The Royals are suddenly red hot, winners of seven of their last eight games.
Kansas City just completed a six-game winning streak and a change in the lineup may have been a catalyst for the recent surge.
Frustrated by a lack of success on offense and in the standings, manager Ned Yost reportedly sought help from the Royals front office in putting together an optimal lineup. After crunching the numbers, it turned out that Salvador Perez, an excellent contact hitter, was the choice for the three-spot.
“We sit down every day and talk about it,” Yost said. “I get a lineup from the stat guys every day. I have never used it in its entirety but I use some of it. I consult with the coaches and we look at matchups and a few other things to construct our lineup.”
Yost tried out the new lineup, which also included moving Eric Hosmer into the second spot, and the Royals achieved immediate success.
After a June 4th loss to the Twins, in which Perez hit seventh, Yost decided it was time to make ...