Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/14/14
by John Viril— Through seventeen spring training games, the Kansas City Royals have complied an outrageous .852 winning percentage (14-2-1). To put that in perspective, this is a mere .023 off the pace of the best all-time regular season start of the 1984 Detroit Tigers (35-5, .875). Conventional wisdom suggests “it’s only spring training” and it’s about as meaningful as the World Baseball Classic. However, after 28 years of failure, it’s hard not to grasp at ANY suggestion that our long playoff drought might be over. Clark Foster at Royals Review took a whack at this topic by looking at teams with .700 and above spring training records over the last ten years. He found that 5 of the 6 went on to post a winning season, but concluded that the sample size was too small to be significant. Search the internet, and you will find many sabermetric writers and blogger wanna-be’s have addressed this question. Their conclusions vary from “yes, it’s significant” to “no, i...
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