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May 4, 2012

April 18, 1984 - AL Championship Preview?

Game #143 - Kansas City Royals, 4 @ Detroit Tigers, 2

The real 1984 AL playoffs featured the Tigers against the Royals, so it was fun to have an early season teaser of one possible outcome to these Statis Pro shenanigans. 

1984 was Paul Splittorff's last season, and he didn't make it very far before being released by the team due to ineffectiveness.  That wasn't the case in this game!  He navigated the dangerous Detroit lineup for six innings, spreading five hits and two walk but only giving up one run.

On offense the KC roughed up Jack Morris for his first loss on the season.  George Brett hit a solo homer in the first.  Willie Wilson and Jorge Orta added RBI singles in the third, and Pat Sheridan even got into the action in the fifth, plating Wilson for one last run.

Winning Pitcher - Paul Splittorff
Losing Pitcher - Jack Morris
Save - Dan Quisenberry
Player of the Game - Splittorff
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett

***On a completely unrelated note, prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Adam Yauch, or as he's better known, MCA of the Beastie Boys.  He's one of the finest MC's to ever hold a mic.  Rest in Peace.

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