NEW YORK -- The Royals have been here before in a postseason series: Up two games to none, then lose Game 3 in a blowout.
The same scenario that transpired Friday night at Citi Field -- where the Mets crawled back into the World Series by hammering the Royals, 9-3 -- happened in the preceding American League Championship Series. In that series, the Royals won the first two games at home, then went to Toronto and got beat, 11-8, in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate.
"We've all got a lot of confidence in our group," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We've got Chris Young going tomorrow, and we feel good about that. He's, again, the ultimate competitor. Nothing is going to mess with him, not the weather, nothing. He's going to go out and execute pitches and keep us in the ballgame until we get to our 'pen.
"And our 'pen is in great shape. ... We're swinging the bats good. So we're all really confident."
Actually the Royals are in the same spot they were during the 2014 World Series -- up 2-1 going into Game 4. And against the Giants, the Royals had a 4-1 lead in Game 4 but coughed it up and lost a chance at getting that third win on the road.