When watching the Kansas City Royals play this season, one can say that they are going “all in” in an effort to make their first postseason appearance since 1985. By going out and acquiring veteran infielders Jamey Carroll and Emilio Bonafacio, Dayton Moore has attempted to shore up the glaring hole at second base (sorry Chris Getz, but your lack of defensive skills is alarming). But, now with the talent to make a run, Ned Yost’s club is now the handlers of their own fate.
When making a run to the postseason, it takes two things. First, you need to win a lot more games than you lose, and second, you need help to gain ground against the teams ahead of you. At this moment, the Royals stand 8.5 games out of first in the AL central, and 6 games back in the wild card race.
Now that isn’t impossible to overcome, but, it won’t be an easy road either. The remainder of the Royals schedule shows, very clearly in fact, that they are the ones who will make or break their playoff aspirations.
There is one stretch in the remaining 39 games that will decide it all. Starting Monday, September 6, the Royals will play 12 games against the Indians and Tigers, both teams that are ahead of them, and the only threats in the AL central race to keep them out of the playoffs. If they lose any ground during these series, it will put an end to what has been a successful season (considering all the losing that poor Royals fan have had to endure).
For now, Royals fan have been able to watch their team as a threat, instead of an underdog. For once, the upper staff in the Royals organization have kept the morale high, but, it might only last until the end of the season. What Dayton Moore and David Glass decide to do this offseason will show their true intention. Re-sign Ervin Santana, and it will show that they plan to make the winning ways stick. Let many of their new acquisitions walk, and it is a lesser-scale Marlins fire sale. At least for now, we have something entertaining to watch at Kaufmann stadium, for the time being.