Billy Butler came up with a career year last season for the Kansas City Royals. It led many to believe that he had finally turned the corner and was going to become a power hitter who averaged 25 or 30 home runs each season. It looks like Butler is struggling this season with that newfound success, though, and it’s time for him to go back to basics.
Butler was hitting .273 with five home runs and 34 RBIs going into Friday’s play. This is coming off a season where he had 29 home runs and 107 RBIs to go with a .313 batting average. Everyone has seen that Butler is a doubles machine, and while he is still doing that this season, the power isn’t there. I have to think that it is time for him to just focus on being the dominant average and doubles player that he was to begin his career. I don’t think the home run plan is working out for him.
He is hitting the ball too much on the ground and is on pace for just 13 home runs, which would be an epic disappointment. Kansas City had very high hopes going into this season of making the playoffs after making the trade for James Shields. They need players like Butler now to pull their weight. We will have to wait and see what happens because he has improved his average 18 points over the last ten games. It could be the sign of a turnaround. It also could be just a blip on the radar screen during a down year for the player known as Country Breakfast.