In Royals news, the PECOTA projections are out and they’re… not shocking?
With football season in the rearview mirror, baseball season is on the horizon! That means PECOTA has released their projections for the 2021 season and has the Kansas City Royals winning 71 games this year. This sounds about right.
No one was expecting the Royals to be projected to have a winning season because let’s be honest here — This team isn’t ready to win big games yet. What 2021 can serve as, however, is a bridge to what’s hopefully more competitive seasons and maybe some postseason appearances.
Here’s how PECOTA predicts the AL Central will look this season:
- Minnesota (90 wins)
- Cleveland (86 wins)
- Chicago (83 wins)
- Kansas City (71 wins)
- Detroit (67 wins)
The AL Central is going to be a lot more competitive this year than it has been in recent years and the projections indicate that. The Twins are the favorites in the division with Cleveland and the White Sox not far behind. There’s a pretty big dropoff from third place to fourth place and at least the Royals aren’t projected to finish in last I guess.
Check out what’s trending in Royals news from around FanSided.
- Why didn’t the Royals take a chance on Felix Hernandez? [KC Kingdom]
- Forget a runner on second, give us back free baseball [David Scharff, Kings of Kauffman]
- Jackson Kowar named best non-Top 100 prospect [KC Kingdom]
Here’s what’s trending in Royals news from around the rest of the web.
- PECOTA standings project Royals to win 71 games [Max Rieper, Royals Review]
- Why MLB May Have Ensured Your Team Will Score Less [Zach Rymer, Bleacher Report]
Obviously, it’d be more fun writing about the PECOTA projections if the Royals were predicted to have a winning season and make a push for the division, but that wasn’t realistic this year. Sure, the team is getting better, but they’re not quite ready to go for the AL Central title and make a run at the postseason just yet.
This year will hopefully look something like the 2012 season where the Royals weren’t ready to win yet, but you started to see the pieces fall into place. They’ll have a lot of their young pitching prospects making their debuts this year and that’s going to make this a fun season to watch.
Here’s to hoping PECOTA is wrong on their latest projections and the Kansas City Royals go on to win more than 71 games.