From the importance of winning Game 1 of the World Series, to Madison Bumgarner’s historic numbers, to the Giants’ overall postseason success, here’s a look at some of the interesting facts and figures from Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Here’s a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series: the Giants’ Jake Peavy and the Royals’ Yordano Ventura.
James Shields went into tonight’s Game 1 World Series start for the Royals with the effects of a kidney stone apparently behind him.
Here are a few stray notes from around the game … As I recently explored in my breakdown of the Braves‘ offseason-to-come, Atlanta faces some decisions in the outfield. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution goes into more detail on the situations of the disappointing B.J. Upton and corner outfielders Justin Upton and Jason Heyward, both of whom will become free agents at season’s end. The Braves “seem prepared” to take a bath on the elder Upton’s long-term deal to move him off the roster, according to O’Brien, and if the can manage it would probably utilize Heyward or a stop-gap in center. Dealing one of the other two players while trying to extend the other has long been discussed as a plausible option, and O’Brien indicates that it is a realistic option to slide Evan Gattis into a corner role to fill any resulting void
Here’s a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and the Royals’ James Shields.
Sitting in his criminal justice classes four months ago at Texas Christian University, Brandon Finnegan could not wait to be done with college so he could go play professional baseball.
Like the Royals, who are meeting the Giants in the World Series, the 1959 so-called “Go-Go Sox” were built around speed and defense. They had finished 10 games above .500 the year before, exactly like the Royals, and found a winning formula that included a deep starting rotation and the best bullpen in their league.
Padres manager Bud Black, who just completed his eighth season, had a seven-year stint with the Royals (1982-88), which included a World Series title in ’85, and pitched for four seasons with the Giants (1991-94).
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