2015 ALCS: Greatest Matchup?

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals

The 2015 MLB Postseason has been very entertaining so far.

With the ALCS and NLCS beginning, one can only imagine how intense things are going to get.

The ALCS matchup between the Blue Jays and Royals has everyone excited – especially after the interesting games that happened between these teams in the regular season.

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Back at the beginning of August, when Edinson Volquez called Josh Donaldson “a little baby,” and the all-star third baseman described the right-hander as “some pretty good hitting,” the benches cleared, and a rivalry was born. This was the playoff matchup everybody wanted.

Those four games around the non-waiver trade deadline, when both clubs built up for the runs they’re currently on, were so compelling, so hard-fought, so dramatic that the sequel between them in best-of-seven American League Championship Series is only fitting.

Volquez turned up the tension between the teams Aug. 2 by hitting Donaldson with a pitch the Blue Jays believed was intentional in the first inning, prompting home plate umpire Jim Wolf to warn both benches. The right-hander proceeded to go up and in a couple more times in subsequent at-bats, and Donaldson complained to Wolf.

In the seventh, Troy Tulowitzki was struck by reliever Ryan Madson, who wasn’t ejected, and then in the eighth, Aaron Sanchez hit Alcides Escobar in the knee with a sinker, leading Wolf to throw him out. The benches cleared. Cooler heads prevailed, sort of. So did the Blue Jays, winning 5-2 to take three of four in the series.

“He’s a little baby, he was crying like a baby,” Volquez said after the game, adding later: “He got mad at everybody like he’s Barry Bonds. He’s not Barry Bonds. He’s got three years in the league. We’ve been around longer than he has.”

Donaldson later said he didn’t want Volquez to get bounced since he’d rather have him on the mound to tee off against.

The trash talk didn’t stop there.

Royals starter Yordano Ventura ripped Jose Bautista in a series of Spanish tweets that he later deleted, criticizing the all-star right-fielder for showboating and running his mouth while describing him as a nobody.

Any lingering bad blood is likely to take a backseat in the ALCS, when stakes are high and personal agendas too costly, but it still adds a compelling undercurrent to the series.

But now a trip to the World Series is on the line, and two power-houses are good to go after surviving scares in the first round, the Royals trailing 6-2 in the eighth inning of Game 4 before rallying past the Houston Astros, the Blue Jays coming back from a 2-0 series deficit against the Rangers.

Source: Sportsnet

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