So here the Royals are, Sept. 9 and a real pennant race. Tonight, sole possession of first place is on the line against the reigning Cy Young winner. This is the kind of baseball that Royals fans have been begging to see for years, decades. Are you confident? Are you thrilled? Are you scared?
Really, the only way I’m sure this wasn’t just a bad dream is that the weather was so nice. In the nightmare, it would’ve been super hot. Or hailing. But the rest of this had a pungeant, almost 2012 feel to it.
The Royals come out of their second-to-last offday of the season and into what sure looks like a critical road trip. Here, then, is the a projection on the Royals’ final 24 games. It got a little dramatic at the end here.
There is a natural, embedded tendency around here to always think the worst. Especially with our sports teams. And ESPECIALLY with the Royals. The Royals, you certainly know, lost last night and it was ugly.
A first-place team should have more than 13,847 fans at a home game, but there’s a better way to make the point and a better way for a manager to stay in his lane. Here, then, is the continuation of an occasional series we have called PR 101, in which we show people who’ve stepped in it a better way to step.
The announced crowd was 21,479 at Kauffman Stadium last night, and it might’ve been louder than any of the combined 90,000-plus who showed up for the three-game sweep of the Giants over the weekend. These things are best when organic, and the people who came for the 3-2 win over the A’s on Monday saw a well-played, relatively clean, close game.
So as I type these words, the Royals are 57-53. That is a pace for 84 wins. They are 1 ½ games out of a playoff spot with 52 games left to play. If you figure they need 88 wins for the playoffs, they need to go 31-21 the rest of the way.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas became such a flashpoint around the Royals early, it fortified some minds and allowed people to dig in a bit on whether he can be a good player going forward. But since his demotion, Moustakas’ .741 OPS is comparable to the season numbers of Aramis Ramirez (.750), Sal Perez (.749), Manny Machado (.731), David Wright (.739) and Jason Heyward (.730). That’ll play.