The Royals lost on Saturday, dropping them to 32-34.
"You have to get back to .500 and then go from there. You've got to do it in steps," Yost said. "You've got to get to .500 before you can compete. You'll never compete under .500."
The Royals' last above-.500 season was 2003, also the last year that they were above the break-even point this late in the season. After 66 games, they were 34-32 and moved to 35-32 after 67 games.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.