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APRIL 30, 2015: TIGERS AT ROYALS
For the second year in a row, the Detroit Tigers won the AL Central by just one game. Though they clinched each year in the final week of the season, there wasn’t much drama that they would, eventually, clinch for one reason: dominance over the second-place team.
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In 2013, Detroit tormented Cleveland to a shocking 15-4 record. They were almost as dominant over the rising 2014 Royals, winning 13 of 19 games played. Even worse for KC is that Detroit just steamrolled at Kauffman Stadium. While the Tigers held a slim 5-4 edge over the Royals at Comerica Park, they won 8 of the 10 games played in Kansas City.
Unlike the Indians in 2013, the Royals did not bungle their Wild-Card Game appearance and got incredibly hot until falling in Game 7 of the World Series to the San Francisco Giants.
Kansas City won’t take anyone by surprise in 2015, but they may not be as good as they were a year ago.
Nonetheless they will understand and remember what happened against Detroit last year and will be ready to re-establish home field advantage against their rivals. They could have an advantage as the Tigers will enter this series in Kansas City after playing 10 game straight against tough opponents in the White Sox, Yankees and Indians.