Unlikely Sweep Versus MLB’s Best Record – ALDS vs Los Angeles Angels
The Halos boasted MLB’s best record, but even though LA went into the playoffs banged up and undermanned, the Angels were still favored against the Royals, who wouldn’t be able to use James Shields until potentially Game Three of the ALDS.
Naturally, the Royals ignored the notice that their season was over, and swept the Angels handily, though it certainly wasn’t without drama. Games One and Two actually went into extra innings, the first time in MLB history that a team has won three straight postseason games in extra innings (including the AL Wild Card game).
Third baseman Mike Moustakas played the hero in Game One with an 11th-inning home run to win in LA, 3-2. In Game Two, the Royals scored three runs in the 11th inning, including a two-run home run from Hosmer, to win on the road again, 4-1.
Game Three was the only game where the Angels never really had a chance. James Shields allowed two runs in six innings, and the Royals offense romped en route to an 8-3 Game Three win in Kauffman Stadium, and an ALDS sweep of the LA Angels.