Blue Jays: 5 reasons not to fear the Kansas City Royals

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Oct 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) celebrates with right fielder Jose Bautista after defeating the Texas Rangers in game three of the ALDS at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Home is Just a Word

Earlier this week when the Blue Jays were down 0-2 heading into Texas, it seemed like our luck had finally run out. We all know that wasn’t the case, taking both games in Texas before winning the fifth in Toronto. So while the Royals may be able to begin the series at home, that doesn’t entitle them to any form of “home field advantage”. In two games in Arlington, the Blue Jays outscored the Rangers 13-5. In three games in Toronto, the Rangers outscored the Blue Jays 14-13. Granted it is a small sample size, but it proves that the Blue Jays are just as capable of playing on the road as they are at home.

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Any early momentum for the Jays spells bad news for the Royals. While it is unreasonable to believe that the Blue Jays are going to go in and sweep the Royals, it is not at all unbelievable that they’ll at least take one of two games in KC before heading up north. With the series tied and the Blue Jays getting to play 2 more at home, the Royals would have to be extra cautious. That’s two days of turf, two days of a batter-friendly environment and two days in front of a particularly excitable crowd.

The last time the Royals were in town, things didn’t go their way. They lost three of four, and the Jays spoiled the debut of Johnny Cueto. We all remember this as being the first spark, as immediately after that we swept the Twins and then went to New York and did it again. When looking at the meteoric rise of the second half Jays, the Royals ended up being victim #1. Something that we haven’t forgotten and something they would do well not to forget. Even before that, the Jays put up a hell of a fight in early July without much of the spark that currently resides within our team. This will be Price, Stroman, Revere, and Tulowitzki’s first trip to KC as a Jay this year.  They and the rest of the Jays will be bringing their A-Game. The Royals better be prepared to do the same.

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