On that note of optimism, we begin the Royals Season Previews series with The House That Dewey Built, a Red Sox blog that's so much more.
Last year those guys predicted a three-game improvement for the Royals from 2006 (they beat that projection by four games). This year: "The Royals are going to surprise. Maybe not .500, but they’ll get to 75 wins, a six game improvement from 2007."
I'm not sure about the Indians winning 100 behind two overworked starters or the Tigers failing to win 90, but there's not much else to disagree with.
White Sox 74-88
That’s right, the Royals will finish ahead of the White Sox. You read it here. Their young lineup will catalyze around Alex Gordon, while Ozzie Guillen will continue to raise the bar for crazy. The Indians will be nothing short of awesome, and the Tigers will disappoint.
If you're looking for disagreement from this blog... it'll come. I've only just begun collecting previews from around the country, but trust me: Oh it will come.
UPDATE: The Royals scored twice in the bottom of the 9th to win 7-6. Your walk-off hero: Mark Teahen. Other notables: Joey Gathright stole three bases and Joakim Soria picked up the win with a 1-2-3 top of the 9th (one strikeout). Hawk Harrelson is NOT happy.