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Added November 4th, 2014 by Ian
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Interesting 2014 World Series Facts

The 2014 World Series recently came to a dramatic end as the San Francisco giants and Kansas City Royals went all seven games to decide a winner. The Royals also had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning in game seven as there was a runner on third base with the Giants ahead 3-2. However, they couldn’t cash him in to tie the game and the Giants won their third Major League Baseball crown in the last five years. They also captured the World Series in 2010 and 2012. The Royals were looking for their first title since back in 1985, which was also the last time they made the playoffs.

These are some interesting facts regarding the 2014 World Series.

The Giants bucked a recent trend by winning the series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas. This is because the last nine World Series that went all seven games were won by the home teams. The last time a road club managed to win the prize was back in the 1979 season when the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League beat the American League’s Baltimore Orioles.

However, in the history of the World Series there has been a total of 37 series that went the full seven games and the visiting team has won 19 of them compared to 18 by the home club. Ironically, the American League won the 2014 All-Star game and that’s why the Royals had home-field advantage.

Giants’ pitcher Madison Bumgarner was named the most valuable player of the 2014 World Series and this shouldn’t have shocked anybody. Bumgarner pitched a total of 21 innings in the series and allowed just one earned run. He set a new playoff record for innings pitched with 52 and 2/3 innings pitched. The 25-year-old left-hander won his third World Series and had a 2-0 record in this year’s series with a 0.43 ERA and one save.

Bumgarner has now pitched a total of 36 World Series innings with a 0.25 ERA. This is a record for pitchers who have thrown at least 25 World Series innings. He also set a record by striking out at least eight batters and walking none when he shut the Royals out in game five this year. In addition, he pitched the first five-inning save in World Series history in game seven.

While Bumgarner was exceptional, he wasn’t a one-man team. The Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval also set a new MLB postseason record. Sandoval had 26 hits in 71 plate appearances in the playoffs for a .366 batting average. The 26 hits are a new record for a player in a playoff year. The previous high was 25 and was shared by David Freese, Marquis Grissom, and Darin Erstad.

 
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