Last year, the Orioles and Rangers won the American League wild card spots with 93 wins each. Right now, as I type this through the haze of unbelievability^ that is the Royals since the All-Star break, the Rays hold the second wild card with a win percentage that calculates to 92 wins.
The Royals, winners of all but three of their last 20 games, would need to finish 30-16 to win 92 and 31-15 to win 93.
The last time the Royals won 30 of 46 games was 1993^.
^ Originally, I had it as 1977. So a 16-year mistake. Still, ‘93 was a long time ago. Michael Jordan hadn’t yet retired, even the first time.
Somehow, though, that doesn’t seem impossible. The last three weeks, this Royals team has done everything but put Jarrod Dyson in a commercial, sliding across home plate with an American Express card.
This week’s eating recommendation is the kitchen sink at Succotash. The reading recommendation is Charles Pierce on Tiger Woods
(again), because there’s no chance it wasn’t going to be awesome.
Very busy week, including the completely bizarre feeling of heading to Detroit for the Royals games Thursday and Friday instead of the Chiefs game here (Teicher, Covitz and Vahe will have you covered). As always, thanks for your help and for reading.