KC Royals Ask Chris Young To Recapture Momentum In World Series
By John Viril
The KC Royals will ask spot starter Chris Young to recapture the momentum in the 2015 World Series.
The 6’10” 36-year-old Chris Young was the ultimate “spare part” for the Kansas City Royals in the 2015 season. He appeared in 34 games, starting 18. Young stepped into the KC Royals rotation in mid-May when the team lost three starters to injury and returned to the bullpen when the Royals acquired Johnny Cueto at the trade deadline.
When Jeremy Guthrie broke down in the second half, Chris Young returned to the rotation to help the Kansas City Royals nail down home field advantage in the final week of the season. Chris Young also made a start against the formidable Toronto Blue Jay in Game 4 of the ALCS, and won Game 1 of the World Series with a three shutout innings of relief in extra innings.
In short, Chris Young has done everything manager Ned Yost has asked. Considered little more than an afterthought by most pundits when general manager Dayton Moore added him for a one-year deal worth a mere $675,00, he became a key member of the Royals staff. Young posted an outstanding 11-6 record with a 3.06 ERA during the regular season, and a 1-0 record and 2.31 ERA in three post-season appearances.
The KC Royals are handing him the ball one more time in Game 4 of the World Series.
It’s not a do-or-die situation. The Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets two games to one in the 2015 World Series. Yet, it’s a pivotal game (which can pretty much describe EVERY World Series game).
After the Mets 9-3 victory on Friday night, they can draw even with a win on Halloween.
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If the New York Mets win a second time in a row, most of the baseball world will dismiss the first two games and claim that the Mets are now the team of “destiny”. Others will credit Noah Syndergaard‘s chin music to open Game 3 as the turning point of the World Series, forgetting that the KC Royals scored three runs against him in six innings (a rather mediocre 4.50 ERA).
All of New York will buy into the idea that they have the advantage because they’re “tougher” than the hayseeds from Kansas City. Of course, they don’t know that multiple teams tried throwing at KC Royals hitters this spring with little to no success.
Chis Young can help the Kansas City Royals put an end to such narratives by taking care of business on Halloween. By continuing to baffle New York Mets hitters with his command and upper 80’s fastball, he can pretty much kill the idea that New York can dominate with their young flame-throwers.
Chris Young can end up the unlikely hero in the second Kansas City Royals World Series victory in franchise history with an elite performance after winning Game 1 in extra innings.
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Go snag that brass ring, Chris Young. If you can grab it, I’ll guarantee that the KC Royals will not be the only team to offer you a major-league contract in 2016.