Four Keys for the Royals to Win the World Series
By David Hill
Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Royals have already put together an impressive, and, perhaps unexpected, run through the postseason. The Royals gameplan, involving their speed, defense and pitching, has worked to perfection thus far.
It may not be unreasonable to think that the Royals can continue to find success against the Giants. After all, they did sweep San Francisco in their series earlier in the year, despite facing their, at the time, top three pitchers in Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum. During that three game set, the Royals battered the San Francisco pitching staff for 16 runs, while holding the Giants to only six runs of offense.
Even the long layoff may not make much of a difference. Although the Royals will have had five days off by the time the World Series begins, the Giants will have been off for four days as well. If the days off are going to disrupt momentum heading into the World Series, then both teams will have to find a way to rebuild that force.
Hopefully, for the Royals, history can repeat itself. The Royals had swept the Giants earlier in the season, and have swept their way through the playoffs. While it may be unrealistic to expect another sweep, the Royals may well be able to win another series against the Giants. If so, then this will be a fitting final chapter in what has already been an amazing season.