New York, NY (PRWEB) October 07, 2014
Ticket Down is a reputable source for authentic Royals vs. Orioles ALCS tickets. In what could be one of the most improbable of American League Championship Series’ heading into the 2014 Major League Baseball season, it won’t be the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, or Los Angeles Angels competing for the pennant. Instead, it will be the surprise AL East Division champion Baltimore Orioles taking on the AL Wild Card winning Kansas City Royals. The series isn’t filled with names like Derek Jeter, Miguel Cabrera, or Mike Trout, but it is filled with 50 talented baseball players that work well as a team and are led by an incredible group of coaches.
The Royals finished the regular season with an 89-73 record and finished behind the Tigers in the AL Central by just a single game. The Royals were a team that could hit the ball (.263, fourth best in the league), but were just 14th in the league in runs scored (651). The team relied on timely hitting and quality performances on the mound from their group of mostly unknown pitchers. They had 95 quality starts, which was good for eighth in the league and overall, had a 3.51 ERA, which was 12th best. During the regular season, the team relied on players like Alex Gordon (.266, 19 home runs, 74 RBIs), Alcides Escobar (.285, 50 RBIs, 31 stolen bases), and Salvador Perez (.260, 17 home runs, 70 RBIs).
The pitching staff in Kansas City wasn’t one that blew the opposition away with high strikeouts. They also weren’t a staff that featured any Cy Young winners like other staffs in the 2014 MLB Postseason, but it has featured reliable arms that pitched late into games. Yordano Ventura led the team in ERA at 3.20, but James Shield wasn’t too far behind him at 3.21. Overall, it was Shields that was the best in the staff, going 14-8, while Ventura was 14-10, Jason Vargas was 11-10, and Jeremy Guthrie was 13-11.
Baltimore was the most consistent team in the AL throughout the entire 2014 season. They were led by Nelson Cruz, who led all of baseball with 40 home runs and also added 108 RBIs, Adam Jones, who led the team in batting at .281, and Nick Markakis, who hit .276 with 14 home runs. The team easily won the AL East by 12 games ahead of the Yankees, finishing with a 96-66 record.
The Orioles pitching staff was led throughout the season by guys like Chris Tillman, Bud Norris, and Wei-Yin Chen. Not necessarily household names, these three combined to go 44-20. They all had ERAs lower than 3.70 and will be relied upon more than ever before when they lead the Orioles into battle with the Royals.
The Royals advanced to the ALCS after beating the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in the Wild Card game and then swept the Angels in three games. The Orioles have the second best record in the AL and advanced to the ALCS after sweeping the Tigers.
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