Kansas City Royals Johnny Cueto vs Houston Astros Colin McHugh – 8:07 est

The other highly coveted pitcher in this years trade deadline was Johnny Cueto. He hasn’t been anything to write home about either. However, that could all change tonight at Home to truly trade in your Reds lineage and turn it over to Royal Blue. Their’s no question as why Cueto was so highly coveted. His stuff speaks for itself but it’s more of his mental state that can get in the way.

Thank God, the most important thing is I feel good. I feel healthy. And that gives me an opportunity to have success

I’m doubling-down and saying that Cueto actually doubles his 5 strikeout total that he had in Game 2 and showcases a top-notch performance in gathering his first standing ovation from Kauffman stadium.

The Astros have been fun to watch.

But to spoil a 6-2 lead in the 8th inning in front of the Orange Sea in your home crowd to clinch the ALDS is unforgettable. I’m also beginning to see why Carlos Correa was chosen as the number 1 overall pick in 2013. His two HR’s in a 4-4 day in Game 4 was Jeter-esque for the impact as a rookie SS.

However, I think the Astros pressure on this elimination game has that much more on the line than it was in the Wild Card game against the Yankees.

The Royals have a much more balanced lineup and a hunger to get back to the World Series, and the fact of the matter is Dallas Keuchel won’t be putting his team on his back tonight.

Lorenzo Cain I expect will be tonight’s X-Factor.

Score: KAN 5 – HOU 1