The World Series begins tonight in… Kansas City? In one of the more improbably match ups, the Kansas City Royals will meet the San Francisco Giants for the 2014 MLB championship. Games 1 and 2 will be played in Kansas City before the series moves to the Bay for Games 3 and 4.
Part of what makes this World Series so unlikely is that both teams were Wild Cards. The Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates to get to the divisional round, while the Royals squeaked past the Oakland A’s in an extra-innings thriller. Neither team won 90 games in the regular season, but in the postseason they have been dominant.
The Giants swept the Washington Nationals then defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in five games to win the National League pennant. The Royals, meanwhile, have been utterly dominant. They swept the Los Angeles Angels — the team with the best record in baseball this season — and then swept the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League crown. Kansas City is 8-0 this postseason, something no other team has accomplished in major league history.
So what does this mean for the World Series? At the very least, it should be a close one. The Giants are looking for their third championship in five years, while the Royals really want to win their first title since 1985. There will also be plenty of Hunter Pence signs in the crowd and sneak-attack bunts on the field (at least from the bunt-happy Royals). And it should be unpredictable.
But let’s try to predict it anyway! The editors of SI Kids weigh in on who they think will carry off the Commissioner’s Trophy as MLB’s 2014 champions!
We’ve written about Zepp Labs and its neat sensor that attaches to all sorts of sports equipment before. But today the company launches a major refresh of its app which makes it a way more powerful training tool.
Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Royals were three outs away from losing to the Oakland A's in the American League Wild Card Game. Today, they're four wins from a World Series title.
Last night, the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, to complete a sweep of the O's in the American League Championship Series and earn a trip to the World Series. It's the Royals' first trip to the championship round since 1985.
New York Comic Con is happening this weekend in Manhattan, but over on Disney XD the characters of the show Lab Rats have their own pop culture convention going on. At the show, Leo and Davenport compete to win a walk-on role in a sci-fi movie. Meanwhile, Adam, Bree, and Chase go looking for the star of one of their favorite movies, Alien Gladiators (in costume, of course).
That star happens to be played by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier. And for any Dodgers fans bummed that the team lost to the Cardinals in the NLDS, seeing Ethier get caught up in some Lab Rats hijinks might be a good way to lighten the mood.
Here's an exclusive clip from Ethier's guest starring role in the show:
From east to west, this has been a wild postseason. In the American League, the Orioles swept the Tigers and the Royals swept the Angels to set up an unexpected American League Championship Series. In losing to Kansas City, the Angeles made history: They are the first team to enter the playoffs as the best team in baseball and then get swept in a divisional series. History was made in the National League, too, when the Giants defeated the Nationals Sunday in 18 innings — the longest postseason game in MLB history — to take a 2-0 series lead.
But in the other NL series, the Cardinals and Dodgers are tied 1-1. On Friday and Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, the boys in blue faced the birds in red, splitting the first two games in the NLDS.
The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals met in DC for Game 2 of their National League Division Series. When the contest began on Saturday evening, no one could have expected it would end Sunday night and go into the record books as the longest playoff game in Major League History.
The Giants and Nats finished 9 innings of baseball tied 1-1. Extra inning after extra inning went by with the score unchanged. And then, in the top of the 18th, San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt drove a home run into the second tier stands at Nationals Park, putting the Giants up 2-1.