Hardcore baseball fans might be sensing a hint of déjà vu in this year’s MLB World Series, and for good reason.
The outcomes of the games so far between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals are a direct mirror image of what happened to the teams in 1985. It was actually pointed out by commenter Matt Gross in the Bluebird Banter blog earlier this week:
Pretty freaky, right? Now, since anyone can just make up stuff and slap it online, we set out to verify if it was true. Turns out it is.
In 1985, Game 1 ended with a score of 6-1 in favour of Toronto, giving us a solid win at the Exhibition Stadium by five runs. Fast-forward to 2015, Kansas City took the game with a final score of 5-0 in the city’s Kauffman Stadium. Check and check!
In Game 2, the Blue Jays were down by three points until the fourth inning on home field. They would go on to score six runs, barely winning the game with a final score of 6-5. In 2015, the Royals were down in their home field by three runs until the seventh inning, when they would go on to gain six runs in rapid fashion, winning the game.
Game 3: Gross attributes these wins to the teams’ “bats waking up.” While the 1985 game ended with a final score of six in favour of Kansas City—not exactly high—there was a significant increase in hits (it was also their first win against Toronto, as indicated). The Jays’ batters hit the ball 13 times, while Kansas returned with 10. In 2015, pretty much just flip the scores. Kansas landed 15 hits, while Toronto only landed 11. However, Toronto came out on top this time, earning its first win against Kansas.
Game 4: In 1985, with only one loss under their belt, the Jays were able to earn victory in Kansas, nearly pushing the team out of the competition. Just two days ago, Kansas returned the favour, crushing the Jays 14-2 in Toronto and nearly eliminating the team.
As for Game 5 in 1985, Danny Jackson, Kansas City’s No. 3 pitcher, was given big credit for the team’s win, pushing the series back to Toronto. If you actually Google “Jays Royals Game 5” we guarantee you will see the name “Marco Estrada,” the Jays’ No. 3 pitcher, who was heavily credited for a win that sends the series back to Kansas.
The good news is, as Gross points out, if this trend continues, the Jays will go on to crush Kansas two more times in their own city.
Freaky or not, we like those odds.