World Series: Will Royals Take the Crown?
I've been watching the Kansas City Royals since August, whenever I could. Although a Braves fan, I found the AL Central and AL West division races to be more interesting than any other in baseball. So when the Royals made it to the playoff game against Oakland (another team I was sort of vying for) I knew I had to watch that game. Needless to say that was a great decision. The Royals defeated the A's 9-8 with a walk-off RBI in one of the most exciting baseball games I've ever seen.
But then the Royals surprised me. I really didn't expect them to sweep the Angels in the ALDS. Then they swept the Orioles in the ALCS? Are you kidding me?
I'm not saying that KC is more talented than the San Francisco Giants, but they are on FIRE. I wish the Giants luck in trying to stop the Royals but it's unlikely that'll happen.
Tim Kurkjian, one of my favorite reporters for ESPN, had some interesting points to make before the first pitch of the 2014 World Series.
Things to Consider:
- Herrera-Davis-Holland. That Kansas City threesome-of-a-bullpen is incredible. A 0.96 ERA since the beginning of the ALDS versus the Los Angeles Angels is impressive. And a record of 65-4 in the regular season when leading after six innings just makes it all the more impressive. Kurkjian has to make mention of San Fran's bullpen being good but let's face it, the Giants' bullpen has nothing on the Royals. They're only advantage against KC is a good rotation of starting pitchers, but even so, Hudson and Vogelsong struggle. The Giants only have a potent offense (with a lot of luck) and one terrific starter in Madison Bumgarner, who's posted a 1.72 ERA this postseason.
- Mooooooooustakas & Company. So many potential Gold Glove winners are on this Royals team. If you've seen them play this October (or just been watching ESPN's Top 10 Plays) then you know that this team has some excellent defense. Consequently I'm not anticipating very many blunders that the Giants can exploit, like they've been doing to the Nats and the Cards the past couple of weeks. If the Royals' defense holds up, then a World Series triumph for the Giants will have to be earned.
- Winning Streak. The Royals are on fire, setting an unprecedented postseason record of 8-0. 'Nuff said.
At the end of the day, the San Francisco Giants are still talented enough to beat the Royals. But I'm not like Tim Kurkjian, insofar as I don't want to kiss San Fran's "giant" butt. I'm picking the Royals to finish off the Giants in 6 games. Why 6? Because I believe the Royals will have the common courtesy to let a couple games slip away so that the Royals can claim the prize in front of their adoring fans at home.
(I really don't give a crap if I'm wrong about this. I just want the Royals to win. This October has been extremely entertaining and I'm sad it has to end. But oh well!)