World Series Game 1 (Kansas City vs. San Francisco)

KANSAS CITY-SAN FRANCISCO

Fall Classic, it’s nice to see you once again. Want to know something about these two teams? One of them is not suppose to be in the Classic if this was 2011. If you guessed the Giants, you clearly understand the new Wild Card format. Anyone surprised for the Kansas City Royals making the World Series? Not really when the MLB Rankings I published to Sports Insights. 2013 indicated they had one of the best schedules in all of the MLB not to make the postseason. I have 2014 right here as well to see how they progressed in the season before October. 

Now to the actual Classic. Kansas City is returning to the World Series for the first time since 1985, yeah that time when Marty McFly and Doc were time travelers in ‘Back to The Future’ or when gasoline was less than a dollar a gallon. One thing that stands out to these Royals is that they continue their postseason winning streak from the 1985 World Series. The Royals started this 2014 postseason as the home team wild card and rallying in extra innings to beat the Oakland A’s on a walk-off single. The Royals kept the train rolling by sweeping the Angels and Orioles, all the clinchers are at home stadium Kauffman. Will they win the World Series in 4? Too bad it will end in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants are back in the Postseason for the first time since 2012, and had the same run as the Royals did to win the 2012 World Series. Starving off elimination in the Division Series against the Reds and the Championship Series against the Cardinals. The Giants bring back most players from their 2010 and 2012 teams and look to be the favorites in the World Series. As for this postseason, the Giants started their postseason in Pittsburgh with a rout in the Wild Card game. Giants sure didn’t want to fly back to San Francisco the next day and they extended the party to a short distance in the Nation’s Capital. The Giants managed to win the first two games in DC, Game 2 was an extra inning thriller with Brandon Belt hitting a go-ahead HR. A game that was poorly managed by Washington’s Matt Williams to take out Jordan Zimmerman, when the Nationals had the lead in the 9th before the Giants tied it up. The Nationals ended up winning Game 3, but Game 4 was decided by a wild pitch by the Washington Nationals and made it 3 NLCS’ in 5 seasons. The Giants started their Championship run in St. Louis by taking Adam Wainwright out of the game in the 1st game, taking the first game. The second game, St. Louis came back with their 7th inning magic in postseason play to take Game 2. After returning to San Francisco, it was all Giants. Game 5 was the most memorable for Giants fans as Travis Ishikawa hits a walk-off home run to send the Giants to the World Series. The first time since Tigers Magglio Ordonez did it in 2006.

POSITION BREAKDOWNS

WHO HAS THE EDGE

C

1B 2B 3B SS LF CF

RF

GIANTS

EVEN GIANTS EVEN EVEN GIANTS ROYALS

GIANTS


GAME 1 PITCHERS

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner returns to the World Series and was dominant in the 2012 World Series against the Tigers.

IP

H R ER BB SO HR

HBP

2014 POSTSEASON

31.2

19 6 5 5 28 2

1

WORLD SERIES

15

5 0 0 4 14 0

1

BAA

ERA WHIP

FIP

2014 POSTSEASON

.167

1.42 0.76

2.75

WORLD SERIES

.100

0.00 0.60

2.26

H/9

BB/9 K/9 HR/9

K/BB

2014 POSTSEASON

5.40

1.42 7.96 0.57

5.60

WORLD SERIES

3.00

2.40 8.40 0.00

3.50

H RATE

R RATE BB RATE K RATE

HR RATE

2014 POSTSEASON

15.70

4.96 4.13 23.14

1.65

WORLD SERIES

10.00

0.00 8.00 28.00

0.00

Bumgarner faced the Royals in August and lost that game. Bumgarner allowed two runs to score in the 6th in a tied game to lose the game in which the offense couldn’t come back to win.

James Shields

James Shields returns to the World Series for the first time since 2008, when he was a Tampa Bay Ray at the time. Shields and his Rays weren’t so dominant in that series when facing the Philadelphia Phillies and ended up losing in 5.

IP

H R ER BB SO HR

HBP

2014 POSTSEASON

16

21 10 10 5 15 3

1

WORLD SERIES

5.2

7 0 0 2 4 0

0

BAA

ERA WHIP

FIP

2014 POSTSEASON

.304

5.63 1.63

4.82

WORLD SERIES

.292

0.00 1.59

2.78

H/9

BB/9 K/9 HR/9

K/BB

2014 POSTSEASON

11.81

2.81 8.44 1.69

3.00

WORLD SERIES

11.12

3.18 6.35 0.00

2.00

H RATE

R RATE BB RATE K RATE

HR RATE

2014 POSTSEASON

28.38

13.51 6.76 20.27

4.05

WORLD SERIES

28.00

0.00 8.00 16.00

0.00


The Good and The Bad Of 2014 Postseason

HITS

RUNS WALKS STRIKEOUTS

HOME RUNS

BUMGARNER

4.2 H/27 BF

1.3 R/27 BF 1.1 BB/27 BF 6.3 K/27 BF

0.5 HR/27 BF

SHIELDS

7.6 H/27 BF 3.7 R/27 BF  1.8 BB/27 BF 5.5 K/27 BF 1.1 HR/27 BF

BUMGARNER-SHIELDS

IP

H R BB SO

HR

BUMGARNER

8.1

4 1 1 6

0

SHIELDS

7

8 3 2 5

1

Which offense bat(s) should Bumgarner and Shields be concerned for?

  • Bumgarner: Omar Infante (.375/.375/.438)/Erik Kratz (.333/.333/.333) against Bumgarner. More than 4 Plate Appearances qualified
  • Shields: Gregor Blanco (.571/.571/.857) against Shields. More than 4 Plate Appearance qualified

Hi, nice to meet you.

Who will Bumgarner and Shields see for the first time.

  • Bumgarner: Christian Colon, Terrance Gore and Eric Hosmer
  • Shields: Brandon Belt, Gary Brown, Brandon Crawford, Juan Perez and Andrew Susac

PICK: SAN FRANCISCO in 6

Kauffman Stadium

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