In all fairness, this was also written before the first pitch of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. I think the San Francisco Giants have got this won — easy.
Unlike the fan-favored Kansas City Royals, the Giants have experience in World Series play. The team won the baseball championship in both 2010, against the Texas Rangers, and 2012, against the Detroit Tigers.
Furthermore, 15 Giants bring their experience in the World Series with them this year — Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Travis Ishikawa, Madison Bumgarner, Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, Tim Lincecum, Sergio Romo, Jake Peavy, Ryan Vogelsong, Joaquin Arias, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco.
And what about for the Royals?
Sure, the men in blue deserve some respect. The organization has failed to make it to the World Series or even the playoffs in nearly 30 years. But the once-laughingstock of MLB has gone undefeated in the playoffs this season.
Omar Infante and James Shields are the only Royals to previously make it to the World Series, as most of the men on the active roster have spent their career in Kansas City.
Ned Yost was fired from his manager position with the Milwaukee Brewers before the postseason in 2008 and was hired by the Royals in 2010, so this is his first shot at a World Series ring as well.
On the other hand, the Giants’ Bruce Bochy has been a manager in the big leagues for more than 20 years, and this will be his fourth time coaching in the World Series.
San Francisco is playing in its third World Series in five years.
The bottom line? The Giants win in five. The Royals lack the know-how to win.
Why am I so sided with the Giants? It’s more about pride and less about all of the statistics I listed above.
The Giants knocked the St. Louis Cardinals out of contention in a 4-1 National League Championship Series.
The hotly-contested series had the Giants winning 3-0, 5-4 (in extra innings), 6-4 and 6-3. St. Louis beat itself with errors and weak pitching.
St. Louis could have very well won the series in the same manner, placing the Cardinals in their fifth World Series since 2004. And you better believe the Cardinals could have beaten the Royals.
It’s a pride for the National League. It’s a pride that if I get beat, it better have been by the best team out there, and it better win that title.