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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Kansas City Royals fans cheer against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Why The Royals Will Win The World Series In 6 Games

The Giants and Royals got to the World Series by playing better baseball than better teams. Which team will emerge as champion?

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: The San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Giants’ World Series Win Won’t Make Them A Dynasty

The San Francisco Giants could win a third World Series in five seasons by beating the Kansas City Royals. But it won’t make them a dynasty.

10/20/2014

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: James Shields #33 of the Kansas City Royals throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 10, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Playoff Pinch Hits: James Shields-Wil Myers Trade A Success For Royals

The Kansas City Royals traded for starting pitcher James Shields before the 2013 season, giving up top hitting prospect Wil Myers.

10/19/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Travis Ishikawa #45 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after he hits a three-run walk-off home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Royals And Giants An Unlikely World Series Pairing

The World Series between the Royals and Giants will feature two teams that didn’t even win 90 games during the regular season.

10/18/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with fans after their 2 to 1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the series in Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Royals Will Be Fan Favorites In World Series

The Giants beat the Cardinals to make the World Series. But baseball fans outside of San Francisco will be rooting for the Royals.

10/17/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: The Kansas City Royals celebrate their 2 to 1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the series in Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Kansas City Royals’ Streak May End In World Series

The Royals reach their first World Series since 1985 with 8 straight American League playoff wins, beating the Athletics, Angels and Orioles.

10/16/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants is removed from the game in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: NLCS Could Go Seven Games This Year

In the NLCS, the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are evenly matched. Baseball fans should hang on and enjoy the ride.

10/15/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 13: Rain collects on seats in the stadium to postpone Game Three of the American League Championship Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on October 13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Predicting The World Series Matchup

The Royals lead the Orioles 2-0. The Cardinals and Giants are tied at one game. What’s the chance of each possible World Series matchup?

10/14/2014

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 12: Joaquin Arias #13 of the San Francisco Giants breaks his bat in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Wild-Card Teams Dominating MLB Postseason

The Royals and Giants, both wild-card teams, could each make the World Series. The top MLB regular-season teams are out, again. Is this good for baseball?

10/13/2014

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11: Alcides Escobar #2 celebrates with teammate Billy Butler #16 after scoring on Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals RBI single to left field in the ninth inning against Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 11, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Playoff Pinch Hits: It’s All Kansas City In The American League Playoffs

The Royals have a six-game winning streak in the 2014 MLB postseason. And now they head back to Kansas City with a 2-0 lead over the Orioles in the ALCS.

10/12/2014

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