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Royals Rumblings - News for August 22, 2017

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Is the division out of reach?

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Royals Rumblings - News for August 22, 2017

Ned Yost is still optimistic the Royals can make a run.

“We’re a good week away from being in first place is the way I look at it,” Yost said, before being reminded of his team’s place, still 7 1/2 games out on Sunday morning.

“We’re a good week away from being a half-game out of the division,” he corrected. “So my mindset is always on the division.”

There is time to make up ground, but the math does not play in their favor. To win the division, the Royals would need to play seven games better than the Indians over the course of 39 games. It would likely require a historic finish from the Royals or an epic collapse from Cleveland. Yet the wild-card race represents what Yost terms as a decent “fall-back plan.”

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City doesn’t see the Royals having much of a shot at the division.

The Indians are now on pace for 90 wins, which I’ve kind of believed for awhile would take the AL Central. I still do because either the Indians get to that and win the division by eight or nine games or the Royals get there and have to beat the Indians enough in the final seven games between the two teams that Cleveland falls off that pace. So let’s say 90 is enough for the division. In the final 39 games, the Royals would have to go 28-11. Their best 39-game stretch this season is 26-13. They’ve accomplished that three times, but they were all part of the same general winning stretch. So yeah, that’ll be tough, though if they go something crazy like 6-1 against the Indians the rest of the way, 88 wins might take the division.

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