Royals need luck and skill
Examples in recent years abound, but perhaps the best is right before us. Three years ago, the Detroit Tigers lost 119 games. Two of their starting pitchers combined for 40 losses, and their highest-paid player (a) couldn't hit and (b) was owed nearly $20 million over the next two seasons. Sure, it was a pretty young team. But it's hard to see much promise in a squad of youngsters who just lost 119 games.
Today, the Detroit Tigers have the best record in the major leagues. In the eyeblink that's two years and two months, the Tigers have somehow transmogrified from very worst to very best. And if the Tigers could do it, then why not the Royals?