Kansas City Royals: The Math Isn’t There

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Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) is congratulated by designated hitter Billy Butler (16) Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals went into the All-Star break at 48-46. Injuries were starting to mount, and it was a good time for them to take a breather, and re-group.

They responded by losing four straight at the hands of the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. In other words, the fat lady is singing, and she’s wearing Sox.

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Am I saying the season is over? Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying. Admittedly, I’m terrible at math, but I’m going to show you why the math just isn’t there for the Royals this year, and why some tough decisions need to be made with the MLB trade deadline quickly approaching.

As of this writing, the Royals have a 49-50 record. For the sake of simple arithmetic, and other reasons I’ll reveal later, we’re going to say the Royals MUST reach 90 wins for a shot at a Wild Card.

They have 63 games left to achieve this. In short, they’d have to go 41-22 the rest of the way, just to get to 90 wins, and even that might not be enough.