Aug 25, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) takes pitcher James Shields (33) out of the game against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees beat the Royals 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Playoff Race: Yankees Mash James Shields in KC Loss

The Kansas City Royals lost ground for the 2nd straight night when the Yankees hung 6 runs on Kansas City ace James Shields in a 8-1 victory Monday night.

The Yankees played only 1 game in KC due to a makeup game for a rainout earlier this season It was Derek Jeter‘s last regular season game in Kauffman Stadium.

The game was a tight 2-1 pitcher’s duel at the end of 6 innings, until the Yankees broke through in the top of the 7th for 4 runs—which put the game out of reach. The Royals lost 2games in a row for the first time in nearly a month (July 27 and 29 to the Indians and Twins).

Let’s hope the Royals can get back to winning with the Twins coming to town for a 3-game set.

A.L. CENTRAL

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk Home Road 1Run vRHP vLHP ≥.500 <.500 last10 last30
1 KCR 72 58 .554 L 2 33-29 39-29 17-21 52-40 20-18 38-36 34-22 6-4 22-8
2 DET 70 59 .543 1.5 W 2 33-29 37-30 19-18 45-40 25-19 36-33 34-26 5-5 13-17
3 CLE 66 63 .512 5.5 W 2 39-25 27-38 19-17 49-43 17-20 31-38 35-25 6-4 16-14
4 CHW 59 71 .454 13.0 L 6 31-32 28-39 21-20 42-53 17-18 36-44 23-27 2-8 11-19
5 MIN 58 72 .446 14.0 L 2 29-37 29-35 17-19 39-48 19-24 36-48 22-24 4-6 12-18

Both Detroit and Cleveland had an off-day Monday, gaining a 1/2 game with Kansas City’s loss. That puts the Tigers 1.5 games behind the Royals, with Cleveland 5.5 games back.

I don’t want to be a broken record, but remember that the Indians won their final 10 games in 2013 to secure a wild card spot. You can’t count them out, especially with them creeping up on KC the last couple of days.

However, with Chicago going 2-8 in its last 10, it does look like a 3 team race for the A.L. Central.

A.L. WILD CARD

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk Home Road 1Run vRHP vLHP ≥.500 <.500 last10 last30
1 OAK 77 53 .592 W 1 43-23 34-30 18-17 55-38 22-15 43-34 34-19 4-6 15-15
2 LAA 77 53 .592 L 1 41-24 36-29 23-19 55-36 22-17 33-40 44-13 6-4 17-13
4 KCR 72 58 .554 L 2 33-29 39-29 17-21 52-40 20-18 38-36 34-22 6-4 22-8
5  SEA 71 59 .546 L 1 34-33 37-26 14-23 44-42 27-17 39-28 32-31 6-4 18-12
6  DET 70 59 .543 0.5 W 2 33-29 37-30 19-18 45-40 25-19 36-33 34-26 5-5 13-17
7  NYY 68 61 .527 2.5 W 5 33-31 35-30 21-16 49-43 19-18 32-33 36-28 7-3 17-13
8  CLE 66 63 .512 4.5 W 2 39-25 27-38 19-17 49-43 17-20 31-38 35-25 6-4 16-14
9  TOR 66 65 .504 5.5 L 2 34-29 32-36 12-14 49-48 17-17 33-38 33-27 3-7 14-16
10  TBR 64 67 .488 7.5 L 1 29-36 35-31 19-17 48-49 16-18 38-51 26-16 4-6 16-14

In an effort to make this table clearer, I will start removing the division leaders, yet leave the Royals. Here, Oakland and Los Angeles are tied atop the A.L. West, which means they are also tied for the top wild card (5 games ahead of KC).

The Royals are in 1st place in the Central, with Seattle holding the 2nd wild card.

The Mariners got shut out by Texas 2-0 on Monday at Safeco Field behind 8 shutout innings from Rangers starter Miles Mikolas (2-5, 6.44 ERA). I guess every dog has his day.

Oakland defeated Houston 8-2 while Los Angeles lost to Miami 7-1 to tie Oakland and LA in first in the A.L. West. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays lost to Boston 4-3 to remain 6.5 back of KC. The Yankees win over the Royals puts them 3.5 games behind Kansas City for the 2nd wild card.

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