By Doug LaCerte @DLaC67 on June 30, 2014
The term "Royal Killer" is almost always uttered with venom, and those who earn the label are hated with intense passion. To be labeled such a thing is to go down forever as someone despised by all followers of Kansas City Royals fans. The following are this year's most hated at the halfway point.
The Baltimore Orioles' star of the future Manny Machado hasn't hurt KC with his power yet this season, but he's still finding ways to get on base. Machado is batting .438 in 16 plate appearances against the Royals in 2014. Let's just hope he doesn't chuck a bat at anyone.
This talented up-and-comer with the Houston Astros fueled his team's sweep of KC in an integral four-game series. He has two HRs, two doubles and a .400 average in 20 at-bats against Kansas City pitching this season.
At least the Royals aren't alone in getting destroyed by possible Silver Slugger Edwin Encarnacion this season. So far, Encarnacion is .360 with four HRs and 10 RBIs in 22 ABs.
Well-known freak Mike Trout hammered KC in the first half of this season. Trout has three HRs, a .409 batting average and a ridiculous .864 SLG against KC in 22 at-bats this year. You might think this would make him the Royal Killer of the Year, but you'd be wrong, because of ...
I'm sure J.D. Martinez is a lovely guy, but I can't find it in myself not to hate him a little already. After three years with the Houston Astros hitting .251 with a .387 slugging percentage, Martinez came to the Detroit Tigers and immediately began breaking hearts of Royals fans everywhere. This guy has played a huge part in Detroit beating KC in head-to-head series, contributing three HRs, three doubles, eight RBIs and batting an even .500.
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