Both World Series participants have been underdogs throughout the 2014 MLB playoffs, which is why the San Francisco Giants are the pick over the Kansas City Royals.
Something About Even Years
The San Francisco Giants captured the Fall Classic in 2010 and 2012, which is important to consider when looking over the future World Series odds to win this best-of-seven series, as the club advanced past the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Giants bullpen will be overlooked in this matchup due to the power arms available in the other dugout, but the group has compiled a 1.78 ERA since the end of the regular season.
MLB handicappers should anticipate NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner to get the ball in Game 1, as he’s gone 4-0 with a 0.55 ERA in four career postseason road starts.
Plenty of Confidence
Kansas City’s Ned Yost is the first manager in MLB history to win his first eight postseason contests, which can’t be ignored when making your 2014 World Series predictions, especially when the squad earned a three-game home sweep of its current opponent from Aug. 8-10.
The Royals are dynamic on the mound in the later innings, with the threesome of Kevin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland playing a big part in the team’s 65-4 record in the regular season when leading after six frames.
It’s important to point out that the trio has allowed just five hard-hit balls in its last 100 batters faced, while the bullpen overall has registered a 1.80 postseason ERA.
The Giants are 15-2 in their last 17 postseason games, with most of those wins coming by the slimmest of margins, as they enter this matchup having won 12 of their last 13 playoff games decided by one run.
San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy deserves a lot of credit for that type of success, as he’s a magician in utilizing relievers to create favorable match ups in the final innings.
The Royals have stolen 13 bases and been caught just three times in the playoffs, but their upcoming opponent has allowed foes to swipe just three bags in 10 postseason games.
San Francisco catcher Buster Posey is the most important player to handicap in this series, as he threw out runners at a 29.8 percent clip this season, while he already owns two World Series rings.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants with their World Series picks, as they will go on to win their third Fall Classic in five years, as Bochy will simply outmaneuver Yost over the course of the series, especially when playing in a National League ballpark.
World Series Pick: San Francisco Giants +101