Six playoff games. Six playoff wins. Four of the six games have come on the road. Absolutely incredible.
The Royals will not lose in the playoffs.
There’s too much heart on the Kansas City Royals roster to lose right now. Everything is going right. Their starting pitching has been sensational. Their bullpen has been phenomenal. They have power coming out of nowhere. Their lineup gets timely hits. Ned Yost has got everything working for a team that was three outs away from not even playing in the ALDS less than two weeks ago.
The Royals used more late magic to get by the Orioles 6-4 Saturday evening, taking a 2-0 lead in the ALCS. Alcides Escobar broke the 4-4 tie in the ninth with an RBI double. Greg Holland shut the door down as he has done all year long and the road team found a way to win yet again. The Royals now head home to Kansas City for three home games, only needing two to advance to the World Series.
The Orioles faithful has been rowdy, but the Royals have not been fazed by opposing crowds. They can now win the American League pennant in front of the Kansas City die hards that have waited 29 years for this. The story could easily write itself, and it seems that most baseball fans are soaking in every second of this underdog story. The way they have won these playoff games has really been a pleasure to watch as a fan of the game and as a fan of the sport that desperately needed it in an October with the usuals in the NLCS this year.
Game 3 will be Monday night in Kansas City. Jeremy Guthrie will take the hill for the Royals. Wei-Yin Chen will pitch for the Orioles. This could be the game the Orioles get, but we have been saying that for weeks and the Royals have been unable to fail to come back from deficits or blow leads. It’s been the battle of the bullpens so far in October. Holland, Wade Davis, and the rest of the Royals middle relief has stood the test, no matter how many innings it takes to get there.
Your move, Orioles.