Royals vs Giants-WS Game 1

Who do you think wins?

  • Royals

    Votes: 79 49.7%
  • Giants

    Votes: 80 50.3%

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nattysez

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This series doesn't start until the Giants win a game not started by MadBum. We have all seen Peavy in the WS before.
 

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nattysez said:
This series doesn't start until the Giants win a game not started by MadBum. We have all seen Peavy in the WS before.
 
Don't be dissing the nearly blind duck boat man. NL Peavy has much better command of his new arm slot. He can throw to both sides without grooving a fastball much better than AL Peavy could (and the Royals are an NL team).
 

nattysez

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Everything you need to know about where Tim Lincecum is on the depth chart is that Machi and Lopez are warming for the Giants.
 

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Sprowl said:
Don't be dissing the nearly blind duck boat man. NL Peavy has much better command of his new arm slot. He can throw to both sides without grooving a fastball much better than AL Peavy could (and the Royals are an NL team).
You're aware he went 4 IP, 2 ER v the Cards in the NLCS, yes?
 

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nattysez said:
You're aware he went 4 IP, 2 ER v the Cards in the NLCS, yes?
 
According to my logic, the Cards are an AL team. :blink:
 
Besides, I'm quite happy with short starts in the playoffs. Eating innings isn't worth so much now.
 

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I would take McCarver back. Can't believe I'm saying it, but there it is. Mostly because Harold is so awful. But also because, as insufferable as McCarver started to get, he and Buck has some chemistry. They genuinely seemed to like each other and had almost a father son thing going on, which is a vibe I associate with baseball. Don 't get me wrong, I'd rather have Eck. But this booth stinks. Maybe I'm just forgetting how bad he was.
 

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PREDICTIONWHY?
 
Aaron Boone
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in 6I just think they are a little better.
 
Jim Bowden
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in 7 In a World Series of either "dynasty" (Giants) or "destiny" (Royals), I'm going "dynasty," the Giants' experience and the leadership of Bruce Bochy, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner and Pablo Sandoval being the difference-makers.
 
Howard Bryant
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in 5 Because "can't be killed" means exactly that.
 
 
Jim Caple@jimcaple
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in 4 Because they have won every game so far, and, based on my previous predictions, I'm hoping this will jinx things so that the Series will go seven.
 
Tristan Cockcroft@SultanOfStat
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in 6 Um, bunting wins championships?
 
 
Jerry Crasnick@jcrasnick
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in 6 If I'm going to go 0-for-7 with my postseason predictions, it might as well be with the team that hasn't won a World Series in 29 years.
 
 
Gordon Edes @GordonEdes ESPNBoston.com

in 7  Bruce Bochy is Mr. October.
 
 
Pedro Gomez @pedrogomezESPN

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in 6 The 2014 Royals are the 2003 Marlins; they don't understand that they're NOT supposed to win it all.
 
 
Christina Kahrl @ChristinaKahrl
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in 6 Two Bumgarner wins against the Royals' left-leaning lineup plus a split in the other four games equals a formula for a Series that doesn't go the distance.
 
Eric Karabell @karabellespn
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in 5 They are an experienced, well-managed team more likely to keep finding ways to win.
 
 
Jonah Keri@jonahkeri
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in 5 The Giants are the better offensive team, Buster Posey and the pitching staff will limit the impact of K.C.'s running game, and Bruce Bochy will out-manage Ned Yost.
 
Michael Knisley@michaelknisley
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in 5 Deeper rotation; S.F. has been there, done that; and the Royals will misplace their four-leaf clovers.
 
 
David Kull@david_kull
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in 7 Coupled with the Royals' mojo-killing layoff, the Giants' resilience, manager and ace (Bumgarner) will lead them to a third straight even-year title.
 
 
Tim Kurkjian@Kurkjian_ESPNESPN The Magazine

in 7 Bullpen, defense and four home games.
 
 
Peter Lawrence-Riddell
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in 6 They're going to lose a game eventually, but they won't lose four of them.
 
