Both teams beat their opponents by winning the first 3 games in a best-of-5 series.
The Orioles are just an all-around great ball club regardless of the fact that they had home field advantage against the Detroit Tigers. Even though the Tigers have star pitchers like Cy Young’s Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and newly acquired David Price, the Orioles stayed persistent like they have all year, and beat them three games in a row.
The Royals are really the team to keep an eye on–if anyone’s playing hot, it’s them. After coming back three different times to beat the Oakland A’s in a one-game wild card, it’s clear that the Royals are deadly. Taking the momentum from making the playoffs for the first time since 1985, they have yet to show any signs of slowing. The Royals also beat the Los Angeles Angels three games in a row, two of them being in Anaheim, even though the Angels had the best overall record in baseball this year.
So now we have two hungry clubs that have not been to a World Series since 1983 (Orioles) and 1985 (Royals). These are two young teams with fans that are fired up, and two teams that have not been to an ALCS in about 30 years–all of which will make for an exciting best-of-seven.
The Royals travel to Baltimore for game 1 Friday October 10.