AL Playoffs

NL Playoffs


Giants jump all over the heat

Yordano Ventura's 96.8 MPH average fastball this season could be bad news for the Royals, as the Giants have a .284 BA vs. pitchers throwing gas 95 or higher, the best in the MLB -- and that rose to .377 in the playoffs.

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Ventura Brings The Heat

No MLB starter had a higher average fastball velocity than Game 2 starter Yordano Ventura this season.


Not sure Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence need the batting practice, especially if the duo hits in Game 2 like they did in Game 1: combined 4-for-7, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, HR.

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If the Giants win tonight to take a 2-0 lead on the road, it doesn't exactly bode well for their chances. Since 1975, only four teams have won Games 1 and 2 of the World Series on the road, and three of them went on to lose the championship.


Heading into Game 2, Royals' fans are asking for any help they can get, including from The Force.

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The Twins have declined their $3.6 million option for 2015 on reliever Jared Burton, the team announced today. Burton gets a $200,000 buyout and will be eligible for free agency after the World Series.


game 2 starting pitchers

Yordano Ventura will be the first Royals rookie to start a World Series game at any position. But Jake Peavy has an ERA of 6.42 in seven career starts in Kansas City.

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Jake Peavy went 012 over a span of 18 starts this season and will be the first pitcher ever to start a World Series game after losing at least eight consecutive decisions during the preceding regular season. (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)

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Ventura vs. Peavy: mixing speeds

Yordano Ventura ranked first among starters with an average fastball speed of 97 mph this season, while Jake Peavy was 66th. Yet Ventura's swinging strike percentage of 10.3 wasn't much better than Peavy's 9.3. Can the rookie flamethrower save the Royals?

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He's Back: Peavy in back-to-back WS

Tonight, Jake Peavy will become the third pitcher to start a game in consecutive World Series on different teams in different leagues:

  • Jake Peavy: 2013 Red Sox, 2014 Giants
  • Cliff Lee: 2009 Phillies, 2010 Rangers
  • Don Gullett: 1976 Reds, 1977 Yankees

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Let me live that fantasy

In 1985 George Brett and the Royals celebrated winning the World Series. 29 years later, can Kansas City do it again? Why these Royals are like those Royals

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