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Another day of the Major League Baseball playoffs is in the books. The Minnesota Twins were swept in two games but the Oakland Athletics survived to play again on Thursday in an elimination game. Can the Athletics pull off what the Royals did in 2015? Let’s talk about that.
A’S ARE HOPING TO BE THE 2015 ROYALS
With the Major League Baseball playoffs underway I am drawn to the small-market clubs. I’m always pulling for the Oakland Athletics because I’m a big fan of what Billy Beane has done there as the General Manager. I want him to win a World Series.
And when I look at the early results of the 2020 playoffs I’m wanting all of the small-market clubs to advance past the first round. Why? Because that’s the Royals. Those fans are wanting a championship as much as Royals fans were in 2015.
On Tuesday I took immediate punches to the gut when the Minnesota Twins lost to Houston and Oakland lost to Chicago.
So I got to thinking, how fortunate are Royals fans for back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014-15 and a championship in 2015? Let’s see how a couple of small market American League teams in the playoffs this year have done in the playoffs in the recent past.
The Minnesota Twins make the playoffs on a somewhat regular basis. But this year they lost to the Astros again on Wednesday so they are already eliminated. They went 0-2 this year. And when you look at their recent history, you will see that they have lost 18 straight postseason games. 18! The last time the Twins won a postseason game was 2004!
The Oakland A’s seem to be in the playoffs more years than not. Billy Beane takes a lot of shots for building a team that can make the playoffs but isn’t built to win in the playoffs. After losing on Tuesday, Oakland did bounce back to beat Chicago on Wednesday so there is still hope they will advance on Thursday. But what have the Athletics done recently? They have lost in the wild card round in their previous three trips to the playoffs (2019, 2018 and 2014). Their three trips before that? All series losses and all of them were to Detroit. So entering today they have not advanced a round in the playoffs since winning the American League Division Series in 2006 against another small market team, Minnesota. The last time the Athletics beat a non-small market club in the playoffs was 1990 when they swept the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. So, since 1990, the Athletics are 1-11 in playoff series or wild card games.
No, this isn’t an exhaustive study, it’s a quick look at how the Royals, a team that has made the playoffs just twice since 1985 has made the most of their opportunities. Minnesota and Oakland make the playoffs pretty often and have done almost nothing of significance over 20+ years.
So, making the playoffs on a regular basis, if Dayton Moore is able to get the franchise in that position, doesn’t necessarily mean another World Series appearance is coming. Most Royals fans would be ok with that. They want to watch meaningful games, even if it means a lot of heartbreak. But yes, every 30 years or so, a championship would be nice.
CHIEFS NEWS AND NOTES
- Chris Jones and Alex Okafor were limited in practice on Wednesday.
- L’Jarius Sneed broke his collarbone in the Chiefs’ win at Baltimore.
- Andrew Wylie is expected to be ok after missing the Baltimore game with a stomach illness that sent him to the hospital.
LOCAL NEWS AND NOTES
- The Sporting game that was canceled on Sunday was rescheduled for October 28. The game will be shown on FSKC.
- The Cayman Island Classic college basketball tournament that was supposed to take place November 23-25 in Florida was canceled. Kansas State was schedule to play in the tournament.
NATIONAL NEWS AND NOTES
- Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans was postponed due to positive COVID tests in the Tennessee organization. The game could be rescheduled for Monday at 5pm or Tuesday at 6pm or 7pm depending on additional testing. The game will be televised nationally on CBS.
- The Minnesota Twins lost to the Houston Astro’s Wednesday to be eliminated from the playoffs. That was the 18th consecutive postseason loss for the Twins.
- Major League Baseball is gong to sell 11,500 tickets to the NLCS and World Series games to be played in a bubble in Arlington, Texas.
- Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz is used to using just one quarterback but a new team and the year of COVID has him going a different direction this season. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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