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Everything should be wonderful for the Kansas City Royals. Today, they currently sit atop the American League Central with a comfortable eleven game lead, and have a four game edge for home field advantage throughout the postseason. The Royals have a true ace, were buyers at the trade deadline and have managed to get the corpse of Omar Infante out of the lineup. Yes, times are good over at Kauffman Stadium.
Yet, there is an undercurrent of concern with the Royals. They have lost seven of their last ten games, and five of their last six contests. In a week, they have gone from 31 games over .500 to a “mere” 27 games over. The Twins have shaved two games from their lead, and while they may well be too far behind to overtake the Royals, could make the last couple of weeks a bit more uncomfortable than anyone would like. Meanwhile, the prospect of losing home field advantage to the Blue Jays is looming as the losses keep piling up.
Yet, even with these recent struggles, the Royals have had quite the successful season. They have set an all time attendance record, and the excitement around the ballclub is palpable. Last year’s foray into the World Series almost seems like an appetizer, with this season as the main dish.
Last week, we took a look at the surprises for the Kansas City Royals this season. Now, let us take a look at the disappointments for the Royals this season, as they have managed to put together the best record in the American League with little contribution from these players.
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