As July turns to August and just two months remain in regular season play, last year’s American League representative in the 2014 World Series, the Kansas City Royals, enjoy a commanding lead (nine full games over the second place Minnesota Twins) as they head toward postseason play.
This team, with a won-loss record of 61-39 is already on cruise control and needs only to split its remaining sixty-two games to virtually guarantee a ticket to the playoffs.
Yes … it figures to be that easy. However, the remaining games still need to be played. And the squads trailing the Royals in the American League Central Division will get their opportunities to draw closer to the front-runners.
Consider the second place Minnesota Twins. The Kansas City Royals Schedule has them playing the current runner-ups in a series at home on September 7, September 8 and September 9 … three potentially critical games which could turn the Twins into serious contenders.
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The third place team, the Chicago White Sox, also figures in the Kansas City Royals Schedule. The two teams square off twice in Missouri in a pair of three game series. The first takes place on August 7 through August 9 and the second get-together is set for September 4th, September 5th and September 6th.
However, it is the final three game series on the Kansas City Royals Schedule that will be played in the Windy City which could easily decide division supremacy. That series occurs in the last week of the regular season on September 29-October 1.
Of course, the last place Cleveland Indians will get their chance to impact the final standings in this competitive division. According to the Kansas City Royals Schedule, the Indians will play host for three days, and three games, on September 14 through September 17.
Later the same month, the Ohio club will visit the Royals for three more games. The days on which the games will be played fall on September 25th, September 26th and September 27th.
These late season games may give the Indians a chance to play spoiler or, more to their liking, help them win a Wild Card and a trip to the playoffs.
And if Cleveland can’t stop the juggernaut that is the Kansas City Royals, perhaps some other team outside the division can do the trick. The prevailing opinion among baseball analysts is that there is nothing that can stop Kansas City. Last year’s team went to the World Series. This year’s squad may be better and will likely be favored to return to the Fall Classic.
Of course, an unexpected injury can play havoc with any team’s chances. But barring any physical mishaps, the Kansas City Royals Schedule – and their play on the field – makes it seem inevitable that this talented team from Missouri will be playing baseball long after other teams have begun their winter vacations.
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