Kansas City’s win puts them .5 games ahead of Toronto and New York for the A.L’s second wild card, with Seattle 1 game back.
Even Cleveland, Tampa Bay, and the Chicago White Sox are within striking distance, at 4, 5.5, and 6 games behind the Royals. Kansas City is still in the middle of a dogfight with 49 games remaining in the season.
Even so, this is the first time in a decade that the Kansas City Royals have been in a position for the post-season as late as August. While I have openly criticized Dayton Moore for his outdated vision and his lack of action at the deadline, his team has rallied since the trade deadline to take 2 of 3 games against the A’s in Oakland and to sweep the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
Not only did Wednesday’s win put the Kansas City Royals in position for the 2nd wild card, they pulled within 2.5 games of the Central division lead after Detroit lost 1-0 to the Yankees.
I must admit, Dayton Moore has succeeded in getting his team into the playoff race.
Right now, I suggest we Royals fans forget about criticizing Dayton Moore, Ned Yost, and owner David Glass for at least 24 hours, and enjoy the fact that our team is no longer a doormat. Right now, the Royals have a very real chance at the post-season no matter what mistakes have been made and how many opportunities they have missed.
The Kansas City Royals also have a favorable schedule down the stretch, facing teams with the lowest combined winning percentage of any A.L. contender. Right now, the Royals are set up to make a playoff run.
Frankly, I think it is all due to Sung Woo Lee (@Koreanfan_KC) finally coming to Kansas City.
Whatever the reason, Kansas City fans, enjoy it. Twenty-nine years has been a long time to wait.