Kansas City, we meet again. Some of Birdland still holds a grudge against this blue bunch. But, in reality, they have proven to be the better team since the Orioles and Royals tangled in the 2014 ALCS. Since then, they have gone on to win the World Series and look to be dangerous once again this season. Ugh! But now! The Birds are a half game better! HA!!!
Sure some of these guys are annoying, but the reason to "hate" playing the Royals isn't because of the personalities of the players, but because of the abilities of those players. These guys are really flippin' good. And that makes them a tough team to beat. But you already knew that.
Their pitching staff has allowed only 44 runs over 15 games; the fourth lowest in baseball. However, they have only scored 57 in that same span, which puts them tied for 19th in MLB. So, they still don't have an explosive offense. This feels like a series in which the O's pitching can hold its own. It will be on the offense to provide the cushion to propel the boys in black and orange to a series win.
That offense wasn't always impressive against Toronto. But Chris Young is pitching tonight. He is yet to go more than five innings and has allowed 12 runs over 13.2 innings. As crazy as it is to say, the pitching matchup favors the Orioles. Oh god!
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||KANSAS CITY ROYALS|
|Joey Rickard - LF||Alcides Escobar - SS|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Mike Moustakas - 3B|
|Adam Jones - CF||Lorenzo Cain - CF|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Eric Hosmer - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - RF||Kendrys Morales - DH|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Alex Gordon - LF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Salvador Perez - C|
|Pedro Alvarez - DH||Omar Infante - 2B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Jarrod Dyson - RF|
|Yovani Gallardo - RHP||Chris Young - RHP|