The Kansas City Royals were the second-worst team in baseball until a few weeks ago, when it became apparent that the Detroit Tigers were making an aggressive move to the bottom of the overall standings. The Tigers are a hilariously putrid 6-31 over their last 37 games, and have shifted the also terrible Baltimore Orioles out of last, placing the Royals in third to last.
But the Royals are facing intense pressure for the third overall spot in the 2020 MLB draft. The Toronto Blue Jays, the Royals’ opponents tonight, are one of them. The standings currently look like this:
- Miami Marlins, 394%, 26 GB
- Toronto Blue Jays, .380%, 28 GB
- Kansas City Royals - .370%, 29 GB
- Baltimore Orioles - .330%, 33 GB
- Detroit Tigers - .304%, 35 GB
Should the Blue Jays win tonight, they’ll assure that the Royals will stay third-worst for the remainder of the series. If the Royals win, they’ll be tied (at least in games behind first place).
Here are the lineups that they’ll send out.
Middle game of our series against Toronto tonight.#AlwaysRoyal pic.twitter.com/aHulLtGaZB— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 30, 2019
I’ll leave it up to you to figure out whether you want the Royals to win tonight.