We are down to two teams going after the Commissioner’s Trophy and win the 2014 World Series. One team was unlikely to make it this far and they were the slightest favorites to make it to the Fall Classic in the Kansas City Royals; the other team is a seasoned veteran roster who could easily be the favorites in the San Francisco Giants. Both teams will square off Tuesday night at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO for Game 1 of an infamous seven-game series. Glass and Brandon will break it down and give you their picks on who will win it all.
Kansas City Royals
This was the most unlikely team to make it this far and they almost didn’t make it in the post season trailing by five runs in the eighth inning of an elimination game against the Oakland Athletics before catching fire and extending the game to twelve innings before winning it 8-9 on a Salvador Perez walk-off single.
They also became the first team in the Wild Card era to sweep the American League team with the best record in the Division Series in the Los Angeles Angels. The Baltimore Orioles have never been swept in their postseason series history until they met up with the Royals in the ALCS. Speaking of sweeping, the same Kansas City Royals won a record-breaking eight straight postseason games, thanks to dominant pitching and stellar defense.
San Francisco Giants
Again, the Giants are one of the most battle-ready, veteran team that was most likely to make it to the World Series. They have only lost two games in their run to the Fall Classic; during that stretch, they won a game against the Washington Nationals that took 18 innings which equals to 6 hours and 23 minutes, the longest in postseason history. It was an evenly matched battle with the St. Louis Cardinals they came down to a Travis Ishikawa’s three-run homer. Ishikawa was the first Giants player to hit a walk-off to send them to the World Series since Bobby Thompson in 1951.
This will be the Giants third trip to the Series in five years and the Royals first trip since 1985.
Brandon’s Pick: I’m gonna go with Kansas City Royals because of their pitching and defense, not to mention that their SCORCHING HOT right now. I do think the Giants will win a couple of games though. Royals will win the series 4-2.
Glass’ Pick: The Giants definitely have experience on their side by winning the WS both in 201 and 2012. I think the Royals will not be intimidated by the fact the going up against a seasoned veteran and they are a young team with a lot of power and speed and will go after it at-all-cost defensively. They have momentum on their side and that is a huge factor to me. I also like to cheer for the underdog and that is what I’m going to do. Royals will win the series in six.
Let’s play ball!