It could all be over tonight. If the Giants win in Game 6 in Kansas City, that will be that, their third title in five years, the National League ascendant, whatever. It's an easier task for the Royals tonight compared to in Game 5. Jake Peavy is not exactly Madison Bumgarner.
It's been hard to be excited for either outcome in this World Series. Mostly it feels like the Orioles could have been here, and since they aren't, what is the point? This is not a fatigue for the World Series that I've ever felt before, perhaps because the last time the O's came so close, I was 13. Someone has to win, though. That's just the way it goes. Maybe the Royals will take this one down and extend the series to Game 7.
That's good just because the offseason is long, dark, and cold. We are at most two days away from having over five months with no real baseball. Does that mean it's better if the Royals win and take this series to Game 7? If that's one's motivation, then I suppose so. I can muster no enthusiasm for such a triumph, nor for it to be over.
|SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS||KANSAS CITY ROYALS|
|Gregor Blanco - CF||Alcides Escobar - SS|
|Joe Panik - 2B||Norichika Aoki - RF|
|Buster Posey - C||Lorenzo Cain - CF|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Eric Hosmer - 1B|
|Hunter Pence - RF||Billy Butler - DH|
|Brandon Belt - 1B||Alex Gordon - LF|
|Mike Morse - DH||Salvador Perez - C|
|Travis Ishikawa - LF||Mike Moustakas - 3B|
|Brandon Crawford - SS||Omar Infante - 2B|
|Jake Peavy - RHP||Yordano Ventura - RHP|