Nicky Lopez not in Royals' final lineup Wednesday

Kansas City Royals infielder Nicky Lopez is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season finale against right-hander Aaron Civale and the Cleveland Guardians.

What It Means:

Nate Eaton will move to the hot corner in place of Lopez while Sebastian Rivero enters the lineup to catch for Jonathan Heasley and hit ninth. MJ Melendez will work as the Royals' designated hitter.

Eaton has a $2,600 salary on Wednesday and numberFire’s models project him for 8.6 FanDuel points. Rivero has a minimum $2,000 salary and is our lowest-projected batter of the day at 2.8 FanDuel points. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Royals’ implied total (3.31) is in the bottom-third of the league today.