The Orioles and Royals are set to face each other in the ALCS

The Royals will have to bring their stellar pitching to Baltimore to face the Orioles and their hot bats. (l) Greg Holland, closer Royals. (r) Nelson Cruz, outfielder, Orioles.

The Royals will have to bring their stellar pitching to Baltimore to face the Orioles and their hot bats. (l) Greg Holland, closer Royals. (r) Nelson Cruz, outfielder, Orioles.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Both American League division series ended Sunday, October 5, with both teams completing a 3-game sweep. In the evening, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers with a final score of 2 – 1 to be the first team to advance to the next round. In the nightcap, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Los Angeles Angels 8 – 3, to advance to the American League Championship Series.

Adam Jones (l) and Nelson Cruz (r) must stay hot if they are to help lead their team to the World Series.

Adam Jones (l) and Nelson Cruz (r) must stay hot if they are to help lead their team to the World Series.

The ALCS should be an excellent matchup of contrasting styles. The Orioles are one of the best scoring teams in MLB this season. They displayed their scoring prowess in the ALDS by scoring 21 total runs in the 3-game series against the Tigers. The Royals, on the other hand, have leaned heavily on their pitching. They were able to hold the high-powered Angels offense to 6 combined runs in the 3-game ALDS series.

The Royals must continue their excellent pitching and defense to have a chance to slow down the high-powered Orioles. (l - r) Alcides Escobar - Shortstop, Lorenzo Cain - Center fielder, Mike Moustakas - Third Baseman.

The Royals must continue their excellent pitching and defense to have a chance to slow down the high-powered Orioles. (l – r) Alcides Escobar – Shortstop, Lorenzo Cain – Center fielder, Mike Moustakas – Third Baseman.

The ALCS will begin on Friday, October 10 with the Orioles playing host to the Royals to begin the 7-game series. It will be interesting to see if the Royals can continue to show resiliency and clutch hitting or if the Orioles can keep their offense flowing. Either way, don’t expect a sweep in this series to determine who will head to the World Series.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.

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