Jun 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielderLorenzo Cain
(6) doubles against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
• Lorenzo Cain (Royals): Cain is batting .317 this season in 67 games and is maybe the best leadoff hitter in the Central. His OBP is .353, and he has a slugging percentage of .440.
Cain has 80 hits thus far in '14
Cain is in his fifth season in the MLB and is on pace to have his best season yet. Last year, he batted .251 in 115 games, but I believe he’ll continue to keep this pace up as the season progresses, He has 16 doubles, three home runs, three triples and a total of 80 hits … he is perfect for the leadoff role with those type of numbers.
• Alex Gordon (Royals): Do the Royals have the best outfield in the division? Gordon is having a good season with 44 RBIs in 88 games played this year. He’s almost surpassed his doubles numbers from last season (27) with 24 thus far in ’14.
He is 6-of-8 in steal attempts, and his OBP is .348 ,as he’s also forced 35 walks this season. The Royals’ outfield is must-watch for the second half of the season.
• Michael Brantley (Indians): Brantley is batting .327 this season, and he, like the other outfielders mentioned, is having career numbers in many facets of his game.
Brantley’s most impressive stat to me is his 62 RBIs and 111 hits. Of his 111 hits, 22 are doubles, and one is a triple. He also has 14 home runs and a .522 slugging percentage.
The Indians’ all-star is batting 43 points over his career batting average, and the question will be: can he keep that pace up in the second half of the season?