The list goes on and on for the banged-up 2016 Royals. But if there was one guy the Royals missed the most, it likely was center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who will wind up playing 103 games because of hamstring and hand injuries, the fewest amount of games he has played since 2012.
Cain has been the Royals' spark plug in recent years, especially in 2016 when the Royals were 57-44 with him in the lineup -- that translates to a 91-71 season, likely good enough for the playoffs.
"We are built around everyone," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "But still, [Cain] is a key contributor. He protects Hoz [Eric Hosmer] and others in the lineup. It just lengthens and deepens our lineup with [Cain] in the lineup.
"We're five games back. Does not having Moose or Cain make up those games? I'm pretty sure."