If you’ve already given up on the KC Royals this season, the 2014 Oakland A’s want to talk with you. Oh, and the 2015 New York Mets bullpen might have a few choice words as well.
As the final out was recorded Monday and the Kansas City Royals remained four games back of the second American League Wild Card spot with an 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger had his feet up in a recliner sipping some Brandy saying, “See, I told you so.”
Actually he was most likely in the press box at Target Field deciding which angle he would take for the night’s story and which players he wanted to interview. Mellinger (in)famously wrote a column Aug. 22 in which he used numbers, facts and decades of baseball history to write what was — if Royals fans are being honest — completely sane.
Despite sporting an eight-game winning streak and victories in 11 of their past 12 games, Mellinger wrote,
"“[The Royals] have virtually no chance at making the playoffs. Still.”"
He went into detail about how hard it was to keep up this level of play as well as the fact they have multiple teams to catch, all while his Twitter account was pounded like a Jeff Suppan fastball.
Even so, he was right.
Next: How so?