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Power Rankings: Can Royals and Indians contend into September?

by | Baseball Blogger

The 2013 season is just about 20 percent complete, give or take, depending upon the team. So we've seen enough action to start making some decisions on how teams might look this season, but with around 4/5 of the season yet to be played, attempting to draw conclusions would be folly.

Instead, let's focus on what could be for a second, just for fun, in the AL Central. What if the Indians and Royals hang around with the Tigers into September?

What a story that would be.

The Royals haven't been in contention since 2003 -- if you can call finishing seven out "in contention." And the Indians finished 22 games out that season.

The Indians made the playoffs in 2007 and had that excellent run in the 1995-2001 range. But the Royals weren't hanging around in contention any of those years.

In fact, the last time both teams were actually in the race late in the season was 1994, when the Indians were one game back of the White Sox and the Royals were four back -- but that season ended prematurely due to a strike. So, really, there's never been an AL Central race with both the Royals and Indians relevant into September.

So, again, what a story it would be if the two clubs could continue to hang with the mighty Tigers.

Thus far, it looks like the two teams can, but there is far too much season left to start saying they will. Take last season's Indians as an example. They were only three games out on July 24 and ended the season 20 back.

Still, a guy can dream. That would be a fun race.

Please feel free to contact me with comments either on Twitter (@MattSnyder27) or via email: matt.snyder@cbs.com. These were posted the morning of Wednesday, May 8. Any action coming after posting wasn't included here.


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