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Who Should Rays Fans Root For? Astros/Royals Edition

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Scotty K. or Wade Davis & Zorilla

Zorilla chillaxing
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A couple of nights ago, the Astros did what everyone in baseball beside Yankees fans were hoping for as they defeated New York in the Bronx, shutting them out in the process.

In fact, the game was well over before the last out, at least Yankee fans thought so. An exodus of fans left the game following the seventh inning. Everything broke right for Houston, but tonight, they'll be engaging a team where seemingly nothing goes wrong from them, as they'll head to Kansas City and take on the Royals.

On July 28th, the Royals were already situated atop the American League Central, then they acquired longtime Ray, Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto. With Zobrist joining the top of their line-up, it became one of the top five in the game, meanwhile Cueto was supposed to give them an ace, but he has floundered since arriving.

This will be the Royals second year in a row playing in the postseason, having come so close to winning last year, and it might be a different story if Alex Gordon had went for it instead of settling in at third base. To be fair, it's what his coach told him to do, but it is one of the more memorable world series moments in recent history.

Alas, he didn't go for it and was stranded at third as the San Francisco Giants took their third world title in five years.

In Houston, they made a couple of deadline deals of their own as they acquired another longtime Ray in Scott Kazmir and Carlos Gomez, if only to take pity on Wilmer Florez. However, Houston actually struggled after making the deals as thy went 30-31 following the 28th and just narrowly avoided missing the playoffs as they finished just a game ahead of the Angels for the second wild card spot.

With their decisive victory over New York, Houston won their first playoff game since the 2005 National League Championship Series, where they took four out of six against St Louis, only to be swept by the White Sox in the world series. Since then, Houston has been toiling in the basement in both of the western divisions having been switched to the AL in 2013.

How they matchup:

POS.
ASTROS
STATS
ROYALS
STATS
C
Jason Castro
.211/.281/.365 with 11 HR
Salvadore Perez
.260/.280/.426 with 21 HR
1B
Chris Carter
.199/.307/.427 with 24 HR
Eric Hosmer
.297/.363/.459 with 18 HR
2B
Jose Altuve
.313/.353/.459 with 15 HR
Ben Zobrist
.276/.359/.450 with 13 HR
SS
Carlos Correa
.279/.345/.512 with 22 HR
Alcides Escobar
.257/.293/.320 with 3 HR
3B
Luis Valbuena
.224/.310/.438 with 25 HR
Mike Moustakas
.284/.348/.470 with 22 HR
LF
Colby Rasmus
.238/.314/.475 with 25 HR
Alex Gordon
.271/.377/.432 with 13 HR
CF
Carlos Gomez
.255/.314/.409 with 12 HR
Lorenzo Cain
.307/.361/.477 with 16 HR
RF
George Springer
.276/.367/.459 with 16 HR
Alex Rios
.255/.287/.353 with 4 HR
DH
Evan Gattis
.246/.285/.463 with 27 HR
Kendrys Morales
.290/.362/.485 with 22 HR

The Astros have more power, but the Royals are much better at getting on base.

The front three for Houston:


Pitcher
W
L
ERA
FIP
K%
BB%
GS
IP
Game 1
Collin McHugh
20
8
3.89
3.58
19.9%
6.2%
32
203.2
Game 2
Scott Kazmir
7
11
3.10
3.98
20.3%
7.7%
31
183
Game 3
Dallas Keuchel
19
7
2.48
2.91
23.7%
5.6%
33
232

The front three for Kansas City


Pitcher
W
L
ERA
FIP
K%
BB%
GS
IP
Game 1
Yordano Ventura
13
8
4.08
3.57
22.5%
8.4%
28
163.1
Game 2
Johnny Cueto
11 13 3.44
3.53
20.3%
5.3%
32
212
Game 3
Edinson Volquez
13
9
3.55
3.82
18.2%
8.5%
33
200.1

Personally, I'd love for Kansas City to make it back to the world series, not because of the team, but just for Ben Zobrist who deserves a chance at getting a ring. The same could also be said for the Astros as well, due to Scott Kazmir existing on their roster, but looking at the players above, it looks to me that the Royals have the advantage over a five game series, and two Rays players to one. I see you Wade Davis!

The Astros and Royals play at 7:37 EST of Fox Sports 1.