MLB

Kansas City Royals
2014 Avg.
.205
 
Career Avg.
.297
Name  Billy Butler
Born  4/18/1986
Height  6-1
Weight  240
Number  16
Position  DH
Bats  R
Throws  R
4/6/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler hasn't had much of an issue against White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Butler has gone 3-for-12 with two RBI, four walks and zero strikeouts in his first four games and he has hit .412 (14-for-34) with two doubles and three homers against Sale.
 
4/5/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 1-for-2 with two RBI Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Butler has gone 3-for-12 with two RBI, four walks and zero strikeouts in his first four games. The 27-year-old tailed off from his career year in 2012 and hit .289 with 15 homers, 82 RBI and a .786 OPS last season.
 
3/31/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler loves facing Justin Verlander.
Insight: Somehow, he's managed a .441 batting average against him in 68 at bats. Butler's fantasy value is tough to gage because he isn't eligible at first base in all formats but he's certainly worth starting today against Verlander.
 
9/27/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is 11-for-31 (.355) with three home runs against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Butler's power numbers are down, with just 14 HR this season and 40 extra base hits versus 29 and 62, respectively, last season, but this is a favorable matchup.
 
9/17/2013 12:02:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is just 1-for-12 (.083) with five strikeouts against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Butler's power numbers are down, with just 14 HR this season and 39 extra base hits versus 29 and 62, respectively, last season. Avoid this matchup.
 
t9/13/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is the rare hitter with success versus Detroit first-game starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Butler is a career .431 hitter (28-for-65) with a pair of homers and a 1.085 OPS against the ace right-hander.
 
Hot9/7/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is the rare hitter with success versus Detroit first-game starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Butler is a career .435 hitter (27-for-62) with a pair of homers and a 1.104 OPS against the ace right-hander. Butler is in the midst of a modest five-game hitting streak, including a 5-for-5 game on Thursday.
 
9/5/2013 9:56:00 PM
Description: Kansas City DH Billy Butler slammed five hits Thursday in a win against Seattle.
Insight: All five were singles, which seems to be the theme with Butler lately. Since the All-Star break, only 12 of his 59 hits have gone for extra bases (20.3 percent).
 
8/30/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .351 hitter (20-for-57) against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle with three homers and 15 RBI.
Insight: After a slow start, Butler has picked it up over the summer and pushed his batting average to .295 with 14 homers, however, he has no chance to match last year's home run total (29). Start him in this favorable matchup.
 
Hot8/26/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12) against Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Butler hasn't homered off of Hellickson and only driven in one run, but you can't argue with a 1.365 OPS. After a slow start, Butler has picked it up over the summer and pushed his batting average to .290, however, he has no chance to match last year's home run total (29).
 
Hot8/18/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Butler is 20-for-51 (.392) with four doubles and three homers over his last 13 games and has his average up to .289.
 
Hot8/16/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is the rare hitter with success versus Detroit first-game starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Butler is a career .424 hitter (25-for-59) with a pair of homers and a 1.086 OPS against the ace right-hander. Butler saw an eight-game hitting streak fall by the wayside in the first game of this series with the Tigers, but has his batting average up to .286.
 
Hot8/11/2013 9:19:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is batting .458 with five extra-base hits over his last six games.
Insight: Both Butler's home run total and extra-base hit rate are down this season compared to last year. He's now hitting .286 with an .802 OPS, 10 HR, 60 RBI and 40 runs.
 
8/9/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a career .400 hitter with three long balls and a 1.204 OPS versus Boston starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Butler's numbers are off this season (.278, 10 HR, 58 RBI, .785 OPS) as compared to last year when he set career highs for homers (29), RBI (107) and OPS (.882). perhaps this favorable matchup will get him going.
 
8/3/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Contrary to earlier reports, DH Billy Butler will get a start in the series at Citi Field. He'll start at first base on Saturday, according to Royals beat reporter Bob Dutton.
Insight: Regular first baseman Eric Hosmer will make a rare start in the outfield to accommodate Butler. Butler has been dealing with a neck injury, but is apparently well enough to play.
 
8/2/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Billy Butler's absence this weekend is partly because the DH spot won't be available at Citi Field but also because he's been battling a sore neck. SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Insight: It's poor timing as Butler has been red-hot lately. He owns a .327 average since the All-Star break compared to just .271 before it. Maybe if he's feeling up to it he can make a pinch-hitting appearance later in the series.
 
8/1/2013 9:15:00 PM
Description: According to the Kansas City Star, Royals DH Billy Butler will be out of the lineup for all three games this weekend while the team plays at New York against the Mets. Butler went 2-for-5 with two RBI Thursday and is batting .278 with nine homers and 55 RBI this season.
Insight: Butler has a career-high 51 percent groundball rate this season and is batting just .214 on grounders this season. That combined with an extreme dropoff in power has made him a fantasy disappointment. With no DH in the NL park, the team will leave Butler on the bench in favor of lefty-swinging first baseman Eric Hosmer because the Mets will start three right-handers.
 
7/27/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has hit .329 with three homers in 28 at-bats against tough lefty Chris Sale of the White Sox.
Insight: Butler has produced three straight multi-hit games and could be in line for another one even with Sale on the mound Saturday.
 
7/26/2013 9:25:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over Baltimore.
Insight: After hitting a career-high 29 homers last year, Butler's power has returned to its previous level. He has nine home runs and an 11.4 percent HR/FB.
 
7/24/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler is a 5-for-9 with four extra base hits, including a pair of homers, against Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Butler is not playing up to expectations with an OPS still more than 100 points below last season (.765 vs. .882). This matchup, however, should push his numbers in the right direction.
 

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
12:05pm Today
CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
Final
HOU 105
POR 112
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
Final
CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
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