This will be purely a, "How great is being a Royals fan today compared to seasons past?" post, so expect nothing thoughtful....
The Royals currently sit at 8-6 and in first place, which, as any Royals fan knows, is fantastic. But it gets even better--MGD are starting the next 3 games, and as was the case the last time through the rotation, this means BIG starting pitching advantages.
Meche vs Anthony Reyes....huge advantage
Greinke vs Rick Porcello.....huge advantage
Davies vs Zach Miner.....less huge, but still rather sizable advantage
Better yet, after facing way too many lefties of late, all 3 of the opposing starters are right-handed. This means many good things. Most importantly, it means that the Royals 3-5 hitters won't be as laughable as they've been lately. The Royals, quite frankly, do not currently have even a single half-decent middle-of-the-order bat against left-handing pitching. (Unless you want to be really generous and say Butler is a half-decent power bat against lefties--at this point, I'm not that generous.) But against right-handed pitching, DDJ, Teahen, and especially Jacobs are all non-embarrassing options to slot into the middle of the order. The other very significant benefit of facing RHP's is that Maier will presumably start over Bloomquist in RF, resulting in a substantial upgrades both offensively and defensively.
So, with 3 big starting pitching advantages with favorable platoon splits for our club coming up, I'd be disappointed if the Royals aren't at least 10-7 before Ponson gets rocked on Sunday, and I don't think I'm crazy in hoping for 11-6 instead.
How much better is this year than years past?