Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals
This has become a punch line, but the right parts are being assembled (really!)
Insider's series on MLB teams that have fallen out of the playoff race continues with the Kansas City Royals, a team that has been absent from October baseball for the past three presidential administrations.
Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 75-87, fourth place
Current record: 60-88, fifth place
The powder-blue unis didn't quite do the trick.To read Buster Olney's take on what went wrong for the Royals and what's next, plus items from the rumor mill, number-crunching analysis from Baseball Prospectus, a draft recap and whom to watch in spring training, you must be an ESPN Insider.
Kiss 'Em Goodbye on ESPN Insider
Insider and Baseball Prospectus now ask: What went wrong for each MLB team, and what may the future hold? We'll be covering the playoff teams as they're eliminated, and finish off with what the World Series champs need to do to improve (hey, there's always something).