The Kansas City Royals' magic number--the combined number of wins or runner-up losses to clinch the American League Central title--is two. For those math majors out there, you have probably figured out that the Royals can clinch the title tonight with some help from the Cleveland Indians, who play the Minnesota Twins during the same time frame as tonight's game.
Of course, Kansas City must handle their own affairs in order to clinch their first division title in 30 years, and that means defeating the Seattle Mariners tonight. Wins have been elusive and slippery as of late. For the month of September, the Royals are 8-13, having already accumulating more losses than in any other month. The last time Kansas City won two in a row, the dates were September 2-3, three weeks ago.
The Enigma of Johnny Cueto takes the mound tonight for the Royals. He is backed up by the lineup which will most likely be the same one that starts Game One of the American League Divisional Series. Seattle sends tall lefty James Paxton to the mound.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight's lineups as the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mariners?src=hash">#Mariners</a> look to win the series against the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Royals?src=hash">#Royals</a> with <a href="https://twitter.com/James_Paxton">@James_Paxton</a> on the mound. <a href="http://t.co/HULRqcfZKF">pic.twitter.com/HULRqcfZKF</a></p>— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarinersPR/status/647133532138049536">September 24, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Cueto bounced back to produce a decent outing his last time up. Hopefully, he can recapture what made Johnny Cueto Johnny Cueto tonight.