2. The trio atop the lineup must continue to produce
Alcides Escobar was already mentioned above, but he has not been the only offensive producer for the Royals. Second baseman Ben Zobrist and center fielder Lorenzo Cain have also been steady forces in the two and three spots, respectively. Zobrist was 8-25 with three doubles and two home runs while Cain was 6-20 with five RBI and five walks.
All told the trio combined for a .367 average with 14 RBI, and 17 runs scored. With guys like Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez struggling, the offensive trio atop the Royals lineup must continue to produce at a high level if they hope to keep up with a powerful Mets lineup that scored no less than four runs in each game against the Chicago Cubs. This very well could be the most important key, as Escobar, Zobrist, and Cain will be counted on to be the kickstarters against aces Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, as well as future ace Noah Syndergaard.