Mike Moustakas followed up Thursday’s “little league home run” with a no-doubter in the following game. In doing so, he went back-to-back with Salvador Perez to give the Kansas City Royals an early lead over the Cleveland Indians. Moustakas currently has an even .200 average after going 1-4 with two strikeouts in Game 2 with Cleveland. That shouldn’t really be an uplifting stat in most situations, but in this context, it’s actually very encouraging.
Moose just blasted his 13th homer to immediately regain the team lead after Perez tied it, but the rest of this season’s statistics are a mixed bag for Moustakas so far. Five different Royals have higher averages than Moose with more at-bats, and three Royals have more than his 40 RBIs. Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain all have higher slugging percentages in similar playing time.
Only Gordo bests Moose’s SLG percentage with runners in scoring position, but there’s a difference of .167. KC’s third baseman does lead his team in HRs, despite his ridiculous “little league homer” that came in Game 1 not being included in the total. Six Royals starters have higher averages with RISP than Moose’s .236, but things seem to be looking up for one of KC’s most important players. Moose is steadily raising his average and SLG percentage, as both show a spike in June and July.
He batted .157 in April and just .001 higher in the following month, but his average improved to .236 in the month of June and .259 in July. His April SLG percentage of .349 dropped to .289 in May, as he started seriously over-swinging and went the entire month without a homer. After getting his head straight during a stint with the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers, Moose posted a .415 SLG percentage in June. He has a SLG percentage of .552 so far this month.
With Eric Hosmer presumably returning….eventually, this team’s corner infielders could do quite a lot to give KC the offensive potential they need to compete in the American League. Hosmer is batting .410 and posting a .607 SLG percentage in July. He was tied with Moose for the team lead in RBIs this month with 10, before Moustakas went deep on Friday. And yes, we’ll be talking about Billy Butler very soon. Just enjoy this majestic blast for now and appreciate one turnaround at a time.