Found April 23, 2013 on On The Way Home:
Kansas City Royals fans have been suffering for a long, long time. Since winning the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Royals have failed to make it back to the postseason. The 27 years the Royals have been absent from the playoffs is the longest current drought in all of baseball. How does one team not make the playoffs in 27 years you ask? In this given case, they give up more runs than they score. For 18 straight years, and 22 of the last 27, the Royals have given up more runs than they have scored. This article isn’t going to be a lesson on the Pythagorean Win-Loss theory, but it’s pretty easy to understand that giving up more than you score is not a good thing.  Thus far, this year’s edition of the Royals has bucked the trend. Through April 21st, the Royals have scored 68 runs and given up 57 runs. Not by coincidence, the Royals find themselves atop the AL Central half way through April. The question Royals fans want to know is: can they keep it up? Before ...
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