Confident Royals head into playoffs

Fans have had the opportunity to vote for the Royals Majestic Player of the Month all season long by visiting area Kansas Sampler and Rally House locations or the Royals Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium.


The Royals will start Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Astros or Yankees on Thursday night. He recorded quality starts in each of his last three outings, posting a 1.80 ERA and a. 171 opponents’ average in that span.

Astros ace Dallas Keuchel pitched six scoreless innings on three days rest to win on Tuesday, but now won’t be available until Game 3 of the ALDS, on Sunday in Houston.

I honestly didn’t think that once the Royals gave home field advantage throughout to the Blue Jays that they would get it back, but Toronto slumped at the right time for the Royals.

If we learned anything from last year’s insane AL Wild Card game between the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals, it might be just this – expect the road team to put out a historic effort.

The 24-year-old Ventura weathered a rollercoaster year that saw him briefly banished to Triple-A Omaha.

Ultimately, this game could come down to something that the Kansas City Royals re-introduced us to last season, and it’s something that the Houston Astros have an advantage in.

He allowed one run and four hits over seven innings – striking out 11 – on Saturday in Minnesota.

The Astros didn’t face Cueto, who was acquired by the Royals before the trade deadline. Throw in the fact he is just 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA in three playoff starts with the Reds, and the decision to start Ventura in the opener became clear. “Everybody on your playoff roster is there to help you win games”, said Royals general manager Dayton Moore when asked about Cueto starting Game 2. “We are sure everyone will enjoy it”.

“We like the speed aspect”. He didn’t want to mortgage too much of the future by shipping prized prospects off for the kind of frontline starter or big-time bat that can be so helpful this time of year.


“Obviously we’re guaranteed to play”, Davis said.