The Royals batting order is about set, Royals manager Ned Yost said last weekend.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
When asked if hed given a lot of thought to his batting order, Yost said, Not really, it really falls into place.
He proceeded to run it down:
1. RF Norichika Aoki
2. 2B Omar Infante
3. 1B Eric Hosmer
4. DH Billy Butler
5. LF Alex Gordon
6. C Salvador Perez
7. 3B Mike Moustakas
8. CF Lorenzo Cain
9. SS Alcides Escobar
Youve got a nice left-right sequence in there, Yost said. Youve got the guys you want in the back end with Billy, Gordy and Sal as big-time run-producers. Youve got your table-setters. And Hoz can be a run-producer too because of Aokis and Infantes ability to get on base.
I dont think you need to tinker with it too much.
Yost said he likes the lineups potential from top to bottom.
Youre not going to have any dead spots, Yost said. Youre not going to get something going, then bam! You run into a wall and have to get it going again. At least I hope not.
With the batting order and four of the five pitchers in the starting rotation all but set James Shields, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen the Royals will head to Surprise, Ariz., with many answers.
Its not like past years, Yost said. We saw this in Atlanta and in Milwaukee. You come in your first year and there are seven spots open for contention. Come back the next year and theres five. Then you get to a point when youre pretty darn good and theres none.