Kansas City is on their way to their first world series since 1985, and by the way they haven’t lost a postseason game since 1985. This team has not only captured the hearts and minds of baseball fans everywhere but have also truly become the Cinderella story of 2014. As many fans and critics over social media slammed this team during their Wild Card game vs the A’s I continued to be glued to my television as I had a feeling that all this team needed was one hit; one run and they were back. So they did, and ended up pulling off the comeback and beat the A’s in extras, starting their reign of terror on the American League.
First with the Angels, the “best team in baseball;” they swept them. Then along came the Orioles, a team who came into their own this season and finally won the AL East, guess what the royals did to them? Swept them. The Royals are a perfect 8-0 this postseason, and almost all of their wins have had a flair for the dramatic. Is it destiny? I believe so and let me explain to you why.
The Kansas City Royals will win the world series because of seven main players. First lets start with the ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain. Cain is a career .279 hitter, while he had a career year hitting .301 in this postseason he has outdone himself hitting .353 along with one spectacular play after another out in center field.
Then we have the 3rd basemen; Mike MOUStackas. Let me just get this through your mind now that he was sent down to AAA this season, he had no ability to hit the ball, it just wasn’t working for him. Granted he still hasn’t blossomed into that amazing hitter we all want him to be hitting only.241 this postseason, but four out of his seven postseason have been home runs. What does that mean? Is that all he is? In the postseason he can be whatever he wants to be as long as he’s scoring runs, and last time I checked four homers in eight games – that’s putting runs on the board and it’s coming from a man who is in the bottom of the batting order, and usually not expected to do much of anything.
Third is the 1st baseman Eric Hosmer. I received a text from my dad during game 3 of the Angels/Royals series and he said “This no name Hosmer kid is gonna get paid a lot soon” now as the die-hard baseball fan I am I couldn’t help but to laugh at the “no name” label, but then I thought. To the casual baseball fan Hosmer hasn’t really done much to breakout to a national audience until now. Maybe a star is being born; Hosmer is hitting .448 this postseason which is insane along with a .556 OBP, so maybe a star is being born before our eyes in Kansas City.
Lastly is the bullpen or like I love to call them “The 3 Headed Monster” while their entire bullpen has been outstanding including the rookie Brandon Finnegan, I only include these three, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland.
Wade Davis has been the best bullpen arm this season, since 2009 Wade’s ERA has been, 3.72, 4.07,4.45, 2.43, and 5.32. Now his ERA this season? Oh its only 1.00. with his career year this Royals bullpen has just become that much scarier. He is also built for the postseason, in his career 15.2 IP in the postseason he’s only given up 3 earned runs; a solid 1.72 ERA.
Kelvin Herrera is the unsung hero of this bullpen to everybody outside Kansas City, in his 70 IP this season his ERA is an amazing 1.41, while his career ERA is 2.56. Like many others he as only stepped his game up in October and has lowered his ERA to 1.08.
Leave the closer for last; Greg Holland. Holland is one of the top young closers this game has, a career 2.19 ERA with 113 saves already, he has stepped his game up going a perfect 6/6 this postseason. When you have those three pitchers going in the 7-8-9 inning it’s almost as if the game becomes a six inning game for the opposing team.