World Series 2014
In a dramatic shift from last year’s Fall Classic, which featured teams with the best regular-season records in baseball, the 2014 World Series is instead comprised of two Wild Card winners (Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants) that tallied less than 90 wins on the year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the former is a first under the current postseason format, the second such matchup ever, and first since 2002, while the latter has perhaps surprisingly, never happened before.
As detailed by ESPN Stats and Information, it also will be the first-ever World Series between teams from California and Missouri and also the first time that the Royals and Giants have ever met in the postseason in general. Additionally, to add insult to injury, San Francisco’s 4-1 defeat of St. Louis in the NLCS allowed the franchise to reach its National League-leading 20th World Series, a feat previously held by the Cardinals. Meanwhile, Kansas City’s sweep of Baltimore brought the squad’s consecutive win total to eight for the 2014 playoffs, making it the first time an MLB team has started the postseason with eight straight wins. Dating back to 1985, when the Royals recorded three consecutive wins to secure its last World Series title, the streak currently sits at 11 – just one away from matching the Yankees’ all-time mark.
While the stats and notes are certainly interesting, all that matters now for the pennant-winning San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals is securing four more wins. And if the earlier rounds have been any indication, it’s sure to be a remarkable finish.
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