Anyone who has ever lived in Kansas City and taken an interest in major sports has been waiting for this day for a generation. Put it this way, it says a lot when the most successful team to come out of your city is an MLS franchise. The Royals will look to redress the balance when the World Series kicks off at Kaufmann Stadium later tonight in what is the team’s first appearance in the Fall Classic since winning it back in 1985.
Baseball has the smallest postseason of any of the four major US sports and fittingly the two Wild Card winners face off as the San Francisco Giants and those aforementioned Royals take part in the second ever all-Wild Card World Series.
Every few years there is a team that comes along and sweeps everyone off their feet so much so that you can imagine fans of the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics all wholeheartedly rooting for the Royals in this season’s World Series. Hell you can imagine that the whole world outside of San Francisco praying for anything other than yet another Giants victory to make it three in five for the Californians.
How can the Royals please the world at large, though?
Giants to win series: -105
Royals to win series: -115
(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)
First and foremost they’ve got to ride that bullpen. Every team on a hot streak has its trademark and for all their other potent tools the Royals are reliant on the group of guys that take over in the sixth inning thus making the starting pitcher role an easier job than in any ballpark. Kelvin Herrera [1.41 ERA in regular season], Wade Davis [1.00 ERA], and Greg Holland [1.44 ERA] have been almost lights out throughout the playoffs and if you’re betting in-play and the Royals get to the sixth inning in the lead…you know what to do.
In addition to the bullet-proof pen, the Royals kept making downright ridiculous plays on the defensive side of the ball in the ALDS and ALCS, and the huge outfield at Kaufmann Stadium means the opening two games of the series could see even more of those plays.
How hard a task is it? Very. Consider this: Game 1 starter Madison Bumgarner has never lost a playoff start away from AT&T Park and has given up two earned runs on four wins from as many starts. Streaks are meant to broken though, right? Not this time.
The Giants have their own miracle making bullpen to boot that is led by closer Santiago Casilla [0.00 ERA in the postseason] and includes Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, and Yusmeiro Petit, who have all posted that same blank ERA that Casilla boasts. Sergio Romo tops it off with a 1.93 ERA and coach Bruce Bochy can be confident that he has a solution to just about any problem.
Even though the Royals are riding an almighty wave of momentum into the postseason it’s hard to see past a Giants win in six games and a third World Series pennant in five years for Buchy’s charges. Never say never though.
Betting Instinct tip – Giants to win in six is +450 with Intertops.eu