I’ve been correct on my last 2 postseason picks. You can see my previous picks here. Tonight is game 1 of the World Series between the National League Champions San Francisco Giants and the American League Champions Kansas City Royals.
2014 World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals
Baseball’s fall classic is here as the San Francisco Giants play at the Kansas City Royals in game 1 of the 2014 World Series. The Giants got here via wins versus the Pirates, Nationals, and Cardinals. In the wild card game they won in Pittsburgh 8-0. In the divisional round they defeated Washington 3 games to 1. In the NLCS they defeated St. Louis 4 games to 1. At the plate in the postseason 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval is hitting .326 with 6 runs scored and 1 run batted in. He has also doubled 4 times and walked 4 times. 1st baseman Brandon Belt is hitting .286 with 1 home run, 6 runs batted in, and 5 runs scored. He also has walked 8 times. 1st baseman Travis Ishikawa is batting .269 with 1 home run, 7 runs batted in, and 2 runs scored. He also has doubled twice and has walked 3 times. Catcher Buster Posey is batting .302 with 5 runs batted in and 4 runs scored. He also has walked 3 times. On the mound in the postseason starter Madison Bumgarner has a 2-1 recoed with a 1.42 era and 28 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched. Reliever Yusmeiro Petit has a 2-0 record with a 0.00 era and 11 strikeouts in 9 innings pitched. Closer Santiago Casilla has notched 4 saves in 7 appearances this postseason. He has a 0.00 era with 5 strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched. This is San Francisco’s 3rd World Series appearance in the last 5 years. They were victorious in the 2010 and 2012 World Series. The Royals got here via wins versus the A’s, the Angels, and the Orioles. In the wild card game they won at home versus Oakland 9-8. in the divisional round they defeated Anaheim 3 games to 0. in the ALCS they defeated Baltimore 4 games to 0. 4 of their 8 postseason games have been decided by 1 run. At the plate in the postseason 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas is hitting .241 with 4 home runs and 5 runs batted in. He also has 6 runs scored. Center-fielder Lorenzo Cain is hitting .353 with 4 runs batted in and 9 runs scored. He has also doubled 3 times and walked twice. 1st baseman Eric Hosmer is batting an amazing .448 with 2 home runs and 8 rbi’s. He also has 5 runs scored and has walked 7 times. On the mound in the postseason starter James Shields has a 1-0 record with a 5.63 era and 15 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Reliever Jason Frasor has a 2-0 record with a 0.00 era in 3 innings pitched. Closer Greg Holland has 6 saves in 8 appearances this postseason. He has a 1.13 era and 10 strikeouts in 8 innings pitched. This is Kansas City’s first World Series appearance since 1985. In that series they defeated St. Louis 4 games to 3.
Tonight’s game 1 starting pitchers are Madison Bumgarner for the Giants and James Shields for the Royals.
Giants vs Royals Prediction
In terms of postseason magic this season the Royals have it but going back a few years it’s been the Giants. I think this is the one team the Royals’ magic could end against. I could see Bumgarner shutting down KC tonight.
Take the Giants -103