With just 38 games left in the regular season, the Royals find themselves eight and one-half games behind Detroit and six and one-half out of the Wild Card. You officially are allowed to slap anyone who says 'there's still plenty of time'.
Losers of six of their last eight, my highly scientific analysis of the situation indicates that Kansas City likely needs to win 13 of their next 16 games (all but one against teams with losing records) to realistically maintain any shot at the post-season. It breaks down like this:
- Chicago, Washington, Tampa, Minnesota, Toronto, Seattle: 13-3
- Detroit (6 times), Cleveland (6 times): 7-5
- Texas, Seattle, Chicago: 7-3