Let’s talk about the Kansas City Royals and their chance for continued success in 2015. We know KC now comes off their most historic season since their World Series win in 1985, so how will they react now that they’re expected to succeed? The roster also changed for better and worse in the offseason, so how will it all add up when it comes to predicting KC’s hopes for perennial relevance? According to experts like PECOTA Projections and FanGraphs, things will not bode well for Royals fans in 2015.
After winning 89 games in 2014 and reaching Game Seven of the World Series, FanGraphs calculates that the Royals will be a sub-.500 team this season. FanGraphs predicts that KC will score slightly more runs but allow significantly more in 2015, leading them to a projected record of 80-82. That, clearly, wouldn’t be enough to satisfy fans in Kansas City or come close to fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Sadly, this is kind compared to what PECOTA think of the 2015 Royals.
PECOTA currently predicts that the Kansas City Royals will rip open the wounds they just healed with 2014’s magic and throw salt into said wounds while laughing. PECOTA has the Royals losing 90 games this season. A brief time in the Kansas City will inform anyone about the cynicism of the sports fans that live here, but a 2015 season without more than 72 wins will have fans denouncing baseball in this city for life.