This Kansas City Royals unit has displayed high character time and again.
A few nights ago, they were on the brink of elimination. During Game 2, they trailed by scores of 3-0 and 4-1. And yet, this never-say-die outfit found ways to register comeback victories.
On Wednesday, they trailed again as the Houston Astros took an early 2-0 lead just two innings into the game. This time, the Royals delivered a powerful statement with a crushing 7-2 victory over the Astros to once again seal a berth in the American League Championship Series (ALCS).
It was Johnny Cueto’s night to shine. The Royals’ starting pitcher allowed only two hits, a single by Evan Gattis and a second-inning homer by Luis Valbuena, before retiring the final 19 batters he stared down with. The victory was sealed after Wade Davis breezed through the ninth.
Royals, the defending AL champions, will host the Blue Jays in Game 1 on Friday. Incidentally, their only previous ALCS match-up in 1985 saw Royals winning in seven games – before going on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals for their solitary World Series coup. Could this be the year the Royals win the whole thing again? Most pundits seem to think so.
The Royals, who have won 10 of their last 13 playoff games at home, will be hard to bet against, especially against a relatively inexperienced Blue Jays outfit.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 15, 2015