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Game 152 Thread: Royals vs. Athletics

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11 more games to go!

Kansas City Royals center fielder Brett Phillips (14) before the Major League Baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 16, 2019 in Oakland, CA.
Kansas City Royals center fielder Brett Phillips (14) before the Major League Baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 16, 2019 in Oakland, CA.
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The Kansas City Royals have 11 more games to play in this cursed 2019 season, a season where the Royals haven’t been remotely relevant since the first week of the season, if that. They play the Oakland Athletics for the second in a three-game series. The Athletics, on the other hand, are quite relevant. As the standings, well, stand, the Athletics are at 90 wins and currently hold the top Wild Card spot in the American League.

However, there is a mere 2.5 game gap between the Athletics, the Tampa Bay Rays with the second Wild Card slot, and the Cleveland Indians. The Royals can play spoiler to the A’s by taking a few wins away and making it more interesting.

I am hopeful this happens, mostly because of the plight of the poor Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won 90 games last year and missed the playoffs. They are at 90 wins right now—an improvement!—and because of a heavily unequal American League, are in danger of losing out on the playoffs yet again.

Kansas City lineup:

Athletics lineup:

So come on, Roys, let’s beat the A’s and send Tampa Bay to the playoffs.