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Royals look to sweep Orioles and advance to World Series

All you Royals fans must be really excited right now.

Jamie Squire

2014 ALCS Game 4

Baltimore Orioles @ Kansas City Royals

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 4:07 ET, Kauffman Stadium



The Royals look to sweep their way into the World Series, while the Orioles look to start a four-game winning streak. Baltimore faced lefties (such as today's KC starterJason Vargas)  fewer times than any other AL team this season, but hit well against them when given the chance.

Either team could have returned to its Game 1 starter on full rest, due to Monday's postponement. I understand Kansas City's decision to stick with their previous plans, because they're up 3-0. I wouldn't have been surprised if Baltimore had gone back to Chris Tillman, but given that he didn't do so well in Game 1, I'm not surprised that they're sticking with Miguel Gonzalez either. I would expect a very quick hook for him, if he struggles at all.


Today's Lineups

Nick Markakis - RF Alcides Escobar - SS
Steve Pearce - 1B Norichika Aoki - RF
Adam Jones - CF Lorenzo Cain - CF
Nelson Cruz - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Delmon Young - DH Billy Butler - DH
J.J. Hardy - SS Alex Gordon - LF
Caleb Joseph - C Salvador Perez - C
Ryan Flaherty - 3B Omar Infante - 2B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Mike Moustakas - 3B
Miguel Gonzalez - RHP Jason Vargas - LHP