5 Keys to Success for the Kansas City Royals in 2014
Kansas City Royals: 5 Important Factors in 2014
Allow me to kick a dead horse, just for the sake of getting it out of the way: the Kansas City Royals are on the brink of being really good, and for a starving, abused fan-base, it's a big deal.
With that said, I'll try to keep the drama to a minimum while we break down the reasons why 2014's version of the Royals will either be better or worse than they were last year.
A constant stream of roster movement news steadily altered the 2013 Royals into the team that goes down on paper today. The difference between those two squads is vast, but the mission remains the same -- the Royals want to make a playoff appearance, and they think they're poised to do it right now. With the help of some big free agent acquisitions and at least one thoughtful, team-first decision, KC has no reason to believe they aren't ready to win this season.
I decided the lion's share of this article should be devoted to pluses for the sake of being positive, but that is not to say that the good doesn't logically outweigh the bad this year. It does for once, and cheering for a team so close to being perennially relevant in the MLB is really exciting. Ahead, you'll find two reasons why KC is a worse team on paper right now than they ever were in 2013, followed by the three biggest reasons why they're now better.
5. Ervin Santana
For the Royals to get better this season, they need more production from the heart of the lineup. Both DH Billy Butler and third baseman Mike Moustakas slumped last season, and it will be a tough task for the Royals to win in spite of them this year.
But, enough with the negative. Continue to find the three reasons why KC will be able to accomplish their 2014 goals.