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Game 158: Royals v. Tigers

The run is coming to an end

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For the first time this season, the Royals will be playing a baseball game in which they are mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

Not everybody is convinced, however, including Hunter Samuels of BP Kansas City.

A bit of humor never hurt anybody. Despite the Royals being eliminated, they still have five games left on the schedule, all of which are at home, giving fans one last chance to embrace the team that put baseball in Kansas City back on the map. This season's final series against the Diamondbacks should serve as a farewell tour, of sorts, with Ned Yost being the band manager.

Tonight's game, as well as tomorrow's, will serve as preparation for the home stretch, with the core getting staggered days off.

What happens next is a bit more murky. Royals twitter has been mostly nostalgic, but was given a bit of hope this morning when a rumor surfaced.

However, it is much too early to really know how the market will look like and we know that the prevailing thought was that Cain would find a bigger deal elsewhere. Outside of that rumor, we have mostly been looking back at the Royals run with this core. Cain reflected on his time in Kansas City earlier today with Royals beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan.

Jason Vargas also gave some reflection on the 2017 season (and perhaps on this Royals run as a whole).

Here are the lineups for tonight's contest against the Tigers. Let's enjoy these last few games.