The Royals have ended the season with a record of 95-67, best in the American League. They have finished with the league's best record for just the second time in franchise history, the other being in 1977. That year, the Royals won 102 games, but fell to the New York Yankeees in the American League Championship Series, the second of three consecutive series losses to the Bronx Bombers.
The top record in the league is no guarantee of success. Since 1998, the top record has been guaranteed home field advantage (home field advantage previously rotated by division). Here is how the top team in each league has fared in October since 1998.
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That's 34 teams with home field advantage and just ten pennants. More surprising is the top seed has had 15 first-round exits, including last year's Angels to the hands of the Royals.
Home field advantage may be more of an advantage this year, but as history suggests, it is no guarantee of success. The Royals still have a lot of work left to do.