World Series Update
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In game six of the Fall Classic tonight, the San Francisco Giants will try to win their third World Series in five years. The game, and the potential game seven, will be held in Kansas City.
On Sunday, the Royals were shut down by arguably one of the best pitchers in World Series history, Madison Bumgarner. He threw a complete game shutout, allowing four hits, no walks, with eight strikeouts.
Bumgarner is now 4-0 in the World Series, with an earned run average of 0.29, an MLB record, minimum 30 innings according to the New York Times. His two dominant wins this series have made him a favorite for the series MVP, should the Giants win.
Kansas City owes a lot to their hottest bat, Salvador Perez. In the World Series, he has a team high batting average of .357, with one home run and four RBIs. The Giants have out-produced the Royals in runs 22-15.
Outfielder Hunter Pence has led the offensive charge for San Francisco. He
is batting .467 with three walks, two doubles, five RBIs, a home run, with four runs.
This series is turning out far different than the regular season matchup between the two teams, in which Kansas City swept San Francisco. One possible reason for the change can be found in base running, and often underrated aspect of baseball.
In the three game August series between these teams, Kansas City took nine bases to the Giants’ two. Now, after five games, each team only has one stolen base.
Regardless of the past, Kansas City must win tonight if they want a chance to win the Fall Classic in game seven.
Graphic by Rianne Banuelos