Against all odds? LOL... KC hasn't even made the playoffs since 1985! Now THATS against all odds. I sure didn't want them to play San Fran in the World Series though. I'm just hoping that the Giants don't sweep the series.
Kansas City's run has been nothing short of magical... out of nowhere they barely make the wildcard by one game, win it over the A's in extra innings. Go on to face the Angels and sweep them, winning 3 games in a row in extra innings, and on to the Orioles and sweep them too.
The Royals are the sports story so far this whole year, along with both semis in men's US Open in tennis, imho.
Giants were against all odds because of many high profile losses:
1) Besides pitcher Cain and star hitter Pagan in injury this year, other bad things happened in recent years like our star closer in Brian Wilson who threw last pitch in SF's first WS going to rival LA and enjoying postseason play in 2013 when we were sitting at home.
2) Our next star closer who threw last pitch in 2012 Romo lost his position.
3) Our 2010 WS MVP Renteria is gone.
4) We lost 2010 strikeout ace Jonathan Sanchez.
5) Our NLCS hero Scutaro got hurt and isn't on 2014 roster.
6) There's no Huff.
7) No Ross.
eight) No Cy Young winner Zito.
nine) No Uribe.
ten) No Freddie Sanchez.
And these are all players who have rings from either the recent 2010 WS team or 2012 team, or both who are not with us entering Kansas City.
What type of bad luck in trades, retirements, and injuries could just one team face in a mere 5 years? At different times, each of these players were franchise players for the club and we lost them all either forever or as starters for 2014.
Add to that we have a 37 and 39 year old pair of pitchers still as starters in our rotation. Would you want that? Too much fresh blood is out there doing well on other teams while we have two guys who may play their last MLB games of their careers. And of who is left on our rotation, Peavey is not a spring chicken at 33 in a position that eats up many players before their 30th birthday. Our only 20-something pitchers, which ideally all starters should be entering WS play, are Bumgarner and Petit. And as for hitting, we are among the least productive lineup in the postseason.
How's that for against all odds? We may be a dynasty in the making but we are no Red Sox nor Yankees when it comes to stalwart stars. Is it harder to have a team that is coming into their peak like KC or a team that has had peaked players but seen them disappear at an alarming rate?
KC has the physical and mental and fan-based edges in the 2014 WS and they are or should be the easy favorite. Again in postseason play, the 70-1 odds Giants (when postseason started) are the underdogs.
Early odds give a slight edge to KC:
Who are you betting on when one team is at best peak in years while another is a remnant of a 2012 WS team that is yet a remnant of a 2010 WS team? Each time, the Giants have had an arguably weaker roster and it's a weak regular season we had, too with a wild card entry as the best we could do with just 88 wins and having to play the other wild card team at their home field.