In a postseason that’s seen the lower ranked teams compile a 6-2 record heading into the World Series, it’s only fitting that the two wild card teams clash for a chance at October glory. However, being wild cards may be one of the only similarities these two teams have had in recent years. American League champion Kansas City has been the most surprising playoff team I can ever remember. Not only do they enter the World Series at 8-0 in the playoffs, they do so by beating the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the league in the Angels and Orioles, and this for a team without a 15-win pitcher, 20 Home Run hitter, or 75 RBI man. The Royals have redefined what it means to grind out games and execute flawlessly on fundamentals, whether it’s great pitching, timely base stealing, or clutch hitting.
Over in the National League, the Giants are quite familiar with being in this position. San Francisco seeks its 3rd championship in the last five years, which would tie Boston for World Series titles since the turn of the century and vault the Giants into the conversation for modern day baseball dynasty. San Francisco flaunts a great pitching rotation led by NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner, and brings the fire power on offense with Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval. The Giants have been incredibly clutch in the postseason as well, and are 7-2 in the playoffs overall after knocking out top seeded Washington and defending NL champion St. Louis. This team is stacked with veterans who have championship experience, and to them it’s business as usual as they prepare for the Fall Classic.
I’ve bet against the Royals for the entire playoffs, and they’ve proved me wrong every time. This team has the intangibles to win games that just don’t show up on the stat sheet. However, San Francisco simply has the better team, but unlike the other Royals’ opponents, they also have the winning mentality that’s made them a championship team twice in the last fours years. I expect this to be a great series, just like all the series have been this postpone. Kansas City has homefield advantage by virtue of the American League’s win in the all star game, which plays right into San Francisco’s hand, as Game 1 starter Madison Bumgarner has been lights out on the road. The Giants will hand the Royals their first postseason loss and finish off the series in six games to win their 3rd title in 5 years.
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