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Giants Win World Series In Thrilling Game Seven 3-2 Against Royals

In one of the most exciting finishes in recent memory, the San Francisco Giants nabbed their third World Series Championship in five years after finishing off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game Seven in Missouri. No road team has won Game Seven on the road in nearly 35 years, but all of the pieces came together as the Giants cemented their place in history and ended the Cinderella-like story for the Royals.
The Royals came into the series as the hottest team in baseball. They surged into the playoff as the Wild Card team from the AL Central, and they didn’t lose a game until Game One of the World Series. That streak included a thrilling 12-inning win in a Wild-Card game against Oakland, followed by sweeps of the Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles.
However, all of their momentum stopped when Madison Bumgarner came out and led the Giants to a 7-1 win in Game One and turned the series on its head. The Royals would find a way to get wins in games two and three, but the Giants ended up winning two in a row in games four and five. In that Game Five win, Bumgarner earned his second win of the series, and said he’d be ready to go in Game Six as well.
The Giants decided against using Bumgarner in Game Six, as the Royals got off to a quick start and eventually routed San Francisco 10-0. But when it came down to it and they needed him most, Bumgarner would enter Game Seven in the fourth inning and close it out with five scoreless innings as he earned the save.
Bumgarner’s dominating performance in Game Seven and throughout the rest of the series earned him the World Series MVP Trophy. When Bumgarner entered the game in relief, he became just the second pitcher since 2001 to pitch on two or fewer days of rest. The other team to try this was the Arizona Diamondbacks, and that worked well when they upset the Yankees in the 2001 World Series.
Despite being just a year removed from a 2012 championship, the Giants were at 20-1 odds before the season started. They certainly turned those odds around, as they showed just how dominating they can be once they reach the postseason. The Giants have now won 10 postseason series in a row, which is just one shy of the record the Yankees set from 1998-2001.
As for the Royals, it’s hard to see things come to such a bitter end. All of the talk before the series was about how they haven’t been to the World Series in over 30 years, and they captivated the baseball world with their small-ball style of play. They gave the Giants all they could, but the story came to an end for a team that was originally slated at 50/1 odds.
The good news for Royals fans, if there is any to be had, is that they have a young team that has made surprising leaps and bounds over the last few years. They are no longer the laughing stock of the league, and they look as if they could come right back next season and make another run. They currently are listed at 14/1 odds to win the 2015 World Series, which puts them only behind the Dodgers, Nationals, Tigers and Angels.
As for the Giants, they currently sit at 18/1 odds to win next season. And though the road to repeat is never easy, it’s apparent that the Giants aren’t concerned about being overlooked and will be ready to bring it come next fall.