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What if the Royals were in the NL?

Maybe this has been done fairly recently, but if it hasn't, I think it would be an interesting discussion. The Royals have beaten up on NL opponents for the last couple of years, and as most of us remember, were offered the chance to switch leagues about ten years ago.  

What do you think the Royals' record would be if they and the Brewers had switched places prior to the season? (I'm asking prior to this season since the Royals would still have basically the same roster as now.)

Would they be around .500, in playoff contention, as bad as now? What would the ideal "typical" batting order be (we can at least imagine Buddy Bell has one, right)?  Would our heroic manager be saner in the NL or would his lineups be even wilder?  

BB sample...May 18 at Colorado
DeJesus cf
Grudzielanek 2b
Teahen rf
Sweeney 1b
Brown lf
buck c
gordon 3b
pena ss
pitcher slot (duckworth)

Somehow this lineup seems to make sense, for the most part, especially if German was put in Grudz's spot. Gordon should probably move up now, but that wasn't bad at the time given, Gordo's struggles. Of course the lineup changed the next day, and the Royals struggled offensively.

Even with Bell, I'm thinking they could be around .500 (perhaps on the sunny side) in the NL. Seven more wins wouldn't be too far-fetched, would it?

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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