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Kansas City Royals: Winning Ways Are Here To Stay

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Maybe the true Kansas City Royals fans already know this, but this team is for real.

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Real as in real good.

Gone are the days the Royals should be thought of as a cute little team from the Midwest that overachieved itself all the way to the World Series.

Are they good enough to deserve eight all-star starters? No. But who is?

However, they are good enough to have a 6.5 game lead over the four-time defending American League Central champs and the best record in the AL.

If not for the Cardinals playing like the 2001 Seattle Mariners, the Royals would be the talk of baseball right now.

When it’s all said and done, they might just be.

After playing dreadful May baseball in 2013 and 2014, the Royals seemed to avoid the same fate this year, going 13-7 through the first 23 days of the month. They then proceeded to lose nine of their next 11 games, and you would have thought they were 20 games out of first place.

If not for the Cardinals playing like the 2001 Seattle Mariners, the Royals would be the talk of baseball right now.

Instead, despite the 2-9 baseball, they trailed the Minnesota Twins by just one game.

Nineteen games and 14 wins later, Kansas City is firmly in first place with a 5.5 game lead over the second place Twins. They could certainly lose the division, but there is no reason to think they will.

This is a team, as of Monday, that has gone 219-177 the past 2.5 seasons. The Detroit Tigers during that stretch have gone 222-177. Despite being nearly seven games back, there are plenty of experts who think they are the AL’s favorite to head to the World Series.

The Royals have proven they can win over the long haul, and anyone who doubts they can is just hating at this point.

Manager Ned Yost has had his down moments as KC’s manager, but he has proven to be a winner over time. The minor-league farm system that has produced Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas, Greg Holland and Salvador Perez is paying dividends (and should for years to come).

The savvy businesses moves by General Manager Dayton Moore have produced Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis and Alcides Escobar. Everyone one of the players either has been, or will be, an all-star.

So, non-Royals’ fan, write off this team if you want, but do so at your own peril.

Because while little is guaranteed in this crazy game of baseball, one thing for sure is that these Royals are going to be in it until the end.

But true Kansas City fans already knew that.

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