The Colorado Rockies bested the Kansas City Royals with a game-winning grand slam on Wednesday to split their two-game series in Denver, but now KC finally reaches a well-earned and much-needed off-day. This ends a stretch in which KC played 16 road games in 16 days and won 13 of them. This stretch helped cement the club’s chances for exciting baseball in September, but the drama in August is still far from over.
Depending on how the Detroit Tigers do against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 21,the Royals will enter their next game with either a 1.5 or a .5-game lead in the AL Central. This off-day comes at a great time, and it will hopefully allow KC to keep the good times rolling against the Texas Rangers on Friday. KC will play three games in Texas and won’t reach another off-day until Sept. 4. Sandwiched between their series in Texas and three home games against the Minnesota Twins is a makeup game with the slowly fading New York Yankees.
The Royals then finish the month with three at the K against the Cleveland Indians, who are currently 64-61 and 5.5 behind KC in the division. If Cleveland can keep things close by beating up on two subpar teams in the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox, that series at Kauffman at the end of August could be something truly memorable.
Also, in case you were wondering, Detroit has a frighteningly easy end to their August schedule that includes three games with the Twins and four against Chicago. Any game from here until the end of the MLB season is essentially a playoff game for the Royals, and fans in KC should be absolutely ecstatic about that.