Tough To Be Great Every Year
Watching the KC Royals on a nightly basis, and seeing the numbers above, it’s difficult to believe the Kansas City Royals have the 13th-best staff in baseball, or one of the best staffs in the AL. That’s because we’ve watched one of the worst staffs in all of baseball since July 1. Only Arizona, Texas, and those Cubbies have an ERA higher than Kansas City’s.
Let’s be honest here: expecting three-straight trips to the World Series is a lot to ask of any team, especially one that had not made the playoffs since 1985. Over the past three seasons, we’ve witnessed a near-miss, a Game 7 loss in the Series, and a World Series championship. It’s a great run for any team.
Still, no one is ready to throw in the towel quite yet. Even with all the injuries, even with all the pitching troubles, the Kansas City Royals are still keeping its head above water, if only barely. In recent years, the KC Royals have proven to be one of the best second-half teams. Late success this season will mean bringing in an extra arm, and even that may not be enough to undo the damage already done.
The San Francisco Giants have it figured out: they have won in 2010, 2012, and 2014. At 57-37 through Tuesday night, they are the best team in baseball in yet another even year. KC Royals fans should not be ready to quit on the 2016 squad just yet, but there’s a lesson to be learned from those Giants. It’s okay to regroup and be great every two years.