The Second Wild Card
Speaking of the Wild Card, the addition of the second wild card spot has made the buy or sell decision even harder. More playoff spots means more teams have a chance to play in October. Which, in-turn, means that there will be a few more buyers in July than in previous years. No one wants to miss an opportunity to do what the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals did in 2014, where two wild card teams got hot and met in the fall classic.
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However, selling out the farm system for a shot at the coin-flip game against the other wild card, can seem not worth the price. Though such a move makes more sense when you have a proven playoff winner like the KC Royals.
The American League this year has only 4 teams who are truly out of the playoff race as they begin the July portion of the 2016 schedule. That means there are 11 teams with at least an outside chance at making the playoffs. The competitiveness of the AL is in stark contrast with the NL where there are only 6 or so teams with a realistic chance to secure one of the 5 playoff spots.
So where do the KC Royals fit into all of this?
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