2015 Record: 95-67
Runs Per Game: 4.55 (5th)
Team ERA: 3.73 (10th)
Run Differential: +83 (5th)
What Went Right:
They won the World Series, so everything.
What Went Wrong:
Omar Infante was just awful. Luckily the Royals were able to make a move for Ben Zobrist and make sure Infante wasn’t playing during their playoff run.
Jeremy Guthrie made 24 starts for this team. He had a 5.95 ERA. Somehow they were able to withstand his terribleness.
Player to Watch?:
Yordano Ventura had an interesting season. He started the season of horribly. He started a bunch of fights. He got sent to AAA. But he came back to the major league team and had a great finish to the season. Then he went 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in 5 postseason starts. But he’s a champion now so that doesn’t matter.
There’s Always Next Year:
You should expect a decline in Kansas City. But we expected a decline last year and now they’re the defending champs so I don’t know.
How Did We Do:
The Royals finished way better than we expected. I don’t know how they did it but they did.