2014 World Series Results
In World Series game 6 at home, the Kansas City Royals had to win. They were down 3 to 2 in the series against the Giants, and needed to beat San Francisco to force a decisive game 7. KC destroyed San Fran 10 to 0, setting up a game 7 matchup Wednesday night between starting pitchers Tim Hudson for the Giants and the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie. Hudson became the oldest pitcher (39 years, 3 months and 16 days) to take the mound in a game 7 World Series contest. He did not last long, giving up the Royals only 2 runs of the game in the 2nd inning.
After a 2 - 2 score in the 2nd, San Francisco's relievers kept the Royals off the board. It was enough for a 3 - 2 game 7 victory which gave the Giants the 2014 World Series. Pablo Sandoval was a perfect 3 for 3 for the Giants Wednesday night, with a double and 2 runs scored. Michael Morse drove Sandoval in for what would be the game-winning run in the 4th inning. Hunter Pence was also big for San Francisco, with 2 hits in 4 appearances while also scoring a run. Alex Gordon went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for the Royals. Omar Infante knocked in the only other run for Kansas City. The World Series victory was the 8th for the San Francisco Giants.
2014 World Series Matchup
The Kansas City Royals have gone undefeated in postseason play, advancing to this year's World Series as the American League wild-card team. The San Francisco Giants have now won 15 of their last 17 playoff games, 3 AL penants and 2 World Series championships in the last 5 years. 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval is a big reason for the Giants success, as he has now reached base safely in 23 straight postseason games and is batting. 375 over that stretch. Thanks to this year's American League victory in the All-Star game, Kansas City owns the home field advantage for the World Series. How important is that? The team that held a home-field advantage has won the last 5 World Series in a row. The Kansas City Royals in a 29 year postseason drought by making it to the World Series this year.
About The World Series
Established in 1903 as a championship playoff between the National League and American League pennant winners of Major League Baseball, the World Series is one of the most viewed and most popular sporting events in the world. The majority of the players come from major NCAA college baseball programs, but in recent years more World Series participants have been made up from players born outside the United States. Whether a baseball player grows up as an unknown in some small South American country, or as a widely regarded United States prospect, the World Series is the lofty goal that drives him.
The Fall Classic has delivered runaway favorites, long-shot hopefuls and some of the greatest memories of any professional sport in the United States. If it is true what scientists and mathematicians say that successfully hitting a baseball is the single hardest physical task in all of sport, then leaving one's mark on the World Series has to be the most desirable goal a player can achieve. In game five of the 1956 World Series, the New York Yankees Don Larsen pitched a perfect game, going 27 Dodgers up and 27 Dodgers down. The Vegas odds on a World Series pitcher throwing a perfect game this year and every year reflect the fact that this incredible achievement only occurs once in every 17,000 Major League Baseball games, whether played in the regular season or the playoffs.
Las Vegas odds on World Series winners often end up delivering huge paydays to those gamblers willing to place a wager on a long shot. The 1991 World Series was unique in that it pitted the Atlanta Braves against the Minnesota Twins. Both teams had gone from last-place the previous year to first place, with that worst-to-first performance culminating in what many believe was one of the greatest World Series match-ups of all time. And as we have seen happen in World Series play before, a virtual unknown and rather average player would leave his mark on baseball's biggest stage.
Mark Lemke was a mediocre second baseman at the plate for the Braves, but the magic that is the World Series raised the diminutive ballplayer to deliver an otherworldly performance. Lemke hit for an incredible .417 batting average, with a .462 OBP and a staggering 3 triples in the seven game classic, constantly bailing out Atlanta to keep them in the contest. It is such underdog performances as his that are the hallmark of the World Series, which always stands ready to reward a victorious long-shot, on the field and at the betting window.
Las Vegas World Series Betting Odds
The following are the most current Las Vegas odds on who will win the World Series.
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