Sunday, May 22nd is a date that will have a huge impact on the 2016 baseball season. On that day, Royals’ outfielder Alex Gordon collided with third baseman Mike Moustakas. Alex Gordon suffered a broken wrist and will be out at least 3-4 weeks. Today, we found out that Moustakas has suffered a torn ACL in his knee and will miss the rest of the season. That play could change the outcome of the 2016 season.
Kansas City is currently 2 games above .500 and 2 games back in the American League Central. They are winners of 7 out of their last 10 games and are showing signs of turning the corner. But this injury changes everything. The Royals will miss Gordon’s glove and bat for the next couple of weeks but Moustakas will not be easily replaced. Moustakas had a breakout 2015 with a stat line of .284/348/.470 and a 3.8 WAR as he played a vital role in the Royals’ championship run. Next up at 3rd baes for the Royals, Cheslor Cuthbert.
Cuthbert is only 23 years-old and in 15 games this season has produced a stat line of .237/.250/.339. Those are not terrible numbers for a utility player but he will need to step up if he wants to earn the starting job for the remainder of the season. Cuthbert has been a .270’s hitter throughout his minor league career. He is mainly a doubles hitter but has the pop to hit home runs at the big league level. I think the Royals will give Cuthbert a long look before deciding if they need to try to acquire a third baseman.
The Royals are trying to get back to the World Series for the third straight year and will have their work cut out for them now as they are playing without some key players. The American League Central is wide open now and so is the entire American League.