Kansas City Royals Lose Alex Gordon For 8 Weeks
Alex Gordon has made a living making the difficult catch look routine in the outfield. On Wednesday his elite skill-set on defense cost him and the Kansas City Royals – big time.
The star outfielder is expected to miss up to eight weeks thanks to a “grade 2” groin strain. Gordon was attempting to track a deep fly ball in left field when he suffered the injury to his left groin.
This isn’t just a big blow to Kansas City’s defense. Gordon was a stud outfielder and played a helping hand in a solid defense that still has held opponents under 300 total runs through Thursday afternoon.
It might be Gordon’s offense Kansas City ends up missing the most over the next two months, however. Gordon provided solid power (11 homers on the year) which translated into extra runs for the rest of his teammates (third on the team with 39 RBI).
In other words, the Royals lost a very good two-way player on Wednesday night, and arguably at the worst possible time. The Royals are in a nice spot currently, sitting atop the AL Central with a solid 49-33 record. They’re not all by themselves, however, as the pesky Minnesota Twins are just 4.5 games back and the Detroit Tigers (11 games back) are heating up at just the right time.
It’s still possible the Royals can withstand the Gordon injury and hold onto first place in the NL Central, but it won’t be easy. Gordon’s injury certainly hurts their odds to win a tight division race, while their playoff and World Series odds might take a hit, as well.
Jarrod Dyson is slated to take over in Gordon’s absence. The 30-year old doesn’t bring the same power as Gordon (just one homer in 99 at bats), but hits a respectable .273 and could keep the Royals offense from dropping off significantly.
The Royals are currently 3/1 odds to win the 2015 World Series and that could certainly take a hit moving forward. Naturally, MLB bettors previously liking those odds may want to take a step back and wait to see how this injury impacts the team. If Kansas City’s odds drop severely, though, they could be a good team to bet on still.
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