The Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals are two teams that won their last World Series titles in the 1980s and haven’t been back since. And both are fresh off 3-0 ALDS wins. The Royals swept the team with the best record in baseball. The Orioles trounced three Cy Young-winning starting pitchers. But there are even more similarities between the two franchises. And a few stark differences. Via the New York Times:
+ Since 2000, the Royals are the only American League team to have suffered more losses than the Orioles.
+ Two 1966 O’s World Series pitchers, Wally Bunker and Moe Drabowsky, were drafted to the Royals when the team was created in 1969. The two combined to give the Royals their first win ever.
+ Both teams happen to have brand new dads on the roster. Orioles closer Zach Britton and Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain became fathers on Oct. 7. (In both cases, their team’s sweep of the ALDS made it easy for the player to witness the birth. Both flew into Baltimore yesterday.
+ The Orioles hit the most home runs in baseball this season. The Royals hit the fewest.
+ No team stole more bases than the Royals this year. No team stole fewer than the Orioles.
+ Orioles manager Buck Showalter is known for his unpredictable use of relief pitchers. Royals manager Ned Yost “tends to manage more traditionally.”
The most poetic thing about their franchise histories? Between 1973 and 1985, 10 out of 13 ALCS matchups featured either the Orioles or the Royals, and yet the two teams never faced each other there.
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