How wild could this get? First off, a little history about where the Royals currently sit. Here is the winning percentage of every 9th place American League team in the last 20 years:
As you can see, The Royals (and Yankees) of 2013 would have the highest winning percentage of any AL team to finish with 8 teams above them. The three division leaders - Boston, Detroit, and Oakland - are locks. But the next six teams are, as we all know, neck and neck. So here's a scenario that could make things as wacky as we've probably ever seen sports get.
Tampa Bay - Goes 6-5 over their last 11 games (1 vs TEX, 4 vs BAL, 3 @ NYY, 3 @ TOR)
Texas - Goes 7-4 over their last 11 games (1 @ TB, 3 @ KC, 3 vs HOU, 4 vs LAA)
Cleveland goes 7-3 over their last 10 games (4 vs HOU, 2 vs CHW, 4 @ MIN)
Baltimore goes 8-3 over their last 11 games (1 @ BOS, 4 @ TB, 3 vs TOR, 3 vs BOS)
New York goes 9-1 over their last 10 games (1 @ TOR, 3 vs SF, 3 vs TB, 3 @ HOU)
Kansas City goes 9-1 over their last 10 games (3 vs TEX, 3 @ SEA, 4 @ CHW)
Here would be the final standings after 162 games:
I know, I know, this has like a 0.001% chance of happening. But it's 10/11 games between 6 teams, and it doesn't have to be exactly like this, everyone could be a game better or worse and it still works. The point is, there is a scenario in which baseball would shit their pants because there's no way the rules account for 6 teams tying for the wild card(s). And to me, if the Royals are going to make things interesting, I would take a little bit of chaos thrown in as well.