World Series Game 7 Questions


Oct 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals fans hold up a sign before game seven of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight is Game 7 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. Winner take all. What are the big questions going into the game? Here are three questions headed into tonight’s game to think about.

Oct 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

Madison Bumgarner

before game six of the 2014 World Series before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

1.Will Madison Bumgarner pitch?

If Bumgarer does pitch, it will not be in a starting role. How long he will go depends on how much endurance he has and when he enters the game. However, since he has all offseason to rest it should be a lot.

My guess is he would be a great pitcher to bring in a tight situation in the middle innings. If Hudson can go deep into the game, Bumgarner is tough on lefties, therefore he would be a good matchup for Eric Hosmer or Mike Moustakas.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has the option of using both Jeremy Affeldt and Bumgarner from the left side in this game. It is a great luxury to have, however, consider the fact that it will be all hands on deck for both teams and each manager will be playing with a full deck of cards.

2.Can Tim Hudson pitch better than in Game 3?

The Giants are hoping the answer to this question is yes.

Considering the fact that the Royals are riding a wave of momentum and are at home so it will be tough. Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie has pitched well in the postseason, and he will be a tough mound opponent for Hudson.

It will be interesting how Hudson responds to the atmosphere in Kansas City Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. If he responds well, expect a tight ballgame, because the Royals should play well in a Game 7 at home.

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3.How will each team play considering the situation/atmosphere?

I think each team will be fine regarding the situation.

Both teams are built to handle October baseball, and how they deal with the crowd is different all together. The Royals will have 40K plus on their side, and they will be energized by the crowd.

Meanwhile, it is key for the Giants to keep the crowd out of the game. If the Royals are able to keep the crowd in it, any momentum swing will drastically favor Kansas City. If the Giants are able to get a big lead they should be in good shape.

When this series started I picked the Royals to win in six games. I will have to extend that to seven now, with the Royals winning the World Series tonight.

This was a great series, considering the fact that it went the distance. Both teams were evenly matched, and the fact that the Giants failed to win Game 3 at home may indeed come back to haunt them.