KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 05: Eric Hosmer #35 and Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate after the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 1-0 to win the game on June 5, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
This season hasn't gone as planned for Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Hosmer has been way way down, while Moose has been better than just about anyone expected. Now, many want that next long-term extension to go to Moose, who has also been better defensively than some foresaw.
- On May 20th Eric Hosmer was hitting .172/.238/.311. This wasn't just a slump, it wasn't just bad luck, it was 40 solid games of outs. Today, he's pulled his batting average all the way up to .220, which has taken some work. In his last 16 games, Hosmer has hit .351/.406/.544. His BABIP is .383. Score one for the "BABIP evens out over time" folks. Also, nice to see the walks and power complementing the singles.
- The timeline isn't quite the same, but in earl-May Moose was cresting. His highpoint came on May 7th, when his line reached .313/.370/.545. Since then, he's cooled down, hitting .239/.314/.435. The singles have gone away, and his BABIP in his last 25 games is .250. Score another for the "BABIP evens out over time" folks. Still, as with Hosmer on the upswing, the walks and a bit of power are still there.
Inherently, the numbers I cherry picked are likely to tell dramatic stories. I looked for the absolute high and low points for the two, and then what had happened since. But it isn't that clean, Moose actually bottomed out at the end of May, and has rebounded since. His numbers are going up again.
The larger question remains: has this season dramatically altered your Hosmer-Moose preference?