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Will home field advantage haunt the Jays?

Personally I wasn’t a huge fan of the Jays posing as the Bisons for the last games of the season. I understand that it’s a long season and some of the position players like Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar have logged 1000+ innings, and you fear the risk of injury in games that don’t mean TOO much. But the poor performance in the last series against Tampa Bay allowed the Royals to gain home field advantage.

The simple fact is that the Blue Jays are a better team when they play in the Rogers Centre, and the same rules applied this year for the Royals. The Blue Jays were 53-28 at home and 40-41away, while the Royals 51-30 at home and 44-37 away from Kauffman.

The Blue Jays have proved to us this Post Season that where they play, even with their backs against the wall, doesn’t seem matter at all. The Royals have shown the same in the past two post seasons, coming up with clutch wins on the road, winning the Wild Card game in Oakland, and sweeping the ALDS and ALCS. If this series stretches to a seventh game, there will be some fans that are unhappy to see it played in KC.

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