The Royals will host the Angels tonight in game three of the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium. James Shields will oppose CJ Wilson at 7:30 as the Royals look for the sweep to punch their ticket to the ALCS for the first time since 1985.
The Royals have had quite the run so far this postseason. After stunning the A’s 9-8 in 12 innings in the Wild Card game on Tuesday night, they stole games one and two in eleven innings, becoming the only team in postseason history to begin a postseason with three consecutive extra-inning games.
The boys in blue utilized their excellent defense and pitching staff to hold the powerful Angels to just three runs in the first two games of the series. Mike Trout, the likely AL MVP, has gone 0-8 with three strikeouts so far in the series. The defensive highlight reel have been highlighted by plays from Lorenzo Cain, Nori Aoki and Jarrod Dyson. The speedy trio has covered a ton of ground in the outfield and Dyson showed off his arm in a critical point in game two, nailing pinch runner Collin Cowgill attempting to tag up to third on a fly ball as the potential go-ahead run in the eighth inning.
The Royals have long been a team relying heavily on their home-grown talent, and two cornerstones that they drafted and developed out of high school are corner infielders Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. While they have had their share of ups and downs since debuting in the show in 2011, the team’s patience is being rewarded this October, as the duo are responsible for the go-ahead home runs in each of the first two games of this series. Greg Holland was the first draft pick of Royals General Manager Dayton Moore to reach the majors, and it is only fitting that he has closed out the first two wins.
Kansas City returns home tonight in an excellent position to shut down the mighty Angels with their ace Big Game James on the mound. They say that good pitching always beats good hitting, and the Royals are proving that in this series. They are also a team that no one expected to reach this point, and they have nothing to lose at this point. Because of that, they are a dangerous team. The Angels have all the pressure on them after being the team with the best record in the regular season and now losing the first two games of the series at home. Now, the Royals have a chance to bring out the brooms on them tonight in front of their home crowd.