San Francisco Giants (88-74) at Kansas City Royals (89-73)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 21, 2014, 8:07 PM (EDT)|
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The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will play in the World Series that begins Tuesday night. This series is truly as close as it can get, which is why the Royals open up a slight favorite with odds of -110.
So, who do I have?
Well, if you’ve been following along throughout the playoffs, you’d know I’ve been very high on the Kansas City Royals (picked them to win each series) before they became the trendy pick with the rest of the world. Considering the Royals have yet to lose a single playoff game this postseason and appear to be getting better with each game that passes, I’m not backing out now.
The Kansas City Royals will win the World Series for the first time since 1985.
Statistics and breaking down each team really doesn’t do us much in this series, as we’ll likely end up with a wash. The Giants have the better starting pitching and the experience. The Royals have the better bullpen and are capable of stealing bases like mad men. One of the main reasons I continue to back the Royals is their improved offense, which has hit eight homers in the postseason and has three different players with double-digit hits. Keep in mind this was a team that was dead last in home runs and in the middle of the pack in runs scored when it came to regular season play.
However, the deciding factor for me is the fact the Kansas City Royals appear to be a team of destiny. Sometimes you just can’t explain why a team is winning or refuses to die, it just does. That’s the Royals. While the San Francisco Giants have made a living off of refusing to go away, the Royals just seem to have that magic in their eye that makes them tough to bet against.
The timely hits, a pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in five of their last eight games and 13 stolen bases, the Royals can hurt you in so many different ways. The Giants are certainly no slouch and already have two recent championship rings under their belt, but it just seems to be the Royals year and nothing has been able to get in the way.
Pick the Kansas City Royals before the line loses its value.