Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The 2015 Kansas City Royals are coming off of an “AWESOME SEASON”. The Royals organization showed the blueprint for winning in a small market. The Royals made their first MLB Playoff appearance in 29 years. The “GOOD OLE DAY’S” are here again at Kaufman Stadium in Western Missouri. The Royals finished the regular season one-game behind Central Divison winner Detroit Tigers.
This Sports Handicapper looked on in disbelief as the Kansas City Royals came from behind to win the Wild Card series against The Oakland A’s. The Next two series were sweeps over the talented Anaheim Angels and Baltimore Orioles. The team lost game seven in the World Series at home to the San Francisco Giants. The 2015 Royals have a new look and hopefully, it will make them better. Manager Ned Yost is in his fifth season as the “SKIPPER” in the second largest city in the Show-Me-State. There are holes to be filled in the lineup, 7 players became free agents. The franchise was only able to resign two, pitchers Luke Hochevar and Jason Frasor. The Royals lost Ace Pitcher James Shields who in now in San Diego. Relief Pitcher Scott Downs in with the Cleveland Indians. Right Fielder Norichika Aoki signed to play with the San Francisco Giants. The biggest to the team on 2015 MLB Picks is the loss of Designated hitter/First baseman Billy Butler. Butler signed with the Oakland A’s after being in Kansas City since 2007.
The 2015 Kansas City Royals are going to have trouble repeating the success of last season. Kendrys Morales was brought in to take the place of Butler as a designated hitter and First Baseman. Outfielder Alex Rios, Pitchers Kris Medlen, and Yohan Pino also add value. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain is back in the mix and is becoming one of the best in the game. Cain won the 2014 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award on his awesome defense. Yost has hs work cut out in 2015; he must motivate and get his team to believe they are still good. The Royals begin the season at Houston on Friday April 3rd. The Royals are picked to finish third in the American League Central Division Bovada.Lv list Kansas City at 450/1 to win the American League Central Division.