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Storylines: Royals win AL Wildcard game thriller

Storylines: Royals win AL Wildcard game thriller
Royals players celebrate a come from behind walkoff win in the 12th inning. (Photo: AP)
October 1, 2014
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  • The magic finally came back to Kansas City after a 29-year hiatus from the playoffs. They defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-8 on Tuesday in what will go down as one of the top postseason games in MLB history. The game came down to both bullpens with the Royals pen edging the A’s.Brandon Finnegan kept the Royals in the game for 2.1 innings only surrendering one hit and striking out three. Numerous mistakes in the 12th inning led to the A’s downfall as the Royals won the game on a single down the left-field line by Salvador Perez. The Royals will go on to face the Los Angeles Angels on Friday in what should be a battle between two young pitching staffs and explosive offenses.
  • Brandon Moss set an A’s postseason record by hitting two home runs and getting five RBI’S in Tuesday night's game. Nelson Cruz was the last player to do this as he accomplished it with the Texas Rangers in 2011 against the Detroit Tigers.

Other News and Notes

  • According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Miami Marlins plan to sign Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal.
  • Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the New York Yankees are working to extend the contract of GM Brian Cashman. Since being hired in 1998, this is his first time the Yankees have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
  • Infielder Emilio Bonifacio will switch agents as his upcoming free agency approaches.
  • Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Theo Epstein believes that the Chicago Cubs will be ready to compete next season. This could mean that the Cubs will be active in free agency in the upcoming offseason.
  • According to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN, the Seattle Mariners will be active in free agency looking to add rotation depth and offense.

User Comments

C L Who
October 1, 2014 - 3:56 PM EDT
Hawk,

Under "standard batting" there is a heading for "splits". Click on it and you are there.
Jamyson
October 1, 2014 - 3:53 PM EDT
One of the best wildcard games i've ever seen easily. People that down the "play-in" game don't know what they're missing.
Seth
October 1, 2014 - 3:24 PM EDT
Splits on b-ref, fangraphs, or even ESPN shows RISP numbers. The Indians hit better with RISP than other situations this year. They had a .706 OPS overall, .736 with RISP
Hawk1228
October 1, 2014 - 1:31 PM EDT
CL

I have looked all over that page and cant find it on Baseball reference Thats why I asked
C L Who
October 1, 2014 - 12:08 PM EDT
Great game! KC was obviously playing inspired baseball and even after they were down by 4 I didn't count them out. Frankly, KC's rotation is deeper than the Angels' rotation and KC might well end the Angels season with play reminiscent of the 2002 Angels small ball approach.

Hawk.....all the RISP stats you want are on www.baseball-reference.com. Huge list of splits.....
shy
October 1, 2014 - 11:23 AM EDT
Even after Yost committed the worst pitching change blunder I can remember and the A's went up big they looked to me like they would cough up the lead and the game- they still had that loser vibe and look in their eyes that they wore throughout the second half. The A's are no match at this point for the Angels, the Tigers, the Orioles, whoever else that has advanced. Good for baseball the Royals prevailed; we'll get to see more good baseball now. I think Melvin has been exposed- he doesn't handle adversity well- once the A's went off the track, which every team does to some degree at some point each year- he was never able to get them back on- things just went from bad to worse. Yost has also been exposed. What a freakin' bonehead. Despite him, the Royals are lookin' good.
Tony
October 1, 2014 - 9:17 AM EDT
Yeah, Yost was lucky his team rallied as his blunder in the 6th might be an all-time worst pitching change decision. Still can't believe he did that.

We just saw the value of defense and speed in that game. The A's couldn't field the ball (namely Lowrie) and they couldn't throw out any runners (too bad Soto got hurt). And the Royals put on a clinic of how speed can have a huge impact on a game. Watching guys like Dyson steal bases and impact makes me wonder "what if" with Bourn. That's the kind of havoc the Indians thought they were getting when they signed him....but have come nowhere close to getting.
Rocky55
October 1, 2014 - 9:11 AM EDT
Really fun game to watch. Yost is soooo lucky. Survived pulling Shields, didn't get that one. Nice to see the Central do it, except for the lousy effing tigers, of course. Don't really have a rooting interest except for the team playing the lousy effing tigers.
Hawk1228
October 1, 2014 - 9:08 AM EDT
KC put the ball in play when runners were in scoring position. Something we could not do all season. Does anyone know where I can find the batting averages for our players with RISP?
Walter
October 1, 2014 - 9:03 AM EDT
Watching the game last night it looked like the A's used a version of the Indians defense. They were a little shaky. There SS in Lowrie under performed last night.

The decisions that Yost and Melvin made last night , I'm glad we do have Francona.
GSon
October 1, 2014 - 8:51 AM EDT
Helluva game...

Ned Yost went from being Ned "Toast" for his decision to use Yordano Ventura to the Toast of BBQ City.. Nice to see the first AL West team get sent packing..

btw... the Royals have a soon to be FA RH DH/slugger who would look mighty fine with Chief Wahoo on his sleeve.. maybe not..
Tony
October 1, 2014 - 8:04 AM EDT
Unbelievable game. An instant classic. I'm jealous of the Royals as they did what the Indians could not do last year.....fight and scrape for a win in the AL Wildcard game.

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