The story of the Kansas City Royals baseball team dates back all the way to 1969. In their somewhat early days, the Royals won their first World Series in 1985 defeating the St.Louis Cardinals 4-3. In 1980, the Royals lost to the Philelphia Phillies in six games. When you think of the Kansas City Royals, maybe you think of their World Series ring, maybe you think of their horrid seasons, but most will think of the incident involving George Brett on July 23rd, 1983. Brett was kicked out of the game for using pine tar on his bat, but went ballistic before leaving the field.

Since that World Series win in 1985, the Royals missed the playoffs 28 straight years before losing in the final last year to the San Francisco Giants, or some would have referred to them as the Madison Bumgarner Giants. How did the Royals not qualify for the postseason in 28 consecutive years? In 21 of the 28 years, the Royals gave up more runs then they scored. With the Royals being one of the worst baseball team’s in the 2000’s losing 100 or more games since 2002, and a handful of seasons with 90 or more, it had to turn around for the Royals eventually right?

If you were in the group of people who think it would have turned around the Royals. You were correct. 2014 was a great year for the team out of the Kauffman stadium, finishing the season 89-73. Although they were upended by the Tigers in the division, the Royals earned a wild card spot and in the most improbable of comebacks, defeated the Oakland A’s to advance to the divisional series round. In 2014, Royals hitters were fifth in the league with a .263 BA (batting average) and 12th in ERA (earned run average) sitting at 3.51. The Kansas City Royals then advanced all the way to the World Series to take on the National League Champs in the San Francisco Giants. The Giants were led by arguably the best pitcher in the MLB in Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner entered the playoffs with an 18-10 record with a 2.98 ERA. Although the series did go the distance, the 25 year old out of Hickory, North Carolina stole the show. Bumgarner did what not many in recent history have done. Came in on three days of work and made it look easy against the tired, and at point’s sloppy Kansas City Royals. Bumgarner was hands down named the playoff MVP with a 4-1 record with an ERA of 1.03.

We fast forward one season. The Royals knew last year was an impressive and perhaps UN suspected one but coming into this year expected bigger and better things. Through 97 games so far, the Royals own the second best record in baseball at 59-38, only behind the St.Louis Cardinals. Offensively, the Royals are led by outfielder Lorenzo Cain. Cain is batting .312 so far, good enough for 14th in the league and has knocked out 11 homers. Pitching wise for the Royals, it is the definition of winning by committee. Five Royals pitchers have at least five wins this season, led by Edinson Volquez and his 9-5 record with a 3.15 ERA.

So it’s simple. If you add good hitting, which the Royals sit third in the league with a .273 average, good pitching where they sit in fifth and top notch defense it all adds up to quality and quality is what is needed to win these days in MLB. Sure, the Royals do not have any absolute standout MVP guys, but what they do have is a bunch of guys who are buying into Ned Yost’s great system and its paying off, well at least for 97 games this season.

So the question is, are the 2015 Kansas City Royals a good bet to win the World Series? Well if you take a team that is already competing very strongly and add an ace in Johnny Cueto from the Cincinatti Reds, they may just be. Cueto was acquired in a trade on Monday and comes to the Royals with a 7-6 record in 2015 to go along with a 2.62 ERA. Cueto is most known for his insane body twist before each pitch, and his high 90’s fastball. Can Cueto add to this already winning baseball club? Stay tuned, the Kansas City Royals aren’t only good, but they prove to be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the MLB.