The Fall Classic is upon us, and who can honestly say they saw this matchup coming? After arguably one of the greatest postseasons in recent memory, the Kansas City Royals host the San Francisco Giants to kickoff the series. It's only the third World Series since 1903 to feature two teams that won fewer than 90 games in the regular season. Who takes the trophy? Below we give our staff predictions and a series MVP. Enjoy the games!
Mike Walter: Royals in 5. They have the Royal magic working. The lineup continues to get big hits when they need them and the bullpen makes it a 6 inning game. Giants have the managerial advantage but the Royals have the edge on the field.
John Cross: Royals in 6. In baseball the best team doesn't necessarily win, the hottest team does. The Royals have a deep bullpen, speed on the base paths and the best defense behind their starters.
Paul Crowley: Royals in 6. Getting to the playoffs was no accident, and winning the last eight wasn't either. The Giants have won only two titles since leaving the Big Apple, which means both Kansas City and San Francisco will have two when it's all over.
Eric Tolbert: Giants in 7. All are talking about the Royals magical run, but the Giants have been playing amazing baseball too. Both bullpens have been lights out, but I think the middle of the Giant's order comes through in a big way, and they ride the arm of Madison Bumgarner to win series clinching victory at Kauffman Stadium in Missouri.