 
Andrew Marchand@AndrewMarchand
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in 7 I'm picking Bochy over Yost.
 
 
Buster Olney@Buster_ESPN
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in 5 They need another MVP showing from Bumgarner.
 
 
Eduardo Perez@perezed
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in 6 I have the Royals getting beaten by Bumgarner, but their athleticism has proved to me that they can't be beat.
 
 
Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs
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in 6 The Royals haven't faced anyone going as good as Bumgarner, so his team wins and he wins another series MVP.
 
 
Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN
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in 5 They are starting to remind people in NYC of the '69 Mets.
 
 
Mark Saxon
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in 5 The postseason gets more unpredictable every year, but the power of the even year is real.
 
 
David Schoenfield @dschoenfield
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in 7 Madison Bumgarner dominates the Royals' left-handed batters in winning two starts, and the Giants claw out an extra-inning victory in Game 7.
 
Jon Sciambi @BoogSciambi
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in 5 One word: Bullpen.
 
 
Mark Simon @msimonespn
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in 7 I'm expecting an epic series a la 1991 (Twins-Braves), and in the end the Royals' "destiny factor" outweighs that of the Giants.
 
Jayson Stark @jaysonst
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in 6 I've never seen them lose a postseason series since one BB (Barry Bonds) hit the exit ramp and that other BB (Bruce Bochy) walked in the clubhouse door.
 
Matt Szefc @MattSzefc
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in 6 Since it's an even-numbered year, count on the Giants winning the title for the third time in five years.
 
 
Adnan Virk@adnanESPN
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in 5 San Francisco's timely hitting, balanced bullpen and savvy veteran manager will result in another World Series triumph.
 
 
Steve Wulf@WulfESPN
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in 6 The Giants' shallow bench will be stretched even thinner by the DH.
 

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I am still baffled by how the same Javier Lopez who was such an unreliable LOOGY for the Red Sox has morphed into a LOOGY that works for the Giants.
 

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Sprowl said:
I am still baffled by how the same Javier Lopez who was such an unreliable LOOGY for the Red Sox has morphed into a LOOGY that works for the Giants.
 
 
NL and all that.  But he has been very good for them for the past four seasons.
 

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Sprowl said:
I am still baffled by how the same Javier Lopez who was such an unreliable LOOGY for the Red Sox has morphed into a LOOGY that works for the Giants.
 
I think it's Righetti.  He turned both Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez into new pitchers when they came over from the Sox.  Lopez has been faltering a bit this year, but he's been nails for them ever since he came over from Boston.
 

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Oh no.  Its Hunter Strickland warming.  He is like cold fusion for opponents bats.
All I can think of is that the Giants see him as a long term project, wanting Strickland to get big game (that expression) experience. Either that or he thinks it's his kid.  :huh: No, I love Bochy.
 

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Hold your breath, folks. Hunter Strickland is in. This could go a couple different ways. He has five strike outs this postseason.... and given up four homeruns.
 

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Hunter Strickland, throws hard.  And straight.  
 
Reynolds:  "Here is a guy who they are gonna need".  
 
I think he means the Royals.
 

nattysez

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Al Zarilla said:
What's the diff between Butler and Willingham here?
 
I think Yost is just trying to get other guys ABs so they are ready to pinch hit. 
 

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I will continue to crap all over Strickland and his straight gas until this season is over or he gets Bryce Harper out.
 

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Al Zarilla said:
Peavy was 5 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs against a better hitting Nats team though. 
 
This is a fair point.  I don't believe in the Peavy renaissance, but we'll see.  FWIW, he said during his press conference this afternoon that a number of Sox had texted him with advice about how to beat the Royals.
 

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They weren't going to run the table, so maybe this gives them the kick they need
 

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Quick stat worth noting: #Royals were 42-39 at home during regular season, 47-34 on the road.
 

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Madison Bumgarner is currently doing an interview with the local Giants affiliate and has a huge wad of dip in his mouth. He stopped to spit about nine times, including mid-sentence.