Power showing up at right time for Royals
Though not intentional, long ball is serving AL champs well in postseason
KANSAS CITY -- During the Royals' magical 2014 postseason run, the home run ball played a major role.
There were Mike Moustakas' and Eric Hosmer's late-game homers to pull out wins in Anaheim in the American League Division Series.
Moustakas and Alex Gordon slammed homers to pull out an extra-inning win at Baltimore in the American League Championship Series.
In all, the Royals, a team not known for the long ball, hit 11 homers in 15 games.
This postseason, the Royals again have muscled up, hitting 15 homers in 11 games. In fact, the Royals actually outhomered the mighty Blue Jays in the ALCS, 7-6.
"We're not a team that relies on the home run," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's not something we try to do. We have a lot of other ways we can score runs. And hitting in our ballpark, it doesn't make sense to try and hit homers.
"But you look at our lineup, and we've got guys who certainly are capable. We go on the road and we can match up to other teams' power. Just about everyone in our lineup has power."
That has shown in the postseason: Kendrys Morales and Salvador Perez lead the team with four homers each.
The Royals' franchise record for one postseason is five, set by Moustakas last season. And it was Moustakas and Ben Zobrist who each homered to give the Royals a 2-0 lead in Game 6 of the ALCS.
"We don't go up there trying to hit balls out," Moustakas said. "We try to hit the gaps and use our team speed. But we got guys who have power. We know that."