World Series
The World Series trophy, displayed here in AT&T Park, might be headed back to the bay this fall. Reuters

There’s been only one certainty in this year’s MLB playoffs: chaos. It’s been an unpredictable post-season thus far, and needless to say there have been more twists, turns, and surprises, than an episode of Walking Dead. In fact, it is precisely the teams that were once “Walking Dead,” that we believe will be in the fall classic this year.

After two weeks of baseball we have learned that predictions are nothing but a crapshoot. The best pitcher on the planet, Clayton Kershaw, was crushed not once, but twice by the St. Louis Cardinals for the second consecutive year, and the supposed “most complete team in baseball”, the Washington Nationals, were nothing more than a complete disaster against a team that claimed the fifth and final wild card spot just days before the season ended.

The Detroit Tigers and their three Cy Young winners went down faster than you can say, “strike one, strike two, strike three you’re out!” and the team with the best record in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels (many people’s pick to win the World Series), were eliminated before their trio of MVPs could even catch their breath. With game one of the World Series scheduled to begin one week from today on Tuesday, October 21st, on FOX, we predict who will earn the right to play in the fall classic.

American League:

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning in game two of the 2014 ALCS playoff against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Cinderella is hanging out in the Power & Light District these days and it’s safe to say she left her glass slipper in the heart of downtown. Nobody picked the Royals to go to the World Series, and when we say nobody, we mean nobody. Nevertheless, the Royals are defying the odds on their improbable run through the post season. A team of nameless players are using speed and athleticism to sweep their way through the post season. As of right now, they are 6-0 in the playoffs, and we have no reason to believe their luck will run out anytime soon.

That’s not to say that the Baltimore Orioles couldn’t win two games on the road and turn the ALCS series around, but if past history suggest anything, it’s that no team has lost the first two games at home and gone on to win a seven game series. The Royals bullpen has been lights out so far with relievers, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland leading the charge. If the Royals can take a lead into the 7th inning or later, good luck coming back, these guys are unhittable.

The Royals have also won an unprecedented four games so far in extra innings, more than any other team in MLB history, and just in case you didn’t know, all the other teams on the list of most extra inning victories in the post season went on to win the World Series. Royals pin running specialist shared our belief best when asked by the Kansas City Star on Monday whether or not the series would return to Baltimore, “No sir, I don’t. And I don’t think they (the Orioles) think that either.”

Prediction: Kansas City Royals in 5

National League:

San Francisco Giants

Madison Bumgarner
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in game one of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at Busch Stadium. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants have been flawless for most of this post season. Ironically it seems like every even numbered year San Francisco finds a way back into the World Series. They won the fall classic in 2010 and 2012, and we believe they will return to win it again in 2014. Madison Bumgarner is doing what all the other previous Cy Young winners couldn’t, win! Not only has Bumgarner been dominate, he’s been doing it mostly on the road. With travel days off in the NLCS, its possible Bumgarner could pitch two more times in the series against St. Louis meaning they will only need one more win to advance again.

This pick is more about the Cardinals than it is about the Giants. In 2010 and 2012 when the Giants won the World Series, they had to go through St. Louis and they did it with ease. For whatever reason, they seem to have the Cardinals number and that matters in the post season. The Cardinals thought they could counter Bumgarner with their own ace, Adam Wainwright, but thus far he has looked terrible in the playoffs. With Wainwright struggling, and Yadier Molina hurt, the Cardinals don’t have a chance against the Giants. Both teams match up pretty well, but the Giants now have home field advantage, their opponents injured, and Bumgarner lurking.

Prediction: San Francisco Giants in 6

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