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Kansas City Royals Could End Nearly Three Decades of Futility

Kansas City RoyalsFollowing 28 years of futility, the American League Central Kansas City Royals finally seem to be bound for the playoffs.

On May 29, the Royals were just 24-28 and owned the league’s 11th best record. The Houston Astros had just swept them and the season was looking to be one of the worst in many years.

Rewind, since 1985, the Royals have not been to the playoffs and there have not been any near misses over that span of time.

Last season things started to look better for the Royals as they were 43-27 following the All Star break, but prior to the break were an anemic 43-49 and once again missed the postseason. The season ended 86-76 but they were six games out of a wildcard spot. Nevertheless, it was their best season in the past 24.

Fast forward to 2014 and the club looked strangely the same through May 29, as they were four games under .500.

After winning that game in 10 innings May 29, the Royals started to turn their fortunes around. A week later Kansas City went on a winning streak of 10 games and on June 18 was in first place over the Detroit Tigers.

Today after 124 games, with just 38 to play, the Royals are in first place two games in front of the Tigers. Kansas City has won 2 straight and 8 of its last 10.

Offensively, the Royals are third in the league in batting average at .265, 13th in runs, 15th in slugging percentage and 17th in on base percentage.

The pitching staff is 9th in quality starts, 11th in team ERA, 14th in WHIP and 15th in opponent’s batting average.

Nearly three years of futility could be coming to an end for the Royals and if they do reach the playoffs, they could be a sleeper during the postseason.

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