Kansas City Royals News
The Wild Card round is in the books, and it's time to turn our attention to the Division Series. But who will win? MLB.com staff members -- including studio analysts, columnists and editors -- shared their predictions for the results of both ALDS.
A closer look at Thursday's matchup between the Royals' Jason Vargas and the Angels' Jered Weaver in Game 1 of their American League Division Series.
In his 21 big league seasons, Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett played in seven postseasons, two World Series and 13 All-Star Games, but he called the Royals' Wild Card win "the best game I've ever seen."
Although some analytics-driven folks may cringe when manager Ned Yost bunts or steals with so few outs to work with, there's no denying he has the perfect team with which to play small ball. That won't change when the Royals take on the Angels in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Thursday night.
Playing in a Wild Card Game does not lend itself to easy travel for a team fortunate enough to win and advance to the next round. The Royals found themselves in that position with extra factors involved that resulted in arriving at their Southern California hotel at 6:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, just a few hours before for a 1 p.m. workout.
When the Angels take on the Royals in the American League Division Series, it'll be a contrast of styles: big market versus small market, home runs versus stolen bases, halos versus crowns. Let's take a look at what you need to know about the ALDS matchup.
Maybe someone has seen a bigger collection of fast, ultra-aggressive baserunners. But it has been a long, long time since anyone topped the most recently updated version of the Royals.
Eric Hosmer's triple, a soaring shot off the left-center wall, ignited the Royals' winning two-run surge in the 12th inning of Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game.
Royals manager Ned Yost said he plans to pitch rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Angels on Friday night in Anaheim.
The Royals are going with left-hander Jason Vargas against the Angels in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night. Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 on Friday, followed in Sunday's Game 3 by James Shields.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez produced the seventh extra-inning walk-off hit in a winner-take all postseason game in the Royals' 9-8 win over the Athletics on Tuesday in an epic American League Wild Card Game.
The Royals found themselves in a four-run deficit with six outs separating them from elimination, but they conjured up three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings.
This was Ned Yost's first time managing a postseason game, but this wasn't his first postseason rodeo, the Royals skipper having taken 11 trips to October on Hall of Famer Bobby Cox's staff with the Braves. Let's just say it wasn't a boring debut for Yost, who made moves that had him booed off the field at one point but wound up running the Royals into extra innings of the American League Wild Card Game and into the AL Division Series against the Angels.
The American League Wild Card Game could not have been any wilder. The Royals defeated the A's, 9-8, in 12 innings after erasing a four-run deficit over the eighth and ninth frames and a one-run deficit in the 12th in a contest that featured an entire season's worth of twists and turns. After the drama unfolded and the dust settled, we were left with some remarkable stats to help tell the story.
Rookie Brandon Finnegan helped the Royals do something they hadn't done in 29 years -- celebrate a postseason victory -- by pitching 2 1/3 clutch frames in extra innings of a scintillating 9-8 walk-off triumph in 12 over the A's in the American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium.
After eliminating the Athletics in the Wild Card Game, the challenge continues for the Royals, who now face the top-seeded Angels in the American League Division Series. Here are the three keys to Kansas City emerging victorious.
The moment Salvador Perez's game-winning RBI single evaded Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson, the Royals tore out of the dugout to celebrate.
Jered Weaver and Jason Vargas are close friends, and not just because they were teammates with the Angels last season. They were also teammates in 2004 at Long Beach State. Now they will face off on the big stage, starting Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
The Royals meet the Angels in the American League Division Series beginning Thursday, marking the first postseason matchup between the franchises.
Salvador Perez's two-out single in the 12th lifted the Royals to a 9-8 victory in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium and into the AL Division Series after they rallied from four down to force extras.
The Royals ran their way into the postseason history books in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game against the A's -- setting a playoff record with four stolen bases in one frame and tying another with seven overall in a 9-8 win over the A's in 12 innings.
Eric Hosmer splashed an RBI single to left to put the Royals ahead, 3-2, in the third inning in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game Kauffman Stadium.
After a thrilling victory in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card game, Kansas City heads west to meet the top-seeded Angels in the AL Division Series -- the first playoff meeting between the two. Game 1 is slated for Thursday night at 9:07 p.m. ET. Here's a breakdown of the matchup, position by position.
Alex Gordon is the embodiment of the Royals' toughness. In addition to being an excellent player, he's the spiritual leader of a team that has finally reached postseason status. "I try to go about my business in the most professional way and I think guys notice that," he said.
Ned Yost, in his five seasons as Royals manager, has been vilified for a multitude of presumed sins -- he mishandles pitchers, he bunts too much, he doesn't pinch-hit enough, he looks grumpy for goodness sake! So Yost must feel vindicated now that he's led this team into the promised land.
How do you beat the Angels? Rival players offer an inside look at how to face the AL West champions.