The Royals aren't doing so hot.
You know, I know; it's not a thing that is much contested. Eric Hosmer, cleanup hitter and supposed core of the Royals' offense, hasn't hit a home run since August 14. It is September 19. Johnny Cueto can't pitch to save his life. Danny Duffy has been demoted to the bullpen, and Jeremy Guthrie, who is still pitching, will take his place in the rotation.
Collectively, things aren't much better. In the month of September, Kansas City is 5-10. When they have lost, they have lost in every way possible. During these losses, the Royals have scored 3 runs/game. During these losses, the Royals have allowed 7.5 runs/game.
Tonight, Yordano Ventura seeks to power KC to its second win in three days for only the second time this month. Here is the lineup:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight’s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Royals?src=hash">#Royals</a> lineup vs Indians at 6:10 CT on <a href="https://twitter.com/FSKansasCity">@FSKansasCity</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBTV">@MLBTV</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/610SportsKC">@610SportsKC</a>: <a href="http://t.co/teRb1WngE6">http://t.co/teRb1WngE6</a> <a href="http://t.co/Aun5FGqnpO">pic.twitter.com/Aun5FGqnpO</a></p>— Royals (@Royals) <a href="https://twitter.com/Royals/status/644592068933738497">September 17, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Tonight, Alex Gordon gets the day off, but Jarrod Dyson gets an all-too-rare start. Mike Moustakas will move to second in the order again.