If the Royals want to get to Madison Bumgarner tonight, their best chance may be right off the bat. Bumgarner's first-inning ERA was nearly six in the regular season, while under 2.50 after the first.
The Royals' offense is functioning at a little higher level than the Giants this postseason, while the Giants have been a little better on the mound.
Andrew Baggarly @CSNBaggs
Peavy received texts from at least 5 former Red Sox teammates in last 24 hrs "and all of those texts were about how to beat the KC Royals."
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How important is Game 1 of the World Series? 10 of the last 11 winners have gone on to win the World Series.
Tim Kurkjian on Series Pitching
"With all of the information we have today, everything favors the pitching. ... I think this is going to be a low-scoring Series, because the pitching in the big leagues today is like no other time that I've seen it."
Series may lack big offense
Don't expect the World Series to be full of high-scoring games. The Giants and Royals were middle-of-the-road offensively this season. The Giants finished 12th in the MLB in runs scored, the Royals 14th. The Giants were 17th in HRs, the Royals 30th.
This World Series will feature all sorts of entertaining contrasts. It matches the Giants, the biannual Series crashers, versus the Royals, who show up for the postseason once every three decades. Most improbable of World Series matchups
Giants own experience edge
San Francisco has 13 players who were a part of a World Series. The Royals, on the other hand, have only two -- Omar Infante and James Shields.
Based on active postseason win streaks for the Royals and Giants, this World Series Game 1 is a meeting of an immovable force and an unstoppable object.