We’ve reached the part of the year where my friends and co-workers start asking me how the Royals will do in the postseason. I tell them that my years of experience and access to inside information allow me to say with complete confidence that I really have no idea.
The Royals clinched the Central Division championship Thursday night and partied; the Royals sent out a lineup Friday night that appeared to be pulled out of a hat or made up of the players that were the least hung over.
Wednesday night Mike Jirschele waved Paulo Orlando home, Paulo scored and the Royals beat the Mariners in extra innings. I’m not much for predicting: but if the Royals go on a good run now, don’t forget Mike Jirschele’s gamble and how it paid off. Mike Jirchele’s decision to send Paul Orlando home might be a turning point.
The Royals’ big lead in the division race has allowed them the luxury of taking their foot off the gas pedal to a certain degree, but the race for home-field advantage is much tighter — and home-field advantage could be the difference between advancing in the playoffs and going home early.
So now we know; if you want to win a ballgame, just have your DH hit three home runs, a triple and set a team record for total bases. Against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, Kendrys Morales had a pretty decent week: four hits—three home runs and a triple—a walk, five runs scored, three driven in and a team record of 15 total bases.
If you’ve been reading this column for any length of time you know I don’t have much patience for people who wait until a play is over, then second-guess the decision making of the players and coaches involved. But first-guessing is an entirely different thing.
When a game goes 12 innings with a lot of twists and turns there’s a whole bunch of stuff to write about, so relax; it’s Saturday morning and you can use the length of this column as an excuse for failing to get out there and mow the lawn or do the laundry.