side when it comes to increased production out of the guy who, quite honestly, is supposed to be the best hitter on this team. Given that Eric Hosmer was quite possibly the worst hitter in the lineup in June (and that includes Mike Moustakas), he really has nowhere to go but up.
The Royals need Hosmer to go up in a big way right now. Two games in Minnesota does not a hot streak make, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Especially with Kansas City heading into two three game sets against teams with losing records before coming home for four against the division leading Tigers.