/On Baseball: At the Plate, the Royals Don’t Miss Much

On Baseball: At the Plate, the Royals Don’t Miss Much

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Mike Moustakas hitting a single for Kansas City, which had the fewest strikeouts in the majors.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Moustakas laughed, softly, an instinctive response from a man who tries to hit baseballs for a living. His team, the Kansas City Royals, tends to struggle against soft-tossing pitchers but handles fastballs well. The Mets, he was reminded, have a hard-throwing rotation. Might that give the Royals an advantage in the World Series?

“I guess,” Moustakas said, looking up from his interview table at Kauffman Stadium on Monday. “I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to hit 99 miles an hour. It’s not easy to hit 91 miles an hour when it’s sinking off the table, either.

“Never has been, never will be — and making it a little bit harder is guys throwing 99 miles an hour with sinkers, sliders and cutters. We’re going to have to put good at-bats together, try to find ways to score some…

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