Here we are, on August 12th. There are 45 games left in the regular season. And as it stands, the Royals – yes, the Kansas City Royals – are presently a half game in first place in the American League Central.
For a generation of Royals fans, this is virtually uncharted territory. The last time that the Royals led in August was back in 2003, when the Royals had their only winning season between 1994 and 2013. Even that team was not a real threat for the postseason, as the 2003 Royals were winning through a combination of career seasons by journeyman players and smoke and mirrors.
This year, there is a much different feel for the Royals in their pennant chase. It feels as though the Royals belong in the postseason. David Glass stated his expectations of a postseason berth. Dayton Moore has made several under the radar moves that have helped tweak the roster. With the Detroit Tigers essentially imploding, everything seems to be coming up Royals.
At the beginning of the year, even though it seemed possible that the Royals could contend for the American League Central, their best chance at a postseason berth would be as a Wild Card. Now, the Wild Card may be a fallback plan, as the Central is very much within reach.
It may be time to start planning for a Blue October. Here are five reasons why the Royals will win the American League Central.