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Kansas City Royals

Stadium: Kauffman Stadium | Manager: Ned Yost
AL Central Division2nd5th4th1st
American League 2nd9th13th4th
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Good for their fans to get a home playoff game for the first time since 1985.
Alex Gordon is the team leader with 19 home runs. The last playoff team without a 20-homer player? The 2005 Padres (who were only 82-80 and got swept in the NLDS round), when Ryan Klesko was the team leader with 18. Thanks to awesome Twitter follower Jesse D. for finding this for me. Per CBSSports.com fantasy writer R.J. White, the last AL team -- throwing out the '81 strike year -- to do it? The Royals. In 1976. Amos Otis led that squad with 18.
Rhetorical question that could come true: What if the Royals win the second wild card spot in the AL and lose a one-game playoff on the road. Will it truly feel like the playoff drought is broken?
They still control their own destiny, with three games against the Tigers in Kansas City next weekend.
Nothing kills the positive vibe surrounding the team quite like the manager griping out how and when fans decide to spend their money on tickets. C'mon, Ned Yost, don't complain about attendance.
Their remaining schedule is pretty weak, but they do have six against the Tigers. Time to take care of business against the weaker teams and not get blown away by Detroit. Just about one month left with that playoff drought hanging in the balance. Plays like the Alex Gordon walk-off make you think their destiny is to end said drought.
I wasn't kidding in the introduction. I think one could make a legitimate case to rank them No. 1 right now.
They now have separate 10-game and eight-game winning streaks this season.
They've been better on the road than at home, and their next 11 road games come against the Diamondbacks, Twins, Rockies and Rangers.
Backs against the wall, man. Given what we're seeing out of Jake Odorizzi, what we know Wil Myers can do and James Shields' impending free agency, missing the playoffs means that trade could already be considered a disaster.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGNorichika Aoki , RF.285
HRAlex Gordon , LF19
RBIAlex Gordon , LF74
OBPAlex Gordon , LF.351
SLGAlex Gordon , LF.432
RAlex Gordon , LF87
SBJarrod Dyson , CF36
WJames Shields , SP14
ERAYordano Ventura , SP3.20
WHIPJames Shields , SP1.18
KJames Shields , SP180
SVGreg Holland , RP46
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