Royals Notebook

Metrics favor Royals to have three Gold Glove winners

Updated: 2013-09-14T04:12:40Z

By BOB DUTTON

The Kansas City Star

Going solely by the numbers, according to ESPN research, the Royals have three players who deserve to win Gold Gloves this season for defensive excellence: catcher Salvy Perez, left fielder Alex Gordon and center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Gordon was a Gold Glove recipient in 2011 and 2012. Neither Cain nor Perez have ever won the award. The Royals have never had more than two Gold Glove winners in the same season.

Those metrics count this season for one-fourth of the vote; the remaining 75 percent will result from a vote by managers and coaches in each league.

Unlucky 13

Triskaidekaphobia, anyone? The Royals have now lost four straight games played on Friday the 13th after falling 6-3 to the Tigers in the opener to a three-game series at at Comerica Park?

Their last victory on a Friday the 13th was on Aug. 13, 2010 when they beat the Yankees 4-3 at Kauffman Stadium. Overall, the Royals are 16-24 on Friday the 13th.

More 13s: Perez is the 12th player to wear No. 13 in franchise history. He got that number when he joined the big-league club in August 2011.

The others: Jim Rooker (1969-70), Fernando Gonzalez (1974), Jim Gaudet 1979), David Cone (1986), Carmelo Martinez (1991), David Howard (1192), Jose Lind (1993-95), Sal Fasano (1999), Andres Blanco (2006), Alberto Callaspo (2008-10) and Mike Aviles (2011).

Bullpen coach John Mizerock wore No. 13 from 2002-04.

Minor details

Lo-A Lexington shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi was chosen by Licey with the first pick in the Dominican Winter League draft, which covers native Dominicans playing in the league for the first time.

Mondesi, an 18-year-old switch-hitter, batted .261 with seven homers and 47 RBIs in 125 games at Lexington in his second professional season. He was recently cited as the Legends’ player of the year.

Omaha looks to clinch

Omaha carried a 2-0 series lead into Friday’s game at Salt Lake (Angels) in the best-of-five Pacific Coast League. The Storm Chasers need one victory in the next three games to gain their second title in three years.

The Chasers built their lead by posting two one-run victories, 3-2 and 2-1, on Wednesday in Omaha. The first game was the completion of Tuesday’s rain-suspended contest.

Omaha lists lefty Justin Marks (6-8, 4.58) as Friday’s starter against right-hander Jarrett Grube (7-5, 4.47). The fourth and fifth games, if necessary, are Saturday and Sunday at Salt Lake.

The Royals’ affiliation with Omaha dates to the franchise inaugural 1969 season. Omaha previously won titles in 1969, 1970, 1978, 1990 and 2011.

Idaho Falls in title hunt

Idaho Falls opens the best-of-three Pioneer League championship series Saturday at home against Helena (Brewers). The second and, if necessary, third games are Monday and Tuesday in Helena.

The Chukars reached the finals by getting two homers from Michael Antonio in Wednesday’s 5-2 series-clinching victory at Grand Junction (Rockies).

Idaho Falls is seeking its first title since becoming a Royals affiliate in 2004.

Looking back

It was 27 years ago Saturday — Sept. 14, 1986 — that Bo Jackson launched a 475-foot homer at what was then known as Royals Stadium. It came against Mike Moore in the fourth inning of a 10-3 victory over Seattle.

Jackson’s homer, which went to left-center field, was the first of his career and remains the longest homer hit by a Royals player in the stadium’s 41-year history.

Etc.

• The Royals’ bullpen retired all 11 batters after Bruce Chen departed with one out in the fifth inning. Francisley Bueno set down five in a row with two strikeouts; Louis Coleman (two strikeouts) and Donnie Joseph (three strikeouts) each pitched one inning.

• Billy Butler played in his 1,000th career game and became the ninth player in franchise history to do so.

• Butler also continued his career-long success against Detroit starter Justin Verlander by going two for three. Butler is 30 for 68 (.441) in his career against Verlander.

• The error by left fielder Alex Gordon in the first inning was his first since Sept. 27, 2012, which also came here against the Tigers.

• The Royals hold a 9-8 edge in the season series and must win one of the two remaining games to win the series for first time since going 11-7 in 2008.

• Prince Fielder’s three RBIs boosted his season total to 102, which marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons that he reached triple figures.

To reach Bob Dutton, send email to bdutton@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/Royals_Report.

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