2014 World Series: Kansas City Royals vs San Francisco Giants
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The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants start the 2014 World Series on Tuesday. Some Royals’ players were not even born when Kansas City last reached the World Series while several Giants’ players have tasted the sweet victory of World Series twice in the past few years. Now, the Giants are in the hunt for hat trick. This experience cannot be undervalued.
Both teams have been stories of the autumn. The Royals have won all of their playoff games, and they have been especially good in tight situations: 6 games out of last 8 have been decided less than 2 runs. The Royals look like a team of destiny.
At the same time, the Giants have only dropped a few games on the way to World Series. Their road has been arguably more difficult. Many experts predicted the Washington Nationals, the St. Louis Cardinals or even the Pittsburgh Pirates to make the World Series ahead of San Francisco. The Giants, however, emerged as champions of the National League.
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Accuscore predicted every World Series game, and the series is not easy to decipher. Although most of the games set up as coin flips, the Giants have a slight edge. Post season pitching is a vital factor, and one of the reasons the Giants have their edge is their red hot starters Madison Baumgartner and Tim Hudson. When this duo is starting, the Giants are generally 55-45 favorites.
Based on our 10,000 simulations performed on each game, the most probable outcome is that Giants winning the series in 5 games. If they cannot clinch it in 5, the next potential scenario is Giants to win it in 7. There is higher probability for Giants to win in 4 than Royals to win in any scenario, but the Royals are favored to win the second game of the series.