Oct 9, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals players Jarrod Dyson (1) , Lorenzo Cain (6) and Paulo Orlando (16) celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros in game two of the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals
The AL is a lot more appealing to root for since the Dodgers didn’t play either of these teams this year. They never hurt us. If you squint your eyes hard enough, the Royals look EXACTLY like the Dodgers. I’m sold.
A vote for the Royals is a vote for chaos, because there is no reason for Ned Yost to be managing in back-to-back World Series’. I’m all for a well-executed sac bunt here and there, but Yost manages runners-on situations like someone that doesn’t really know how to play video games so they just press a random button on the controller and it ends up bunting.
The team is likable enough, depending on your feelings on Yordano Ventura. He seems like one of those pitchers every fanbase would want on their team, but hate on opposing teams. Their bullpen is also exactly what the Dodgers tried to do with theirs, except it worked for the Royals. None of them are high-priced, most are home grown and they even have a failed-starter-turned-reliever. They have had Joe Blanton and Joba Chamberlain pitch for them, which in my eyes are two demerits. Their outfield is incredible, with Jarrod Dyson, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon basically eliminating any balls falling in play.
Much like the Mets, the fanbase is what deters me from the Royals. There was a point where Mike Trout was the only non-Royal that was going to be voted into the All-Star game. Omar Infante was slated to start in the All-Star game.
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