by John Viril—
Today’s 15-4 drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Indians ended the last remote possibility that the Royals could make the playoffs. That the team was still in theoretical contention as late as September 23 for the Central Division title is, I suppose, progress of a sort. In reality, the Royals playoff hopes were dashed during April’s 12-game losing streak.
Even though the Royals have lost both any hope at the playoffs and finishing with a .500 record on the same day, the Royals still look poised to finish the season after making clear progress over last year. At 70-82, a .500 record over the last 10 games would put the Royals at 75-87—4 games better than last season and would match the best record of the Dayton Moore era.
In reality, this team is far better than the 2008 squad that managed the 75-win “feat” at the end of Dayton Moore’s second full year as GM. This team boasts the youngest roster in baseball, with a position player lineup that includes no player old...