Royals May Have the Giants Where They Want Them


You had to figure that the Kansas City Royals would not make this easy, right? After all, the regular season was a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, so why would the postseason be any different?

However, it appeared as though that may be the case. After their amazing comeback, and subsequent victory in the Wild Card, The Royals had swept through the American League. Even though they lost the first game of the World Series, they had put a few good swings on Madison Bumgarner, but unfortunately hit the ball right into the defense. Yet, with the Royals facing perhaps the best postseason pitcher in the game today, that loss was likely to be expected.

The Royals did their part in the next two games, taking back home field advantage as they defeated both Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson. They even had a lead on the Giants in Game Three, knocking out start Ryan Vogelsong before he could get through the third inning. Then, just when everything seemed to be going the Royals way, Jason Vargas began to struggle and the bullpen imploded. Bumgarner, predictably, was lights out in Game Five, and the Royals now find themselves on the brink of elimination, scoreless over their last fifteen innings.

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Yet, this may be right where the Royals want the Giants. The Royals seem to thrive when their backs are against the wall, and at this point, they are in exactly that situation. One more loss, and there is no tomorrow. In essence, the Royals are staring two one game playoff matches right in the face.

For a team that was not expected to be here, at least by the experts and prognosticators, this likely does not matter. This is a team that was not expected to win at a high enough level, as Dayton Moore built this team on a stellar bullpen and amazing defense. They were not supposed to have the firepower to get past the A’s, then the Angels or the Orioles. Yet, here they are, sitting in the World Series needing two more victories to claim the title once again.

The Kansas City Royals may well be playing their final game of the 2014 season on Tuesday night. Somehow, it definitely does not feel as though that will be the case. See you all on Wednesday at the K!