KANSAS CITY -- What is the difference between a team that last year reached the postseason for the first time since 1985 and this year had the best record in the American League?
The Kansas City Royals, who will open an AL Division Series at home tonight (7:30 ET/6:30 CT on FS1) against the Houston Astros, are both of the aforementioned teams. They will tell you that the difference between 2014 and 2015 hasn't been all that much.
Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.