The Royals still have some things to play for.
Can the Royals still win the Central Division? Good sense would tell you it’s not worth checking the standings.
Could they somehow win a wildcard spot? Even less of a chance.
How about finishing .500? It would take a historic tear for that to happen.
So is there any number of wins worth rooting for? Any standard for the team to try to reach?
Well, while most critics bemoan the typical strong finish to an abysmal season, there are a couple of numbers worth watching.
(Now before you start accusing me of being part of the problem, accepting bad baseball, let me state that I hate losing, and I hate not being in a real pennant race. But there’s nothing I can do about it, and it’s fun to play with numbers, even when they’re losing numbers)
Here’s what the Royals still have to shoot for:
70-92: Since 1996, the Royals have only finished on the plus-side of 70 wins five times. Let’s hear it for small victories.
72-90: One win better than 2011. ...