Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Kansas City Royals win Season 19 World Series

Royals knock off the Padres 4 Games to 3

Kansas City, MO (McC) Season 19 World Series saw the number one seeds in both leagues faceoff in the fall classic for the first time since season 5, when the National League number one seed Florida Marlins (100-62) won the title over the American League number one seed San Francisco Giants (103-59) four games to one. Last year we saw the Kansas City Royals (100-62) defeat San Diego Padres (111-51) four games to three.   

The Odd Makers

Kansas City was ignored all season by the Vegas odds makers and the McCabe Magazine’s power rankings, never climbing higher than 7 on this prestige’s magazine rankings. The Royals were facing the McCabe Magazine darlings, and defending World Series Champions, the San Diego Padres. The Padres were installed a heavy favorite going into the postseason at 2-1 to win their third world championship. The bookmakers pointed to the Padres win total of 111 games, and the dominating pitching staff, which led the league in team ERA (3.19). The Royals closed on the Las Vegas Hilton at a 7-1 underdog going into the series. Why, I don’t know, you’re asking the wrong guy. I’m the dummy that posted the odds and wrote the postseason preview article. That said; let’s take a look at the Royals from season 19. The first thing that jumps off the page is the fact that this team led the league with a team batting average of 300, and was second in the league with a .838 team OPS. Good pitching stops good hitting, right? WRONG!

The KC Bombers

This team was led by a collection of professional hitters which included first ballot Hall of Framer, season 19 major league batting champion, and 8 time MVP Tony Cortes (29 HR, 112 RBI, 364 BA), Barry Henley (24 HR, 102 RBI, 325 BA), and Shannon High (24 HR, 100 RBI, 297 BA). Will the Royals repeat in season 20? We doubt it, Cortes and High both left in the off season, signing lucrative contracts with the New York Mets and Rochester Broncos respectfully. The only question about these signing is this; Cortes is 33 years old and High is 35. How many years do they have left? Only time will tell.

Postseason MVP  

John Burke
Kansas City
Age: 27B/T: R/R
Born: Bloomdale, OH
Position(s): DH/C
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Postseason Stats: 4 Home Runs 22 Runs Batted In .381 Batting Average

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