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Will the Royals Be Okay Without Butler?

The World Series is now heading back to the National League for Games 3, 4, and 5 and the Royals will not be able to use their DH Billy Butler unless he is pinch hitting. This is a serious blow for the Royals as Butler has been hot in the WS and was key in sustaining rallies in Game 2. Excluding the ALDS, Butler has gone 9-for-24 (.375) with a pair of doubles and seven RBI in seven games. The Royals will now have to figure out how to work around their pitchers in the order and will have to rely on their starters pulling big innings or the bullpen coming out early. However this is when Yost will have to show that he can properly manage the pen as the relievers will also have to bat if they aren't subbed out. You would also have to think that the Royals will sorely miss Butler when the Royals likely face Bumgarner in Game 5 of the WS. The ace left-hander has been rolling to the tune of a 1.40 ERA this October, and he was last seen in Game 1 limiting the Royals to one run on three hits in seven innings. How much will Butler's absence from the lineup affect them? We shall see!
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