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World Series 2014: Bold Predictions for Giants vs. Royals Showdown

If there is one thing the 2014 MLB playoffs have accomplished, it is reinforcing the idea that anything can happen. The fact that the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals are meeting in the World Series is proof of that.

MLB Playoff Schedule 2014: Complete World Series Slate and Predictions

The Kansas City Royals have captured the imagination of every sports fan who's spent years cheering for a team that's often struggled to compete. The San Francisco Giants have a core group of battle-tested playoff veterans looking to win their third title in five years.

MLB Playoffs 2014: Day 18 Schedule, Updated World Series Predictions

The San Francisco Giants will ride the momentum from a pennant-winning, walk-off home run into the 2014 World Series against the scrappy Kansas City Royals, a matchup of Wild Card teams that few would have predicted at the beginning of this year's MLB playoffs.

World Series 2014: Schedule and Predictions for Giants vs. Royals Fall Classic

It may not be the World Series matchup any of us predicted, but the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals have proven throughout the postseason that they are the two best teams in Major League Baseball right now. 

World Series 2014 Schedule: Dates, TV Info and More for MLB Championship

When the playoffs began, if you predicted the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants to face off in the World Series, it's time to start playing the lottery. This may be an unlikely matchup for the MLB championship game, but it's poised to be a good one.

World Series 2014: Pitchers with Most Pivotal Roles in Royals vs. Giants

Pitchers for both the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will have their hands full against opposing lineups in the World Series. Hitters from each team have been very good at creating tough at-bats while playing small ball and effectively manufacturing runs.

Every starter, reliever and closer will have a crucial role in the Fall Classic; however, some pitchers will be significant components to their team's success or failure. These players will be deciding factors in the outcome of the World Series.

Royals, Giants Late-Inning Magic Poised to Create Must-Watch World Series Clash

There is no such thing as "clutch," despite what the cliches and eyeball tests say. 

Baseball teams and players throughout time have been slapped with that label, but data tells us there really is no penchant for timely hitting in high-leverage situations. There is only opportunity, and the results are sometimes good, more often bad for hitters.

Brian Sabean Deserves Big Praise for Assembling Giants' 2014 NL Champion Roster

In a season defined by standout performances from their biggest stars, the characteristically steady managing of Bruce Bochy and, most recently, one of the great heroic blasts in postseason history, it's not easy to pick a definitive unsung hero of the 201

World Series 2014: Schedule and Early Preview for Royals vs. Cardinals

It looked like we were on our way to a Game 6 in the National League Championship Series when the St. Louis Cardinals took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday. In reality, we were on our way to a dramatic walk-off home run and a World Series date between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.

What Do NLCS Mistakes Mean for Mike Matheny's Future as Cardinals Manager?

The St. Louis Cardinals didn't lose the National League Championship Series because of Mike Matheny. But the manager didn't exactly do the greatest job of preventing his club from losing—or even of putting it in position to beat the World Series-bound San Francisco Giants.

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