That's a fair bit different from reality, eh? Only the San Diego Padres had a larger difference between actual and Pythagorean records than the Royals. Playing .500 or better next season seems more realistic if you consider the 2011 club a 78 win team. They went 10-21 when Jeff Francis started so could possible contention really be as simple as replacing him in the rotation with Chad Billingsley or James Shields? I'm not answering either way, just legitimately wondering.
Aaron Stilley looks at the 2011 Royals By The Numbers. Lot of good stuff here as Aaron tells where the outfield and rotation ranked in team history and why Jeff Francoeur's 20/20 season is less impressive than it appears.
The Power Of One Pitcher at KC Longball takes a look at what a James Shields addition could do for the 2012 record.
Michael Engel has a few thoughts on next season's rotation as well in Exit Stage Left.
Craig Brown in his post on the coaching changes brought to light one of the most pathetic stats of the year - the Royals threw the most pitches in baseball and had the lowest strike percentage. That's an unhealthy combination that will lead to things like a 92 ERA+.
Will McDonald wonders if the coaching staff changes are a sign that Ned Yost is here to stay.
Clint Scoles does that minor league profile thing he does so well, this time on Ethan Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth, as you may recall, was the pitcher Kansas City received from Oakland for Kila Ka'aihue. You know if Brad Pitt would've drafted Kila back in 2002 the A's wouldn't have had to part with a player with a John Hughes-approved name.