By Kelen Conley
So maybe this picking winners for a sport I didn’t follow closely during the regular season thing isn’t as hard as I thought. I definitely will not change the name of the column from Uneducated Guesses though. Then I don’t look like an idiot when I’m wrong. And I would never try to sort out the NHL playoffs, don’t worry about that.
But here we are! The 2014 World Series, featuring the two hottest teams in baseball, the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants? First, kudos to both ballclubs for making it to the Fall Classic. No easy task even if they both didn’t win more than 90 games in the regular season. But enough fun, I absolutely love that it comes down to the Royals and the Giants. No teams with the highest payroll, no annoyingly good shortstop getting one last chance at the Trophy (I will miss you though Derek Jeter. Much respect), and no teams that I hate!
The Royals haven’t lost a game in the postseason; the Giants have lost only 2. Both teams should be well rested, well coached, and well-oiled for tonight’s tip-off, er, I mean, first pitch. This is harder than picking between the Cardinals and Giants in the NLCS. And before I do:
I know the Giants were on a roll. I know Yadier got hurt. But I really thought the Cards would get more than ONE game. Sure, the games were all extremely close, but it never seemed like St. Louis wanted it as bad as San Francisco did. So much for my MLB Spurs theory.
The Royals haven’t lost ONE game since the postseason began and they’ve taken out TWO of the best teams in baseball this season in the Angels and the Orioles. More importantly, they could become the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds to finish a postseason undefeated, and with more rounds now, they’d own the most impressive postseason run of all-time. I’m sure a second World Series crown would suffice though.
So who wins?
#4 Kansas City Royals v. #5 San Francisco Giants: The Giants won’t get swept. Neither will the Royals. Both ballparks have been extremely difficult for opposing teams, but both teams have won 4 games on the road this postseason, so you can almost throw home field out the window. And both of these ballclubs are so fundamentally sound that each game should be competitive and down to the last out. I’ve owned both Kansas City and San Francisco hats in my lifetime but only the SF one in my adulthood. Somebody get Cinderella her slipper. Royals in 6.