The best-of-five series against the Astros begins tonight at 6:30 CT at Kauffman Stadium (Fox Sports 1).
"Gore and [Jarrod] Dyson are top-notch basestealers," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Paulo [Orlando] is one of the fastest guys in the league, and it just gives us that speed element."
The other main factor is that Yost isn't a big fan of pinch-hitting. And Yost isn't about to pinch-hit for his lefties such as Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas or Eric Hosmer, thus making Gomes' presence unnecessary.
"We don't have a team that we pinch-hit for," Yost said. "All of our lefties hit well against lefties. So we don't really have a spot that we can identify as a pinch-hitting situation late in the game.
"I mean, all of our guys have been really productive. We think our lineup's really deep, and it's more about running than it is pinch-hitting."
As expected, Kansas City chose to keep 11 pitchers and 14 position players.