Royals hire two hitting coaches to replace Kevin Seitzer

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Kansas City has joined Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Diego in hiring both a hitting coach and an assistant hitting coach, as the Royals have added Jack Maloof and Andre David to their staff.

They’ll replace Kevin Seitzer, who was fired earlier this month after the Royals ranked 12th, 6th, 10th, and 13th among AL teams in scoring during his four years on the job, and Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Maloof “will be the primary coach.”

A few weeks ago the Phillies fired hitting coach Greg Gross and replaced him with Steve Henderson, later naming Wally Joyner as his assistant hitting coach.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a full-scale trend yet, but clearly teams are rethinking the way they approach putting together the MLB-allowed six-man coaching staff.

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.