The Royals Crowned Champions… Again?

Why or why not the Royals will capture the World Series again

Bob Killgore, Staff Reporter

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As the managers and players meet up before the season begins, their first priority is to set the goals of the season. For the Royals, their goal is simple: win another World Series. To accomplish this goal, Kansas City must set the tone as defending World Series Champions as the season begins to unfold.

Reasons Why the Royals Will Win the World Series

1. The Royals have the best players in the American League
With athletes like Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon, and Kendrys Morales, this team is stacked. Lorenzo Cain is one of the best defensive outfielders in the game and provides power and speed on the bases. The best catcher in the American League is Salvador Perez, and he is a calming presence to the Royals starting pitchers. All Star first baseman Eric Hosmer excelled last year and is the heart of the team. Kansas City’s shortstop, Alcides Escobar, is the best at his position in the American League and saved so many runs for Kansas City last year. Franchise player Alex Gordon has been a pinnacle for the Royal’s organization for over a decade, and finally won his first World Series last season. Experts didn’t except Morales to perform well last year because of his broken leg injury with the Angels. It kept him out for two years but Morales only won The American League comeback player of the Year and Silver Slugger Award. Without a doubt, these players have the capability to lead the Royals to back to back World Series Titles.

2. The Bullpen is overpowering
One essential piece to winning the World Series is having a great bullpen. Without one, you can’t hang on to leads and you can’t close out victories. It’s basically impossible to win games without good relief pitchers. The Royals had the best bullpen in the MLB last year and very rarely did teams have success against them. Closer Wade Davis is automatic and had an ERA under 1.00 last year. With dominant relief pitchers and a shutdown closer, it will be nearly impossible for teams to come from behind to win games.

3. Their postseason experience
Although the Royals are still young, they already have two World Series Titles under their belt. Postseason experience is critical for a team because the players have all been there and won’t have butterflies in their stomach. They will just treat the postseason games as another series, just with a little more importance. The athletes won’t fall under the pressure of the media and succumb to the hype, like players with no postseason experience tend to do. One key ingredient to postseason success is having been there before.

Reasons why the Royals won’t win the World Series

1. They don’t have a true ace
A true ace is important to every team, especially the teams with postseason goals. An ace of the rotation gives their team a chance to win every time he starts a game and stops losing streaks before they get too long. Without one, the pitching staff will struggle and big losing streaks will happen frequently. The Royals don’t have that ace and that might hurt them as the season unfolds. However, the starting pitchers for the Royals just need to keep it close enough so the bullpen can do its thing.

2. The Cubs and Giants could both be in the World Series
The Cubs are the most talented team in baseball and are the most dangerous enemy to the Royal’s goal. The Cubbies have a true ace in Jake Arrieta, better offense than the Royals, and a better rotation. For the Giants, they also have a true ace in Madison Bumgarner and a great #2 starter in Johnny Cueto. The Giants always seem to be good in even years, winning their last three World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. San Francisco did beat the Royals in the 2014 World Series after all. Despite this, the Royals offense and defense may just push them past these two foes.

Another World Series title is a very plausible result for the Royals this season. They have all the players and ingredients for it to happen. Just as long as Kansas City doesn’t have any critical injuries to important players, a World Series title could very well be in their future.

Bob Killgore - Sports Editor

Bob joined The Flightline in January of 2016. His interests include cross country and track. He enjoys watching MLB baseball and his favorite baseball team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can email him at [email protected]