Oct 23, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USAMandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
5. HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Conventional wisdom suggests that home field advantage is less important in the playoffs than the regular season. Yet, the Kansas City Royals have made a habit of late-inning comebacks to steal playoff games in this post-season.
All three games the KC Royals won against the Houston Astros in the ALDS were come-from-behind victories, including a second four-run, eighth inning rally in an elimination game in Game 4. The Kansas City Royals then stung the Toronto Blue Jays by rallying from a 3-run, seventh-inning deficit to take Game 2 of the ALCS.
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While the KC Royals never trailed in their iconic 4-3 victory over Toronto in Game 6, they did have to recover from blowing a two-run eighth inning lead and stave off a Blue Jays rally in the ninth in which they had runners on second and third with no outs. Wade Davis managed to preserve KC’s precarious one-run lead to earn the Royals’ second straight pennant.
All of those late-inning charges, except the Game 4 rally in Houston, came at Kauffman Stadium.
Call me a traditionalist, but I believe that the home crowd helps the KC Royals pull off their late-inning magic.
Thanks to the American League’s All-Star victory in July, the Kansas City Royals once again hold home field advantage for the 2015 World Series. Last season, the KC Royals faithful had to watch as the San Francisco Giants snatched the crown with a 3-2 victory at Kauffman Stadium in Game 7.
I just don’t think the Kansas City Royals will allow that to happen on their home turf for a second year in a row.
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