The Kansas City Royals have been stuck in a rut for a long time. When you can consider a 71-91 season a moderate success, you know you've got a bad baseball team.
The Royals find themselves in the unenviable company of the Pittsburgh Pirates when it comes to futility. Since the 1994 players' strike, KC has had just one winning season, which ranks second-worst in the majors, only behind the Pirates.
Having their best season in 20 years will be almost impossible this year. The 2003 Royals won 83 games, 12 more than last year's team.
Improving that much will be too tall a task for a young team. However, apart from that aberration, their best year since the strike-shortened 1994 season was 77-85 in 2000.
Finding six more wins is much more doable.