The Kansas City Royals resume action later this week with hopes of making a run at the AL Central Division lead. One way the Royals could have more success is by finding more playing time for David Lough.
The Royals outfielder had two hits Sunday in a 6-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Lough continues to hit the ball well for the Royals at .294 with three home runs and 16 RBI, but that’s in 48 games. He has played 37 games for the Royals’ affiliate in Omaha.
The challenge for the Royals has been to find a spot for Lough. They need to do a better job of that. Anybody that’s hitting close to .300 and is wearing a Royals uniform should usually be penciled into the lineup. The Royals need to keep getting solid hitting in its order, and Lough has had a lot of success in that area.
So far, this season has been the longest stint in MLB for him and it’s turned out very well. Eventually, like any younger player, his numbers might level off; but while they’re up, the Royals need to use him.
The first few weeks after the All-Star break are critical for any team wanting to make a move at the division lead. The Royals are home for three games with the Detroit Tigers and could instantly be back in the race with two or three wins. If players like Lough can keep producing, the Royals might be good enough to stay in the race for awhile.