Note to Kansas City Royals Fans: Keep Things in Perspective

DETROIT, MI - July 25: Manager Ned Yost
DETROIT, MI - July 25: Manager Ned Yost /

Fact: The Kansas City Royals have won eight straight games. Also a fact: Those eight wins have come against two teams that have essentially given up on 2017. So what does that tell us about this team?

After the Kansas City Royals‘ win over Detroit on Tuesday night, I made a simple statement of fact on Twitter.

The lone reply (Come on people, follow me on Twitter—@nsullysports—it will be fun.) came from my brother, Kollin.

His response?

“Way to kill my vibe.”

By the end of this post, if it isn’t already, your reaction will probably be the same.

Baseball is a great game for a plethora of reasons; it’s also a deceiving game for just as many.

Playing three- and four-game series (with, obviously, the occasional two-game set thrown in), plus the concept of 10-game homestands to begin the second half of the season, give rise to winning streaks that just don’t happen that often in other sports.

The Kansas City Royals have played 13 games since the All-Star break. None of those games have come against a team with a winning record.

The second half started against Texas, who after winning the first two games of the series were briefly back at .500, then four against Detroit, three against Chicago and three more against the Tigers.

Not exactly a good measuring stick.

Even with Monday’s trade to acquire three pitchers from San Diego, the Kansas City Royals are still not on the same level as the Houston’s, Los Angeles Dodgers’ and Washington’s of the world.

They might not even really be in that second tier with teams like Colorado, Arizona and Boston.

But there is an easy way to find out.

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After Wednesday’s remarkable finale in Detroit, Thursday is a much-needed day off following 13 games in 13 days. After that the Kansas City Royals play three games against the Red Sox before finishing their nine-game road trip in Baltimore.

A few weeks later comes what could be a make-or-break stretch of 15 games in 16 days for the Kansas City Royals. Those five three-game series are as follows:

  • Home against Cleveland
  • Home against Colorado
  • At Cleveland
  • Home against Tampa Bay
  • At Minnesota

Those teams are a combined 24 games over .500. Only Minnesota—at 49-51—currently has a losing record.

The Kansas City Royals’ eight consecutive wins have come against teams that are a combined 30 games below .500.

Look, I’m not saying this Royals team is bad.

They’ve actually been playing well in all areas lately. I mean the offense just put up 16 runs, TWICE… IN-A-WEEK.

The additions of Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter will only help the pitching situation.

Another move before Monday’s trade deadline is definitely possible and could very well guarantee this team is in the hunt through the end of the season.

I’m just saying pump the brakes on thinking this team is suddenly a favorite to win the World Series after wins against the Tigers (who traded J.D. Martinez to Arizona while Detroit was in Kansas City and look set to trade off several other players) and the White Sox (who have traded virtually every Major League asset that isn’t nailed down).

If this group—plus maybe an addition or two—makes the postseason, I know I wouldn’t want to face them. The Kansas City Royals have a playoff pedigree that basically every other contender can only dream about.

Next: Is this the SP for the Royals?

The playoffs are still a long ways off. So don’t plan on flooding Union Station in a sea of Royal blue just yet.Sorry to rain on your fictional parade.