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Game 149 Thread: Mariners vs. Royals Season Finale

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The last one of the year

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Carlos Hernandez (43) blows a large bubble while watching from the dugout against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Carlos Hernandez (43) blows a large bubble while watching from the dugout against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium.
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With 14 games left to play, the Royals stand at 67-81. They have already guaranteed that they will not have a winning season for the sixth consecutive year. Whee! If they win their next 14 games, though, they’ll avoid a losing season. Considering that the Royals have two more series against Cleveland, who have had the Royals’ number all year, that is an impossible ask. Here are a couple of potential records and what the Royals would need to do to get there:

  • 7-7: 74-88
  • 10-4: 77-85
  • 4-10: 71-91
  • 12-2: 79-83
  • 2-12: 69-93

We’ll see where they end up, but it certainly seems like the Royals are going to get somewhere in the realm of 73-76 wins—or pretty much what most people thought would happen at the beginning of the year.

To try to get an upper-70s winning team, they’ll be looking to get another win against the Seattle Mariners today, against whom they have already secured the season series. The Battle for Grass Creek continues.

Mariners lineup

Royals lineup