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After Brief Success, Royal 2Bs Falling Back to Earth

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May 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz (17) lays down a sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
May 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz (17) lays down a sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Three weeks into the season, Royal secondbasemen -- Yuni and Getz in 50/50 split time -- had the third highest composite OPS of any 2B-team in the American League. With Yuni and Getz at 40 and 39 PAs respectively, their total line was a surprisingly good .333/.370/.464.

How have they done since?

As of this morning, May 16th, here's the "as a 2B" line for the Royals, with AL rank:

BA OBP SLG OPS
.274 .331 .395 .726
AL Rank 5th 6th 7th 7th

So there's been a fairly large drop. The days of being in the Cano-Kinsler neighborhood are over.

Since April 26th, Getz has hit just .231/.311/.333 which has been nearly all of the composite decline, since he's basically been the only 2B out there since Yuni's injury. In 5 PAs as a 2B Johnny G has also contributed, posting a .000/.200/.000 line.

But the larger issue here is Getz, who appears to have stopped stinging the ball quite so much. Although, don't expect a decrease in playing time - the Royals just don't care about results when filling out the lineup card. (Gordon Beckham, however, is still awful.)

This has been your Royal secondbasemen update.