The Kansas City Royals have to be wondering what’s so hard about the playoffs? Six games, six wins. Nothing to it.
Yesterday was pretty much the Lorenzo Cain show as the centerfielder had four hits and a catch that entailed running basically across the entire outfield to make a tremendous catch. I am an old guy. I watched Amos Otis play center and then Willie Wilson and Brian McRae and Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran and, my god, can Lorenzo Cain play the position!
Proof that the Royals just might be an actual team of destiny can be found in that Mike Moustakas, who spent the bulk of 2014 displaying no ability to hit baseballs whatesoever, has four home runs in six games. I stole this from Sam Mellinger (and the world of data in general), but Moose has never hit four home runs in six games in the major leagues ever. In the playoffs? No problem.
Here stand your Kansas City Royals, two games up and coming home to play three. It’s been a long time since we have been in the playoffs, but I am pretty sure that is Position A.
The Royals have gotten to this position by routinely moving what may be the best defensive centerfielder in the game to rightfield in the final three innings of close games…and we all pretty much like it. They have gotten there playing a second baseman who has not hit in half a season and, by most accounts, can barely throw a ball at this point. They have won the first two games of this series even though the Royals’ two best starting pitchers have looked more like Odalis Perez (the version that pitched in Kansas City) than front of the rotation playoff starters.
Destiny? I don’t know if I truly believe in that, but this group has some sort of mojo. That’s right: MOJO.
Now, a two games to none advantage going home is not a lock. Your 1985 Royals were down two games to none, by the way. However, winning two games out of the next five seems, dare we say, not that hard.
Rain is in the forecast for Monday. A lot of rain..and wind..miserable conditions basically. While you want to keep the ball rolling, I don’t think a rainout slows this teams’ roll. In fact, I would not adverse at all. The big three relievers plus Finnegan have worked the last two days and worked hard. Sure, they would be ready to go with the off-day today, but they would be even more ready with two days off.
A rainout would give Ned Yost the option of bringing Shields and Ventura back for games four and five at home, with the World Series on the line. Maybe, like me, you think James Shields looks like a tired pitcher, but I like him to have a good outing on the heels of three so-so ones.
Frankly, at this point, I am not sure it matters who starts, what the weather is or even if Ned finally benches Infante and plays me or Craig instead.
Party on, Ned.