Ned Yost has the right touch, even when it seems to be wrong

In the span of a year, Royals manager Ned Yost has morphed into King Midas, having a touch of gold that seems to prevail even if his decisions don’t make scientific sense. Whether that holds up during the playoffs, of course, can’t be known, and that will be the measure of this season.

Strictly business: Why the Royals picked Yordano Ventura over Johnny Cueto

The Game 1 playoff start given to Yordano Ventura was supposed to be Johnny Cueto’s role, you remember. But the ace is no longer the ace because this is a business relationship between the Royals and Cueto, who will be a free agent after the season. Ventura, however, is in a long-term relationship with the Royals.

This week's circulars

The Kansas City Royals held a pep rally at Kauffman Stadium for fans on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, two days before they open the 2015 postseason with Game 1 of the American League Division Series.