The Kansas City Royals are in first place in the AL Central. They lead the second place Twins by six games (seven in the loss column). The Royals have the best record in the American League, with a record of 55-35. Most people in baseball will tell you that the Royals are the best in the junior circuit. But can teams such as the Yankees, Orioles, Twins, Angels or Astros best KC in a short series? Of course they can. But even if the Royals can get back to the World Series for the second straight year, they would be underdogs to the NL’s top teams because of those squads front of the rotation starting pitchers.
There is no doubt the Royals bring a lot to the table. They have a really good lineup (8th in MLB in runs scored, trail the 2nd place team by just 23 runs), good defense, great athleticism, and a three headed monster in the bullpen, between Herrera, Davis and Holland. However the Royals starting pitching staff is not going to keep other playoff teams up at night. No doubt the players in KC’s lineup and bullpen will, but not their starting pitching staff.
But if the Royals can land a proven ace in Johnny Cueto, KC as a team has gone up another level. To add an ace like Cueto will make the Royals so much more formidable and as good as anybody in baseball, if not better. I understand that Cueto is a free agent after the season and would be a rental for KC. An expensive rental at that in terms of trade cost. But the time is now. The Royals have a window now to win a championship. It’s time that Royals GM Dayton Moore does whatever it takes to land Cueto. Continue reading Royals Need To Go All In and Land Cueto
Well there has been a lot of exciting games this MLB post season but we have yet to have an exciting series. No Game Fives in the LDS & in the LCS series we had a sweep and a series that went 5 games. Having said that both LCS series were evenly matched and the games were very close and exciting. However we now need a great series to go along with great games. I think we have an excellent chance with that happening in the World Series between the Royals and the Giants.
From a Royals perspective this team cannot be anymore red hot than they already are at this point. In fact I am sure they wished they did not have nearly a week off between the ALCS and the World Series. All of the Royals games have been nail biters except one and yet they are in perfect in the post season with an 8-0 record. The Giants who are in the Fall Classic for the 3rd time in 5 years have not been to shabby themselves with an 8-2 post season record. What is also amazing about this World Series is both squads were Wild Card teams. Let’s break down this series.
The Royals have been scoring runs (42 Runs in 8 Games) by doing everything. They have hit 8 Homers in 8 games, they have used their speed stealing bases (13 steals in 8 games) and running the bases. Most importantly the Royals have been great by getting the timely hit with runners in scoring position. The Royals offense has been lead by Hosmer (.448 Avg & 8RBI), Cain (9 Runs Scored & .353 Avg) & Moustakos (4HR’s). Keep in mind when games 3, 4 & 5 are played in San Francisco that means no DH so that means Billy Butler is a pinch hitter. The Giants offense has been good as well (41 Runs Scored in 10 Games). Continue reading World Series Preview & Prediction:
We already know the ALCS match ups as both the Orioles and Royals swept their opponents in the 1st round of the playoffs. It’s going to be an off-season for the Angels and Tigers where they have a lot of questions to answer on how to get their squads to the World Series. But today we are only worried about the Royals and Orioles who move on to the ALCS in a best of 7 series. The series starts this Friday October 10th.
This match up has the potential to be a great series. Both the Orioles and Royals are playing great crisp baseball. I like the Royals starting pitching a touch better than Baltimore because they have James Shields at the top of their rotation. After that each days match up should be pretty close to even in terms of the starting pitching. In regards to the bullpen I think it’s a dead heat. The Royals have a three headed monster of Herrera, Davis and Holland. But the O’s have Britton, A.Miller, O’Day and Hunter. In terms of the lineup I have to give the edge to Baltimore. No doubt the Orioles have a lot more thump than KC lead by Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones. But let’s not forget Markakis, Hardy and Pearce for Baltimore as well. For the Royals Eric Hosmer is on fire and while the Royals don’t hit a lot of Home Runs or Walk they can manufacture runs with their speed and playing small ball.
The Royals are a great Cinderella story and it would be terrific for Baseball to have such a team make the World Series. That’s nothing against the Orioles but every sport loves a massive underdog story. Continue reading ALCS Preview & Prediction