Moose likes overall balance in Royals' lineup

Moose likes overall balance in Royals' lineup

Moose likes overall balance in Royals' lineup
DETROIT -- The Royals' offense has been humming at times in recent weeks and third baseman Mike Moustakas feels the lineup is as balanced and dangerous as it has been in his two seasons with the club.

Moustakas is helping to strike that balance with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs heading into Saturday's game, but there is a significant amount of confidence that the entire lineup is playing with at this point in the season.

"It's a good time to be coming to the clubhouse right now," Moustakas said. "We always have a lot of fun, but right now things are going well, and we're producing a lot of runs."

The Royals' productivity is not being lost on opposing teams.

"I think teams are aware of the talent that we have, not just with our hitting, but that we have some strong arms that really can get the job done," Moustakas said. "I think teams know there aren't any easy outs in our lineup or any weaknesses in the talent we have. It's a very deep team -- we have depth all over the roster."

Moustakas continued his recent surge by drilling a 410-foot line drive to straightaway center for a ground-rule double in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Tigers.

One of the keys for Kansas City's offensive resurgence has been an increased level of experience up and down the lineup. Having catcher Salvador Perez back in the lineup has also helped, according to Moustakas. Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer agrees.

"[Perez] has got a fundamentally sound swing," Seitzer said. "He has tremendous pitch recognition and power. I was impressed the first day I saw him swing [in Spring Training 2011] and he is able to make adjustments pretty quickly."

"All of our guys are really coming together," Moustakas said. "[Eric] Hosmer (batting .280 since July 1) is really swinging the bat as well now and Yuni [Yuniesky Betancourt] is doing all the things he does to make an impact. I think what is really impressive is the depth that we have and with the experience, we are learning how to be more productive."

And with the Royals having won three more games than they had to this point a year ago, the feeling around the clubhouse is that they can make a second-half run in the American League Central.

"To be honest, we feel like that we should have a few more wins and be closer to first," Moustakas said. "We feel like we've let a couple recently get away, but we know we're in the race."

Heading into Saturday's game, four Royals had at least 30 RBIs and three (Billy Butler with 49, Moustakas with 44 and Hosmer with 39) were bunched near the top.