World Series Time!!!!!!! Finally!!!!
In this edition, since I have gone over these two teams (Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants) a lot, I will say which team has the advantage position by position.
Catcher: Buster Posey (Giants) has already established himself as a superstar who has even won an MVP and two World Series Championships. He has a potent bat, calls a good game, has a great arm, and is a leader. Salvador Perez (Royals) is another excellent defender and has a great bat. He lacks experience in the playoffs, but that shouldn’t be too much of a factor. Advantage: Giants. Perez has struggled since the second half of the season started and Posey is just a monster.
First base: Brandon Belt (Giants) has a lot of pop in his bat and is a good defender, plus he has won a World Series in 2012. Eric Hosmer (Royals) has been red hot with his bat this postseason and is a gold glove first baseman. Advantage: Royals. This was a tough one, but Hosmer is clearly the better player here.
Second base: Joe Panik (Giants) has been exceptional this postseason playing solid defense and has been terrorizing pitchers in the National League with his bat. Omar Infante (Royals), though is not creating havoc with his bat, is proving to be a stability in the lineup and has given solid defense. Advantage: Even
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford (Giants) is a great defender and actually is a decent hitter. Alcides Escobar (Royals) has great speed and is flashy with the glove. Advantage: I have to give it to the Royals based on speed. Crawford may have the edge with the glove but that’s hard to decide.
Third base: Pablo Sandoval (Giants) is a great hitter and is an exceptional defender, plus he is a World Series MVP in 2012. Mike Moustakas was a high draft pick who has shown incredible ability in the field and is red-hot with his bat. Advantage: Giants. Sandoval was a clear choice here and has more experience despite the talent and great play of Moustakas
Left Field: Travis Ishikawa (Giants) has filled nicely in left field, but this is his first try there. Alex Gordon is a great hitter and a Gold Glover in the field. Advantage: Royals, clearly.
Center Field: Gregor Blanco (Giants) has been great in the field and has been a nice table setter in the top of the lineup giving the spark that their lineup needs. Lorenzo Cain (Royals) has been Superman out in the field making incredible catches and was unstoppable with the bat in the ALCS hitting around .600. Advantage: Royals, duh!
Right Field: Hunter Pence (Giants) is probably the best right fielder in the National League as he provides solid defense and a great bat who comes up in the clutch. Plus he is a veteran leader who sparked the Giants in their quest for the 2012 World Series championship. Nori Aoki (Royals) has been a solid presence in the top of the offense and has made outstanding catches in the outfield. Advantage: Ummmmm really? The Giants of course.
Designated Hitter: The Giants don’t have a DH, but it will likely be Mike Morse who has been clutch as a pinch hitter. Billy Butler has a lot of power in his bat. Advantage: Royals because of the AL/NL difference.
Bench: The Giants really lack a lot here. The Royals have a lot of players who are speedy, who have pop, and show a lot of veteran leadership like Raul Ibanez.
Rotation: Both rotations are great, but there has to be one that has the edge. The Royals have a big game pitcher in James Shields, talented in Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy, eating up innings like Jason Vargas, and a veteran in Jeremy Guthrie. The Giants on the other hand have former Cy Young Award winners in Tim Lincecum and Jake Peavy, one of the best postseason pitchers of all time, Madison Bumgarner, and a seasoned veteran in Tim Hudson who was once of the best pitchers in baseball and is making his first trip to the World Series at the age of 39. Advantage: Giants
Bullpen: The Giants bullpen has proven to me that they are much better than what I thought. It had kept them in games this postseason that the Giants had no business of winning, but gave them a chance to win. They have been lights out. As for the Royals, they have the best bullpen in all of baseball. If they get a lead and hand the reigns over to the three headed monster of Greg Holland, Kelvin Hererra, and Wade Davis, that’s it, game over. Advantage: Royals.
Manager: Bruce Bochy of the Giants is arguably one of the best in postseason history. Ned Yost has made some bad decisions, but it hasn’t bitten him in the butt. He has luck on his side. Advantage: Royals
Prediction: Talent Vs. Experience. Dynasty vs. Destiny. This is gonna be an awesome World Series! It’s got the making of a seven game classic. However, there can only be one champion. So I’m gonna hop on the bandwagon as a representative of the AL Central will be making an appearance in this year’s World Series. Yes I am picking the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series. The Giants will not be able to keep up with the speed of the Royals, the arms in the bullpen, or be able to overcome the loud crowd at Kauffman Stadium. I got a chance to see the Royals in person in the last week of the season at U.S. Cellular playing the White Sox and from what I saw is that this is a great ballclub. I really thought they had a chance to make a run this year. They won three out of four, but they didn’t win by overpowering the White Sox, they just did everything right. They rely on the small ball, for which I’m a sucker for, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. They have nothing to lose and they are going to be starting what I think is a potential dynasty. Even if you are not a fan of either team like myself, get excited!