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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Royals had a disappointing week only winning two of their seven games and losing both of the series. They started the week at home against the Chicago White Sox. The Royals lost two games in the three game series. Their weekend series was on the road against the division leading Cleveland Indians. The Royals only managed to win one game in the four game series. The losses this week hurt their chance at a playoff spot.

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The Cleveland Indians clinched the American League Central division title on Saturday. It is their second division title in a row. The Indians have the best record in the American League at 93-57. The division race was tight for most of the season but the Indians pulled away in the last month.

 

The American League Wild Card race is starting to separate with only two weeks left in the regular season. The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins hold the top two wild card spots. The Royals are in fifth place behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Seattle Mariners for the second playoff spot. The Royals are only 5 games out of a playoff spot but with two weeks left it may be too much ground to make up.

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On Friday the Royals ended the Cleveland Indians 22-game win streak. The streak was the longest since 1916 when the New York Giants won 26 in a row. The Royals almost ended the Indians streak on Thursday but gave up the lead in the ninth inning and lost in the tenth inning. The Indians win streak is a big reason why they pulled away in the division race.

 

The Royals 2018 schedule was released on Tuesday. They will open the season at home against the Chicago White Sox on March 31st. The Royals will face the National League Central in interleague play next season. They will have road games against the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. They will not have a road game against the Chicago Cubs but will face them at home in August.

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Next week the Royals will play both of their series on the road. They will start the week in Toronto against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are in last place in the American League East. The weekend series will be against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are in last place in the American League Central, 13 games behind the Royals. The Royals will need a good week to stay in the American League Wild Card race.

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