LADY AT THE BAT: Turning Back Time: Yankees Sweep Royals

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Turning Back Time: Yankees Sweep Royals

Things like this aren't supposed to happen anymore. At least, if you believe the Kansas City Royals they aren't. 

The Royals started this season with a chip on their shoulder, angry about not being picked by the prognosticators to repeat their outstanding 2014 season. They still might repeat it, but if they continue to play the way they played over their last three games, it will be harder and harder for them not to turn back time.

I'm definitely not expecting them to turn back time, but getting swept by the Yankees this week makes it easier to imagine. Those times were great for the Yankees. They included years in which the Yankees swept the season series, and did it easily. Royals pitching was non-existent. Their offense wasn't much better. Fans were reduced to entertaining themselves with gimmicks such as "$hare The Wealth."  They urged the team owners to sell.

That's all in the past now. The Royals are one of the best teams in baseball. But are they an elite team?  The answer to that question depends on, among other things, how well they play in their next series, against the Cubs this weekend in Chicago. If they win it, they will continue to cement their 2015 destiny. If they lose it, however, they will continue to turn back time.

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