|NOT, despite rumors to the contrary, a picture of the right|
side of Rob Neyer's noggin...
But consider this: that ten-game winning streak (the first such in 2014; last season there were five of them) puts the Royals into a category of team that's hit our radar screens 82 times in the past twenty-five years. We can look at the season records of these teams, and discover how well a ten-game skein translates into year-long success.
|The Royals' oddly-named mascot|
(Sluggrr, for a team that perenially is
at the bottom of the HR totals) has
to watch from afar as the boys in pale
blue are powdering the ball at last...but
on the road (24, vs. 15 at home).
Forty of the 78 teams (leaving the current Royals, and all three of the teams with ten-game win streaks in 1994, when there was no World Series) have gone to the post-season. That's just over 51%.
So that means that these Royals, with their great bullpen and their sudden flurry of offense (thus far, they've scored the most runs in the majors in June), are currently even money to make it into the playoffs.
Now, that's no lock, but it's a lot better than what's been the case for a long, long time. The questions needing more definitive answers--whether the Royals can add enough power to their offense, or continue with the tightrope-walking results of their starting staff (just three HRs in over 100 IP thus far in June)--are going to have to work themselves out over the course of the year, but the Royals might benefit from the indisputable fact that baseball, just like nature, abhors a vacuum.
So...flutter away, ye hearts of the monkey-men, stalwarts of the angst-ridden powder blue diaspora. The crumbs have been scattered; the trail of tears is locked--and loaded.