Letters of Intent
Down but Never Out
By Zach Swanson
It sure looks like a struggle for the Kansas City Royals right now, but never count them out.
The Royals are on the brink of elimination after San Francisco Giants Madison Bumgarner gave one of the best pitching performances World Series history in Game 5 on Sunday.
Clutch hitting from Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Juan Perez all but shut the door on the Royals. It’s not looking good.
Going back to Kansas City, the Giants were 43-38 on the road, while the Royals were 42-39 at home. The Giants had 232 extra-base hits on the road, while the Royals had just 191 at home. Not looking good for the boys in blue.
KC has the advantage in starting pitching, bullpen and defense in Game 6, but if the Bumgarner pitches in Game 7, it could be all Giants. Or not. With Billy Butler able to start again in the DH role (who by the way has hit .429 lifetime vs. Giants Game 6 starter Jake Peavy), the Royals will look to have performance against Peavy again tonight similar to the four runs on six hits they knocked on him in Game 3.
“Our guys aren’t afraid of walking the tightrope without a net,” manager Ned Yost told reporters. “We fall off, and we’re dead. But we win Tuesday, nobody’s got a net. It’s going to be winner-take-all.”
The one thing that the Royals can look forward to is the recent history of the 2-3-2 World Series format. Teams down 3-2 in the series have come back to win eight of the last 10 times. Also, the team that has come back to win Game 6 at home have gone 14-1 since 1982.
Momentum has clearly been a factor, but we will have to see if the Royals can force a Game 7 or if the Giants can win it in six on the road.