Schedule Ripe for Royals to Make Some Noise

If the Royals are going to really get back in this thing, now is a great time to make some noise leading up to the All-Star Break. Their schedule is favorable compared to the other AL Central contenders. Perhaps their offense is starting to wake up, after 3 consecutive 8-run outputs. Maybe we continue to see Good-Luke, Teaford is solid, and perhaps even Odorizzi joins the rotation and we get some decent consistency from the starters.

If all goes well, how much ground could the Royals reasonably make up?

I'm looking at this through my optimistic Royals-goggles, but trying to keep things relatively reasonable. In other words, I'm not calling for the Royals to go on a 12 game winning streak, and rest of the division to go on 12 game losing streaks. I'm just looking for series splits to go the Royals' way, based on the relative strength of the matchups.

Here are the schedules for each team, and my optimistic-but-not-too-optimistic predictions for each series (please excuse the formatting, or lack thereof):


Rays (win final game)

Twins (win 3 of 4)

Blue Jays (split 4 game series)

Tigers (win 2 of 3)


**White Sox**

Twins (win final game)

Yankees (lose 3 of 4)

Rangers (lose 2 of 3)

Blue Jays (lose 2 of 3)



Yankees (lose final game)

Orioles (lose 3 of 4)

Angels (lose 2 of 3)

Rays (split 4 game series)



Rangers (lose final game)

Rays (split 4 game series)

Twins (split 4 game series)

Royals (lose 2 of 3)


What would the Standings look like with these results?

Chicago 43-42

Kansas City 41-43 (1.5 GB)

Cleveland 41-44 (2 GB)

Detroit 41-45 (2.5 GB)

Who wouldn't take that? I don't think anyone could argue we would be in the race if that's how things played out, and become buyers instead of sellers. What better way to inject some real excitement in the team right before hosting the All-Star Game?

Can it happen? Sure. I don't think any of these scenarios in isolation are far-fetched. Will it happen? I guess we'll see.

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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