MLB Playoff Series Nearing End, World Series Awaits

Nearing the MLB World Series, the Kansas City Royals, who won all eight of their playoff games and swept the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles, now await their opponent; the winner of the NLCS.  The NLCS, between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals is still in progress, but the Giants have the advantage, leading it 3-1.

If any of the remaining three games are won by the Giants, they will go on face the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.  The World Series is scheduled to begin October 21st.  I predict that the Kansas City Royals will win the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, with 4 wins to 2.

Several Lakeridge students gave their predictions and stated who they wanted to win as well.

“Even though I am rooting for the Giants to win the World Series, I think Kansas City will come away with the title,” said junior Luke Wood.

“Lets go Giants,” said senior Nick Rooney.

The Royals got their first win playing in Baltimore, with three home runs by left fielder Alex Gordon, shortstop Alcides Escobar and third baseman Mike Moustakas all for the Royals.  The final score was 8-6.

Their second win, in Baltimore again, came with one home run along with an RBI hit by Mike Moustakas.  The final score was 6-4 in extra innings.

Game three of the series was postponed due to heavy rains, but was played the next day and the Royals got their third win.  This game had a much lower score compared to the first two, but the final was 2-1.

The fourth and final game the Royals need to win, and did, had a home run by Baltimore third baseman Ryan Flaherty.  This game was also low in score, but the 2-1 victory advanced the Royals to the World Series.

As for the NLCS, the Giants have a big advantage over the Cardinals; they are leading it 3-1.

The Giants won the first game due to some timely hits to the outfield to get men on base, and error by the Cardinals.  The final score was 3-0 with run beings scored by Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence and Buster Posey.

In game two the Cardinals evened the series in St. Louis, winning 5-4 with three solo home runs and two RBI’s.  Kolten Wong also had a walkoff homer.

In game three the Cardinals dug themselves out of a 4-0 hole  with hits from Kolten Wong and held the giants until the 10th inning. Then with a single to first followed by a bunt set down down by Gregor Blanco that the Cardinals pitcher fielded and over through it to right field behind the first baseman.  An error by the Cardinals was the reason for their loss, as it allowed for the man on second to score.

Game five of the NLCS starts tonight at 8 pm.