Well, obviously the big thing around here is that the Royals have become, somehow, the hottest team in baseball.
A few numbers before we get to a blog post about Jamaal Charles:
The Royals’ playoff odds, according to MLB.com: 43.3 percent.
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According to Baseball Prospectus: 47.8 percent.
According to ESPN.com and, I promise, this is not a typo: 59.2 percent.
The Royals’ offense before the front office sat out the trade deadline and Eric Hosmer got hurt: .262/.312/.374 and 4.0 runs per game.
The Royals’ offense after the front office sat out the trade deadline and Hosmer got hurt: .281/.320/.430 and 5.1 runs per game.
Billy Butler since July 26: .377/.389/.717 with six doubles and four home runs in 53 at bats.
OK, now I’ll get to that stuff about Jamaal Charles.