Blue Jays: 5 ways the Royals will push Toronto in the ALCS

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Kansas City’s Team Defense

When you look up and down the Blue Jays batting lineup, you would think it’s a fantasy team, with everyone batting 1-6 a power threat, and 1-9 being all strong bats. I get the same feeling when looking at the Royals defensive alignment.

With four Golden Gloves on the field, the Royals will make plays that will shock you.

The Royals ranked the 10th best team ERA in 2015 at 3.73 (looking at the FIP numbers for five of their pitchers including Edinson Volquez, Wade Davis, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera, and Franklin Morales). Those pitchers on average improved their ERA .608 just by the players standing behind them. Wade Davis had the biggest improvement with a FIP of 2.29!

Without the historically amazing defence of the Royals, the pitching staff might be one of the worst in the league.

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