Why KC still has a playoff shot

Consecutive wins over Cleveland and Texas have Kansas City 2.5 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot. At first glance, the playoff odds still look poor for the Royals, which would also have to hurdle the Rangers (1 game behind Tampa Bay for the Wild Card lead, and .5 game behind the Indians for that second Wild Card spot). Here's why it's too early to count KC out, however.