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.
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 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.