Game 159 Open Thread - The Royals of Kansas City Versus The Indians of Cleveland

The Royals hope, nay, need to get back to their losing ways in an effort to better their situation in next year's draft. Losing is the one true path.

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After last night's game, which can only be qualified as an abject failure to carry out Mission: Get Better Draft Pick, the Royals find themselves in a tough spot. A loss yesterday would have put them in a two-way tie for the eighth pick of the draft with the Toronto Blue Jays, who won yesterday. Instead the Royals failed to give away the victory when ceding the lead last night, and they ensured that both Cleveland and Minnesota would draft ahead of them in the 2013 Amateur Draft.

To see where the Royals stand, let us take a gander at the bottom of the Wild Card Standings.


American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 91 67 .575 0 Lost 1
Oakland 90 68 .569 1 Won 2
Los Angeles 87 70 .554 3.5 Won 1
Tampa Bay 87 71 .550 4 Lost 2
Chicago 83 75 .525 8 Lost 1
Seattle 73 85 .462 18 Lost 2
Kansas City 71 87 .449 20 Won 1
Toronto 70 88 .443 21 Won 1
Boston 69 89 .436 22 Lost 4
Cleveland 66 92 .417 25 Lost 1
Minnesota 66 92 .417 25 Lost 1

(updated 9.30.2012 at 11:05 AM CDT)



National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 92 66 .582 0 Won 1
St. Louis 85 73 .537 7 Lost 1
Los Angeles 83 75 .525 9 Won 4
Milwaukee 81 77 .512 11 Won 1
Arizona 80 78 .506 12 Won 2
Philadelphia 79 79 .500 13 Won 1
Pittsburgh 77 81 .487 15 Won 1
San Diego 75 83 .474 17 Won 1
New York 73 85 .462 19 Lost 1
Miami 67 91 .424 25 Lost 1
Colorado 62 96 .392 30 Lost 2
Chicago 59 99 .373 33 Lost 7
Houston 52 106 .329 40 Lost 1

(updated 9.30.2012 at 11:06 AM CDT)


The projected draft order looks like this:

  1. Houston Astros
  2. Chicago Cubs (7.0 GB)
  3. Colorado Rockies (10.0 GB)
  4. Minnesota Twins (14.0 GB)
  5. Cleveland Indians (14.0 GB)
  6. Miami Marlins (15.0 GB)
  7. Boston Red Sox (17.0 GB)
  8. Toronto Blue Jays (18.0 GB)
  9. Pittsburgh Pirates (Compensatory Pick for Mark Appel)
  10. Kansas City Royals (19.0 GB)
  11. Seattle Mariners (21.0 GB)
  12. New York Mets (21.0 GB)
  13. San Diego Padres (23.0 GB)

Obviously the Royals could still blow things and end up with a pick as bad as the thirteenth pick of the draft, though that was as unlikely as them ending up with the fifth pick of the draft if the Royals had lost out and the Indians and/or Twins had won out. The Royals could still conceivably catch the Marlins, Red Sox, and Blue Jays. Of course, they should be tied with the Blue Jays, but the Royals can't even lose right. If they don't catch and pass at least the Blue Jays, it's a two-pick swing for the worse. A pick as high as seventh is still realistically on the table.

Resistance is futile. Losing is imperative.

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