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Jose Abreu and the Kansas City Royals are tied for the MLB lead in homers

May 5, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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We’re about 20 percent of the way through the season and rookie White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu leads baseball with 12 home runs, which is also the same number of home runs the Kansas City Royals have combined to hit as a team. Seriously.

Abreu has 12 homers in 141 plate appearances.

Kansas City has 12 homers in 1,109 plate appearances.

Here are the league leaders if we pretend for a moment that the Royals are one individual person who just weighs a lot and has 50 sets of limbs:

Jose Abreu           12
Kansas City Royals   12
Albert Pujols        10
Giancarlo Stanton    10
Jose Bautista         9
Nelson Cruz           9
Adrian Gonzalez       9

To put the Royals’ lack of power in some team-based context, consider that the Rockies have hit 44 home runs and the average non-Royals team has hit 28 home runs.

  1. royalsblues - May 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    The irony behind this is the fact that Ned Yost ran off a good hitting coach (Kevin Seitzer) because the team wasn’t hitting enough home runs. That’s worked out well, hasn’t it?

    • groundruledoublebourbon - May 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      I subscribe to the belief that hitting coaches have a minimal effect on the on-field product, and that the players are ultimately responsible for the production (putting that in type sounds so simplistic that it felt dumb to state).
      Given that, Seitzer’s ability as a hitting coach is largely overstated around KC. I believe this is mostly due to sentimentalism, as Seitzer played for the Royals prior to his stint as hitting coach. In the four seasons Seitzer was the hitting coach for the Royals, the team registered team OPS+’s of: 92, 100, 104, 94, and they were near the bottom of the league in runs scored.. Anyhow, I just find it aggravating that some Royals fans act like the club let the solution to our offensive woes walk out the door in the form of Kevin Seitzer back in 2012.

      • ksbuff - May 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        And since their OPS+ has been 89 (’13) and 82 (’14 so far). Seitzer may not be the answer, but he is closer to it than Grifol.

    • nbjays - May 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      It worked out fine for the Blue Jays, who have 38 homers as the moment. Seitzer has done wonders for Joey Bats’ plate discipline, judging by his 33 walks.

  2. gigab0t - May 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    They should put Billy Butler on the back of a milk carton. Get it? Because no one knows where he is.

    • grumpyoleman - May 5, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      JV knows

    • groundruledoublebourbon - May 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Billy Butler is hitting .308 with an OBP of .352 over the last 17 games. Selective endpoints, etc., but he is a feature, not a bug, of this anemic offense.

  3. zzalapski - May 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    If the Royals were collectively one really heavy dude with 50 sets of limbs, Ned Yost would still find a way to deploy him in a suboptimal manner.

  4. thomas844 - May 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    So maybe keeping Wil Myers might have been a good idea.

  5. jkcalhoun - May 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Never mind the Rockies, who play you-know-where. The Giants have hit 41 home runs already, and that’s one of the most surprising things to have happened in the early going this year.

    The performance of the Royals’ offense so far, unfortunately, isn’t the least bit surprising at all.

  6. sportsdrenched - May 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    It’s been 8 years. But we should still trust Dayton Moore’s Process, right? RIGHT!

  7. earpaniac - May 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I remember reading projections for Abreu when he signed that said he could be a 20 hr guy. I guess they meant by the All-Star break.

    • doctornature - May 5, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      No, by the end of MAY…if not sooner, the way he is going.

      But pitchers may quit pitching to him. Field is hitting .225 with 1 or 2 dingers and has gotten 9 Intentionals so far. Can Abreu be far behind?

  8. Detroit Michael - May 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Too bad that the White Sox don’t have the pitching so far. So far, they lead the American League both in runs scored and runs allowed. A quick check at the one-yea park factors shows that New Comiskey Park [insert advertiser-paid name if you prefer] hasn’t been inflating the runscoring, so that’s not it.

  9. timmons94 - May 5, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    The process is not working out well. But at least Dayton has the championship parade route already mapped out. 3 games at petco. 3 at safeco. Royals might be stuck there for awhile

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