Oct 14, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales (25) leads his team to the field as they celebrate defeating the Houston Astros in game five of the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
5. HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays were both strong home teams this season, with the Jays going 53-28 at home and the Royals checking in at 51-30. Fortunately for the KC Royals, four out of seven games in the American League Championship Series are scheduled for Kauffman Stadium by virtue of Kansas City grinding out the best record in the American League at 95-67.
Hey, the KC Royals will take every edge they can get. They’ve earned it.
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Along with their track records, both parks play to the strengths of their home teams. Kauffman Stadium’s expansive outfield favors the Kansas City Royals team speed and the deep fences will help nullify Toronto’s power. Meanwhile, the Rogers Centre in Toronto suppresses base hits, but is one of the easiest parks to hit home runs.
And, after the KC Royals have pulled off so many miraculous comebacks in Kauffman Stadium the last two post-seasons, the team EXPECTS to win. The Kansas City Royals can certainly win on the road, as their four-run comeback in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros showed, their confidence at home hits another level altogether.
Pretty much the only must-win game that the KC Royals have lost at Kauffman in the last two seasons was Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. And, even then, they fell 90 feet short of playing for a title in extra innings against a pitcher enjoying one of the great post-seasons in MLB history (Madison Bumgarner).
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