What is to say about the Kansas City Royals other than to pinpoint the unquestionable dominance they bring to the forefront every postseason game.
After taking care of the Oakland A’s in the wild card game then sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, this team continues to streak in the American League Championship Series.
On Saturday afternoon, KC won 6-4 over Baltimore to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS and in the process notched their sixth straight playoff victory.
The Royals have not been in the postseason for 29 years and this year they’re making up for what they have missed. This team walked into Baltimore and with home field advantage on the side of the O’s, the Royals have competed and succeeded at a tough task.
It’s not easy for most teams to go into an opposing team’s ballpark and win the first two games of a vitally important postseason series. But KC is not like most teams.
They play through the grit, the intensification of the opponent’s fans, and go on to another level of clutch production. It’s not every day you’ll find the amount of chemistry that is built into the KC clubhouse.
Their attitude of never-quit spirit has kept them in these games, especially when there is a deficit.
Many of their players deserve a big round of applause for keeping them alive and focused as the king of underdogs and prove that as a wild card team it is not the label they are meant for.
The batting heroes
The power of third baseman Mike Moustakas shows the secret ingredient of surprising home run hitting situations adds to the recipe of accomplishments KC builds.
Moustakas has four home runs and five runs batted in the postseason, and his home runs are five of the six total hits he’s had so far.
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who had the game of his life on Saturday, went 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and a run batted in. His postseason numbers have tallied up to 10-for-27 at the plate, four runs batted in, and eight runs scored.
First baseman Eric Hosmer has also provided the push KC’s offense needs. The young hitter has hit two home runs and driven in seven runs in his playoff appearances. His six walks have also played a factor.
These three hitters have been the heroes for at least one of the six games KC has won and especially the ones that have gone into extra innings.
Of six games, four of them have gone to extras and the Royals have come out victorious with ease all of those games.
Now with a commanding lead for KC, they head home for Games 3, 4, and 5 in the hope of closing out the series. And we all know closing out the series means a trip to the fall classic. Game 3 begins Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.
With the Kansas City fans roaring in the home ballpark, there is no denying Baltimore will not have anything easy.