Since the All Star Break, the Royals have caught the White Sox, had a winning record on an extremely difficult roadtrip, dropped three straight to New York and swept Texas. As this shows, while promise abounds on the team's roster, so do question marks and inconsistencies seen in the Yankee's series. For example, only Gil Meche and Brian Bannister have truly established themselves as locks for the starting rotation next year. It doesn't matter if your starting lineup is like a page torn out of Baseball America's top prospect list. Butler and Gordon become virtually negligible with struggling starting pitching.
However, if de la Rosa, Perez and Nunez are able to pitch as they have in the past week, the Royals rotation, and team as a whole, begins to look like a lot more of a legitamite contender in the Central next year. With an acquisition or two thorugh trades or free agency and at least two of the aforementioned starters getting their act together, we should be in good shape in '08.