Only one more day until the Kansas City Royals open the 2012 season in Los Angeles (or is it Anaheim? Who cares) against the Angels and Kansas City area native (kinda) Albert Pujols.
As I mentioned before, every time I read a season preview article, it seems as though the author really likes the Kansas City Royals.
Here is yet another Royals believer. This time from South of the Border:
For the first time since 1985, the Royals have a legitimate chance to compete for a playoff spot and should be considered among the best young teams in baseball. That reality can be attributed to a stocked farm system that has produced key contributors for this season in first baseman Eric Hosmer and pitchers Danny Duffy and Mike Montgomery.
The hype took a bit of a hit in spring training with injuries to Mexican closer Joakim Soria, who will be out for the year with Tommy John Surgery, and Venezuelan catcher Salvador Pérez, who was placed on the 60-day DL. Luckily, there’s certainly enough talent on this roster to compete for a Wild Card slot if the youngsters can consistently play at a high level throughout the season.