Royals Rumblings - News for October 14, 2015
Joe Posnanski chimes in on the Royals amazing comeback in Game Four.
But what you can say is that the Royals, even when things look particularly bleak, really do seem to believe that it is their destiny to go back to the World Series and, this time, to win it. That belief does not guarantee anything. People will want to talk about momentum again … the Royals just won a game for the ages, they are going back home where the city will be jumping, they have the ace they got for just such an occasion Johnny Cueto ready to go. The Astros are the ones who seem mostly dead now.
But momentum won’t win Game 5 just like it didn’t win Game 4, just like it didn’t win any game in the history of baseball. If Carlos Correa and Colby Rasmus continue their astounding play, if the Astros pound Cueto and stifle Royals bats like they have most of this series, they will win no matter how much momentum dances in the Kansas City air. No, the Royals’ almost cult-like belief in themselves and their fate doesn’t mean they are going to win this series. It just means that when you have them down, you better bury them.
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The Royals just kept their season alive with a stunning comeback in Houston. If they have the storybook ending, the eighth inning of Game 4 against the Astros will live forever. But if not? Washed away by history.
This happens over and over and over again in sports. We have examples here locally, across the country, and throughout history. There is a story about Mike Moustakas you should hear. But since we are here in Kansas City, we will start with that unforgettable Saturday night in 1985. Game 6 of the World Series. The Denkinger Game did not win the series and, actually, even that call did not win the game for the Royals. Not by a long shot. Denkinger blew the call, but the Cardinals still had to blow the game. Jack Clark had to drop the pop-up. Darrell Porter had to give up the passed ball. Todd Worrell had to give up the hits. All of that, and the Cardinals still had to lose Game 7 the next night.
The Astros are ready to move past Game 4 and focus on tonight.
"It’s not like we haven’t been in this situation already this year," Rasmus said. "Playing that Wild Card Game against the Yankees, that’s as gut-wrenching as you can get."
Will Dallas Keuchel come in relief tonight the way Madison Bumgarner did in the World Series?
Astros manager A.J. Hinch addressed the prospect of a Keuchel appearance on two day’s rest — the same as Bumgarner — three times in his 15-minute news conference before the Astros’ workout at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. Three times he deflected the query.
"It’s great to think about what-ifs and possibilities, I’m just not going to go there," Hinch said. "I’m going to have all hands on deck. We know it’s a win or go home. It’s win or go home for them, too."
At Beyond the Boxscore, Kevin Ruprecht writes that the Astros are wise not to start Dallas Keuchel for Game 5 on short rest.
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