Thursday, October 8, 2015

ALDS Preview: Royals and Astros


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
October 8 2015, 2:00 PM EST.
@PGordonPBR

The Astros are young and talented, a turned-around 100-loss team from just a few years ago that's making a surprising postseason run. In other words, they're exactly who the Kansas City Royals were last year.

The Royals were bad once upon a time too. But in 2014, they turned it all around, making an unlikely run to the World Series, where they lost in a riveting Game 7 to the San Francisco Giants.

According to the final Philadelphia Baseball Review Power Rankings, the Astros and Royals were the third and forth best clubs in baseball, respectively. The Astros had an advantage in run differential per game (.761 to .692) and WHIP (1.18 to 1.25), but the Royals had a better a better OPS (.737 to .730).

Given the divisional match-ups this postseason, this series looks to be the most exciting.

The Royals demonstrated they are an elite team and the Astros are led by a core of young stars - George Springer, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve.

I think the postseason experience of the Royals will make the difference.

Prediction: Royals take the series in five.

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