Last Friday was a celebration for the Kansas City Royals after they finally secured the American League Central Division championship.
It was a drubbing of the Seattle Mariners in which Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer both homered, and the Royals dominated behind the pitching of Johnny Cueto to take the title in front of a packed Kauffman Stadium.
Despite leading the division for the majority of the season, the actually crowning of a championship seems like it took until the last week of the season–second to last, anyway.
A 162-game season is a grind for any time, but with 90 wins on the year, the Kansas City Royals have improved their record every year since 2010, something which hasn’t been done since the 1920’s, and no NFL or NBA team has every accomplished such a consistent upward trend.
Ned Yost has commanded his team perfectly and figured out the perfect blend of players to form what has become a perennial contender.
Now, with a division crowd and a spot in the playoffs set in stone, the attention turns to what should be a blistering finish to the season to secure the best record in the American League and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Through Monday, the Toronto Blue Jays have supplanted the Royals by a game for the best record.
Since the All-Star break, no team outside of the St. Louis Cardinals, has played better than the Blue Jays.
Most Royals fans have a singular fear when it comes to the playoffs, and that lies in our friends from the North, Toronto.
The Jays seemingly hit multiple home runs every time they play, and have three players among the leaders in home runs and RBI’s in the AL.
KC’s pitching has exactly been at its best over the past six weeks, which makes the prospect of facing Toronto in the ALCS, a frightening one.
Still, both teams have to win their ALDS match-ups before they can think about playing for a spot in the World Series, but if you were to imagine that series taking shape between the two teams, you’d like the Blue Jays to have to come to the larger and less homer-friendly Kauffman Stadium.
Beginning Tuesday, Kansas City will head to Chicago to take on the White Sox for a three-game set. Following its trip to the Windy City, KC will close out the regular season in Minnesota, which is still attempting to secure a spot in the Wild Card.
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