The Royals Scenario: A playoff push or normal strategy?
As the MLB nears the All-Star weekend, teams are gearing up for the crucial summer months of the long season. At this point, all franchises have a pretty good idea of what their team is capable of doing for the rest of the season. With July 31st being the non-waiver trade deadline, organizations are evaluating their current strategy; as well as their weaknesses that need to be addressed.
The Royals sit in second place in the AL Central and are certainly still capable of winning the division, or at least making the wild card. Their schedule is very favorable the second half of the season. In July, they only play one series with the Tigers. They could make up ground in the division with wins against them as they host Detroit in a four game series right before the break. The other teams they play in July are the Twins (two times), Indians (two times), Rays, Indians, White Sox, and Red Sox; none of which have a winning record as of July 7th.
Depending on how Kansas City does over the course of the next few weeks, we most certainly could see a trade to bolster their offensive firepower. This will depend on whether or not the Royals want to make a playoff push, or sit back and play it safe as far as payroll and gusty moves go. The Kansas City fan base is waiting for something exciting to happen in professional sports, and the Royals could do that this year. After a promising year last year in which they finished 86-76, the Royals could attempt to make their first playoff appearance since 1985. It will be interesting how the next month plays out, and whether or not the Royals decide it’s time to end their league leading postseason drought of 28 seasons.