Kansas City Royals Cannot Take Anything for Granted
By David Hill
Let us examine the American League Championship Series at this point. As the Kansas City Royals are heading into Game Three at the Rogers Centre, the series has gone almost as well as they could have hoped. Edinson Volquez and the bullpen were dominant in Kansas City, letting the Royals jump out to a 2-0 lead in the series. It is certainly an enviable position to be in.
However, let us not forget that the Toronto Blue Jays have been in this situation before. During the American League Division Series, the Blue Jays were behind the Texas Rangers 2-0 in the best of five series. Even worse, they had lost both games in Toronto, leaving them to face the daunting task of having to sweep the Rangers at home, then to come back in Game Five. They managed to do exactly that, setting up this showdown to reach the World Series.
Yes, it is easy to feel confident. The Royals have their ace in Johnny Cueto on the mound for today’s game, and came back to defeat David Price in Game Two. That penchant for comeback victories, no matter how improbable they may be, can certainly be devastating for another team. Kansas City has certainly proven, over the past two years, that they know how to win once the calender flips to October.
At least, that has been the case thus far. Now, the Kansas City Royals have to contend with the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, a place that had been a scene from their nightmares earlier this season. Let us not forget that, in what must have been a measuring stick series for the Blue Jays following their moves at the trade deadline, Toronto took three of the four game series, scoring 23 runs.
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The Blue Jays have also been the masters of the comeback this season. At the trade deadline, Toronto had a 53-51 record, sitting six games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. They ended up not only winning the division by six games, but had briefly managed to surpass the Royals for home field advantage throughout the postseason. The Blue Jays have proven their resiliency all season, and they are not about to roll over now.
The Kansas City Royals are certainly in an enviable position with their 2-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. However, the Texas Rangers were in that same position, and look at how that series turned out. The American League Championship Series is far from over.