Two years ago if you told me the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays would face off in the ALCS, I would've laughed at you. Now, not so much.
The two teams are among baseball's best, shining under the brightest of lights, with the biggest stars the game has to offer. One person that isn't really considered a star is Edinson Volquez, that is, until last night.
Volquez was absolutely brilliant. Even though he only went six innings, he shut out the highest run producing team in the big leagues. Realistically, Volquez didn't need to go eight innings.
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Kansas City's bullpen is one of the best in the league. With every Volquez pitch, the fans got louder and louder, only making it harder for Blue Jay bats to get going.
Volquez was able to evade trouble in the sixth where he walked the first two batters to start the inning but, wiggled his way out of it, unscathed. That would be the night for Volquez, as the fans of Kansas City gave him a standing ovation as he exited.
Volquez's final line looks like this: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 ER, 112 NP
Ned Yost will give the ball to hard-throwing right-hander, Yordano Ventura in game 2 looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
It's worth noting that Toronto will not just give up if they do lose game 2. Toronto also trailed the Texas Rangers 2-0 in the ALDS, going on to win 3 straight games to advance to the ALCS for the first time in over two decades. Toronto will turn to David Price, who is still searching for his first postseason win, and there's no better time to get it than tonight.
First pitch from Kauffman Stadium is at 4:07 p.m ET.