Kansas City Royals win game six 10-0, forcing game 7 against Giants

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Norichika Aoki #23 and Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals celerbate with their teammates after scoring in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 28: Norichika Aoki #23 and Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate with their teammates after scoring in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The Kansas City Royals exploded offensively to even the World Series at three games a piece and force a highly anticipated game 7, beating the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday, October 28 in their home stadium.

Entering game 6, the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants gave baseball fans some exciting a series which so far featured entertaining games. The Giants were up three games to two with Kansas City having at least one more chance to continue the series in their home stadium.

The Royals hope their home crowd provides them with enough momentum to force a game 7.

The Royals hope their home crowd provides them with enough momentum to force a game 7.

So far, both teams have played up to their strengths. The Giants behind ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner have been able to stifle the Royals win he is on the mound. The Royals on the other hand, have been able to hold their leads when they are stellar bullpen comes into the game. The Royals’ rabid fan base can propelled them to a game six victory and force a game seven. Meanwhile, the Giants were trying to establish somewhat of a dynasty by winning their third World Series in five years.

The Giants can win their third World Series in five years, albeit with many changes to each winning roster.

The Giants can win their third World Series in five years, albeit with many changes to each winning roster.

The play on the field has made up for the lack of star power associated with the teams coming into the series. The Giants have had a different ace each time they’ve been to the World Series, while the Royals have had so much turnover on their roster that many of their players have only been there for less than three years. The Royals delivered big time on Tuesday night during a pivotal game six, giving baseball fans and Royals fans in particular, a huge lift and a big reason to hope that they can win it all..–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr is a sports aficionado and a management and employee consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com. For business inquiries call (646) 309-1938.

Specific things to look for when the 2014 MLB playoffs begin 9/30/14

Many are predicting an all Los Angeles World  Series based off of the stellar play by two of the best players in MLB, Mike Trout of the Angels (l) and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (r).

Many are predicting an all Los Angeles World Series based off the stellar play by two of the best players in MLB, Mike Trout of the Angels (l) and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (r).

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Major League Baseball (MLB) teams will start their World Series push with the Wildcard round beginning for the American League (AL) on September 30 and the National League (NL) starting on October 1. Some of the sports’ biggest stars will be center stage while some teams will be making their first appearance in the playoffs for quite some time.

The Oakland A's will have their top trade acquisition Jon Lester on the mound to take on the Royals top trade acquisition from a season ago in James Shields as the AL WIldcard begins Sept. 30.

The Oakland A’s will have their top trade acquisition Jon Lester on the mound to take on the Royals top trade acquisition from a season ago in James Shields as the AL WIldcard begins Sept. 30.

The AL Wildcard game is between the Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals. The winner of that game will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem in the Divisional Series. The other Divisional Series will feature the Detroit Tigers versus the Baltimore Orioles.

Former NL MVP's Buster Posey (l) and Andrew McCutchen (r) are in positions to build on their personal resume with good performances by their  teams this postseason.

Former NL MVP’s Buster Posey (l) and Andrew McCutchen (r) are in positions to build on their personal resume with good performances by their teams this postseason.

The NL Wildcard game is between the San Fransisco Giants and Pitsburgh Pirates. The winner will face the Washington Nationals in the Divisional Series. The other Divisional Series will feature the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Detroit Tigers hope that former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (r) and former MVP Miguel Cabrera can lead the team on another deep playoff run.

The Detroit Tigers hope that former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (r) and former MVP Miguel Cabrera can lead the team on another deep playoff run.

There are three questions that are already present as the playoffs begin:

1) Will AL pitching carry their teams through the playoffs?

The conventional wisdom when it comes to AL teams is their offense tends to carry them as the Designated Hitter (DH) allows teams to have more offense regularly. While this is mostly true, recent examples from the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Detroit Tigers have shows that pitching has been more valuable and consistent for AL teams lately. Starting pitching usually gets the headlines but pitchers out of the bullpen are more important in the post-season when scoring is at a premium. With only 13 Blown Saves and an %81 Save percentage, the Kansas City Royals can make this first playoff appearance in 29 years a memorable one.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright (r) will have their hands full trying to slow down Adrian Gonzalez (l) and his Dodgers teammates this post-season.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright (r) will have their hands full trying to slow down Adrian Gonzalez (l) and his Dodgers teammates this post-season.

2) Will power bats be present for NL teams in these playoffs?

There was a period recently when teams like the Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, or the Cincinnati Reds would be built with plenty of offense and power in the middle of the lineup. That period has changed drastically as none of the 4 NL playoff teams had a player on their team that hit for more than 30 Home Runs (HR). Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers is the only NL player with more than 100 Runs Batted In (RBI), leading the NL with 116 RBI. Since runs will be at a premium, those quick scores will make a huge impact on the outcomes of series. With the Pirates finishing the season third in the NL in HR’s and Slugging percentage, they seems prepared to use some quick scoring to put them over the top and advance through the post-season.

Bryce Harper (l) plays with lots of flare and energy for the Nationals. The same can be said for Yasiel Puig (r) for the Dodgers.

Bryce Harper (l) plays with lots of flare and energy for the Nationals. The same can be said for Yasiel Puig (r) for the Dodgers.

3) Which of MLB’s stars will shine the brightest in the playoffs?

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) is regarded by most baseball pundits as the best pitcher in the game. Mike Trout (Angels) holds the distinction by many as being the best all around player in the game. Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) has earned the title as the best hitter in baseball over the past few seasons. All of these players will have a chance to build their post-season resumes this year. Former MVP’s like Buster Posey (Giants), Justin Verlander (Tigers), and Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) will also have chances to enhance their playoff legacy. Young stars like Yasiel Puig (Dodgers) and Bryce Harper (Nationals) will also have the spotlight on them as the march to the World Series begins for MLB teams on Tuesday.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.