The Royals are my surprise team. They're probably your surprise team. Your aunt, your accountant, your yoga instructor, your favorite barista -- I'm told they picked the Royals as their surprise team, too.
Three weeks into the season, the Royals lead the American League Central.
They're not surprised.
"We're a good team," James Shields, the new Kansas City ace, told me Tuesday. "We've got a lot of talent -- a lot of young talent -- and guys that can play. Right now, we're not playing on all cylinders and we're still 10-7, which is a good sign."
Good for the Royals, bad for the rest of the division. The Royals share some similarities with last year's Orioles and Nationals: Youth (no everyday players older than 30), above-average defense, bullpen depth, chemistry developed through playing (and, yes, losing) together over a period of years.
And then there's the starting rotation.
At this time last year, the Royals' start...