The Royals have a chance to do something that may never have been done in major-league history: get a walk-off win on an opposing team’s field.
Because the Royals-Indians game on Aug. 31 at Kauffman Stadium was stopped because of rain with Cleveland leading 4-2 in the 10th inning, the game will be competed Monday at Progressive Field. While there are instances of a visiting team batting last because of a makeup or completed game (last year, the Giants were the visitors when they beat the Reds 5-3 at AT&T Park), it’s difficult to know if a road team ever gotten a walk-off win.
Stats Inc., couldn’t research that phenomenon, telling The Star, “For a suspended game like the Royals-Indians’ upcoming contest, our data will only have a record of the game being played in Kansas City with no record of the game actually finishing in Cleveland. So for past suspended games, the same issue will arise and any potential walk-off wins on an opponents’ field will go unnoticed.”
While most Royals fans have written off the game, there is a chance the Royals could be pesky guests and kick off the final week of the season in fine style.
Cleveland is on the fringes of the playoff race, sitting 4 1/2 games behind the Royals heading into Saturday. The Indians didn’t help their cause Friday by blowing a late lead against the Twins and losing in 10 innings.
Afterward, manager Terry Francona said the team wouldn’t give up.
“I don’t think anybody is quitting,” Francona told reporters. “We have to show up and play every game like it’s our last and we do. Nobody’s going to quit.”
So, that’s the attitude the Indians will take into the series with the Royals. The good news for Kansas City is it will avoid Cleveland ace Corey Kluber.
The bad news? The rest of Cleveland’s rotation is solid and that could mean trouble for the offensively challenged Royals.
Monday’s scheduled starter is Carlos Carrasco, who is 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA in his last eight starts
Danny Salazar, who will start Tuesday, has a 3.06 ERA in the second half of the season.
Wednesday’s starter is Trevor Bauer, who has a 3.43 ERA at Progressive Field.
“Everything is magnified right now,” Bauer told reporters Friday. “All these losses, they sting.”
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Compiled with the help of baseball writers across the country