Jarrod Dyson is known for having fast legs, but its his fast mouth that may have him in trouble with his manager. Dyson had some bold comments to reporters following the big Game Two victory in the ALCS.
After the Royals beat Baltimore 6-4 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven ALCS, Dyson was asked by Kansas City Star writer Andy McCullough if he expects the series to return to Camden Yards for a sixth game. "No, sir, I don't," Dyson said, "and I don't think [the Orioles] think that, either."
"I'll just tell you this, man: If we win Game 3, it's going to be hard for them to sit there and look themselves in the mirror and say, 'We can win the next four,'" Dyson said. "That's tough to do, man. Everything must click. I'm just being honest.
"If we take Game 3, I guarantee there are going to be multiple people in that clubhouse over there saying, 'Man, there's no way we're going to beat these guys four games in a row.' It can be done, but everybody ain't gonna be on the same page, I don't think. There are going to be some people ready to go home. There are going to be some people not cheering in the dugout -- just like if it was vice versa on this side, it might be the same way."
While these comments speak to a high level of confidence with this Royals team, there is a worry that perhaps this team is being overconfident.
The odds are long that the Orioles will come back, sure. Only 3 out of 25 teams in the ALCS have come back from a 2-0 series deficit to win, one of which was the 1985 Royals against the Blue Jays. Only one team has come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win, the 2004 Boston Red Sox. However none of these teams dropped the first two games at home, like Baltimore did.
On the other hand, the Royals were a much less imposing team at home than they were on the road. While they were a league-best 47-34 on the road, they were just 42-39 in the cozy confines of Kauffman Stadium (its the fans' fault!). Baltimore was a pretty decent road team, going 46-35. And if anyone thinks their power was a product of Camden Yards, realize that 104 of their 211 home runs came on the road.
The Royals will be starting Jeremy Guthrie for Game Three (whenever that is played - it ain't lookin' good for tonight), and although he was pretty good down the stretch for the Royals, he has been a very shaky performer throughout the year. Jason Vargas is also susceptible to the long ball, and had some shaky performance in September. It is not a stretch to think the Royals could drop those two games. And consider that while they were playing loose and free as the underdog up to now, the pressure is totally on them now not to blow a 2-0 series lead.
How will this team respond? Do Dyson's comments reflect a calm, reassuring confidence? Or is this team veering into cocky overconfidence that could doom them?