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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (pictured) continues to struggle mightily at the plate, hitting a woeful .147/.215/.321 on the season.
But he's accounted for 25 percent of Kansas City's 16 home runs on the season—the lowest power output of any team in baseball. In fact, the Royals are on pace to hit only 70 home runs, which, going back to 2000, would be the lowest home run total for a team by a wide margin.
The team's lack of power hasn't been lost on manager Ned Yost, who believes that the outage is only temporary, as he explained to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince last month:
You can't ever go up there looking to uncork one. In your approach, you want them aggressive, with a plan, and you want to take advantage of mistakes. [Danny] Salazar hung a split [Tuesday night], and Moose [Moustakas] deposited it. That's what we haven't been doing. When pitchers make mistakes, we're popping them up or rolling over on them instead of driving it out of the park. That will happen as the season goes on.
Left fielder Alex Gordon isn't overly concerned either, he told Castrovince:
The whole object of the game is to score runs. We want to drive the ball, but if we hit 20 singles in a game and score 10 runs, we're happy with it. Obviously, we want more power, but the whole point of the game is scoring runs. You can't come in here and focus on the negative. This game is a negative game. It's about being positive and staying within yourself, and knowing it's going to come.
But what happens if that power doesn't come?
Gordon, who has hit 20 home runs in two of the past three seasons, has only one on the year, as do Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer, two of the team's most important bats.
If that trio (Gordon, Hosmer and Butler) is going to flounder when it comes to power, the Royals could be in for a very long, disappointing season.