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Game 70 Thread: Red Sox vs. Royals Finale

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Kansas City Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield (15) is tagged out at home by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield (15) is tagged out at home by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium.
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Look on the bright side, Royals fans: we won’t be thinking “gee, that 11-game losing streak really sunk our playoff hopes because they played pretty well outside of that,” because the Royals have decidedly not played better outside of that streak. Baseball-Reference puts the Royals’ playoff odds at 0.3% now, which, if anything, seems high. It’s hard to imagine a realistic scenario in which the Royals not only play well enough to make the playoffs, but play better than the teams ahead of them to leapfrog them in the standings.

I’m not gonna lie; I am extremely frustrated at the Royals right now. Chances you guys will receive a ridiculous and nonstandard recap if the Royals lose again are very high, but that’s why you come here. Anyway, the lineups.

Red Sox lineup

Royals lineup