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Objects in Mirror Closer than they Appear

The Royals awake this morning in second place in the AL Central in August. First time in a decade they have been in the chase this late. Strangely, they are somehow still in control of their own destiny even though they are quite a few games back.

AL Standings

GB

Games Played

Boston*

+3.0

120

Detroit*

+2.5

117

Texas*

+1.5

119

Oakland (WC)

+0.5

117

Tampa Bay (WC)

-

116

Baltimore

2.0

118

Kansas City

4.0

116

Cleveland

4.5

119

New York

6.5

117

However, look at that third column. The Royals currently are tied for having played the least games of any AL contender. Everyone else has played 1-4 more games than KC and TB. That is a huge difference because the Royals can make up quite a bit of ground just by winning the outstanding games.

For example, the Royals have played 3 fewer games than Texas. They also have a 3 game set with the Rangers coming up in September. The Royals can make up 1.5 games on the Rangers just by winning the extra games on their schedule. They can make up 3 more games by beating the Rangers head to head. In all of the other games, the Royals only need to play 1 game better than Texas to finish tied with the Rangers.

Detroit has played an extra game.The Royals see them 11 more times this year. If the Royals go 7-4 against Detroit, they only need to win 3 more games than the Tigers in the other games to make up the full deficit.

Boston has played 4 extra games. That's 2 games the Royals can make up just by winning extra games. KC can make up half a game on Oakland. They can make up a full game on Baltimore.

Cleveland is actually in a 1.5 game hole because they are behind KC and have less opportunity to make that ground up because they have played three more games. Same case for the Yankees - they've played an extra game and they are still 2.5 behind KC and 6.5 out of the wild card.

I'm not saying this will happen. Heck, the fact that the Royals are even in this conversation has taken a huge stretch to begin with. But they are here now, and they have a chance. Maybe even a better chance than we thought.

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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