Fun With Numbers: Billy Butler Embarks On Historical Season For Kansas City Royals

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 06: Billy Butler #16 of the Kansas City Royals runs the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox on August 6, 2012 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Billy Butler continues to climb the Royals single season home run charts, while Jeff Francoeur has been completed void of driving in runs this season for the Kansas City Royals.

With the day off on Monday and the Kansas City Royals set to return home to face the Oakland Athletics, it is a good time to sit back and review some of the current numbers of the notable figures.

We start off with Billy Butler, who quietly has posted 24 home runs and 73 RBI. If you take his current pace and look at what it will be over the course of the season, Butler is on pace for 34 home runs and 103 RBI.

As you may know, no Royals slugger has reached even 30 home runs since Jermaine Dye hit 33 in 2000. If Butler were to hit 34, it would be tied for the third best output in Royals history. Sadly, his 24 home runs are already tied for 28th on the Kansas City all-time list.

Dye had 118 RBI that year, and Butler isn't near that conversation, but 104 RBI would be the highest since Carlos Beltran had 105 and Raul Ibanez finished with 103 RBI in 2002.

Alex Gordon is on pace for for 192 hits, which is amazing considering his sluggish start. It would top Gordon's personal best of 185 last season, and tie Butler's hit total from 2010. Willie Wilson leads the club with most hits in a season with 230 in 1980.

Gordon is also on pace currently to finish near the Royals season record for doubles. On pace for 54, he is currently on pace to tie the Royals record of 54 by Hal McRae in 1977.

The other bright spot offensively for the course of the season has been Mike Moustakas. The second year third basemen is on pace for 26 home runs and 77 RBI. Overall, it would be something we haven't seen at third base offensively since the days of Joe Randa.

For those of you wondering about just how poor Jeff Franceour has been, he is on pace for 15 home runs and just 47 RBI. By comparison Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez already have 35 RBI between them in just 71 games played total.

For more Royals news and notes, make sure to head on over to Royals Review.

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