Now the Kansas City Royals sit seven games out of the running for the last wild card spot. Even if they put together one more hot streak, it wouldn’t be enough.
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If they go 12-3 in the last 15 games, everyone else in the running would have to win no more than five games. That isn’t going to happen.
It is amazing just how streaky this team has been this season. Over the course of 2016, there have been eight distinct streaks, covering extended periods of time.
There are no long stretches where they played .500 ball. They were either blazing hot or frigidly cold.
The streak that was the most costly, though, was the longest. That streak that stretched through July was devasting. It is hard to come back when you win just 13 games out of 39.
Yes, this last month has been unkind and frustrating but in reality, the Royals’ fighting spirit that helped them come roaring back in August is what gave everyone a bit of false hope.
They did a great job resurrecting their season in August, and they did not fold up when they could have. It is a testament to their toughness that they did give themselves a chance going into September.
They overcame a long list of injuries to key players, so health certainly played a big part. Seldon did the starting players all play together. It is really amazing the Royals stayed in it as long as they did!
The inconsistency of the KC Royals eventually came back to haunt them. Stretches of great performances couldn’t overcome long stretches of poor play.
The core will still be around in 2017 so if Dayton Moore can fill the holes in the roster, and the team can stay relatively healthy, the Royals should be a contender again next season.