Wild Card World Series

Raise your hand if you predicted a Royals-Giants World Series…

The notion of adding the second Wild Card two years ago was to provide added reward to the teams that won their divisions. This year, two Wild Card entries are in the World Series for the first time under the new postseason format and it’s the first time two Wild Card teams will duel in the Fall Classic since the Angels and Giants in 2002.

Phil Rogers of MLB.com has more on the Wild Card winners reaching the World Series.

Also — neither the Royals (89 wins), nor Giants (88 wins) were 90 game winners in the regular season.

And — the Giants were the SECOND NL Wild Card team. So it is possible for it to be done.

Although they ended the 2013 regular season on a five-game losing streak, if the Reds could have found a way past Pittsburgh last season, perhaps they too could have went on a roll like the Royals or Giants. One never knows.

While every team, including the Reds, should aspire to win their division, this should emphasize how doable it is to reach the playoffs — and beyond — if a team can put together a run.

The World Series begins on Tuesday at Kansas City. For my prediction, I like the Giants in six games.

30 Comments

Developing “toughness” in the postseason has often been derided as over-blown. The Giants are proving otherwise. ( And just ask the Nationals about that.) Baseball is a great game that often rewards a player that might have been a “goat”. Ishikawa is a classic example. Misjudging Jay’s liner and, then, an NLCS hero in the same game. Ain’t it great! Vis-a-vis Wild Card winners, this will probably go down as “The Year of the Underdog.”
Agree with your pick of the Giants in six games. (We’ll see.)

I like royals in seven games!

I was thinking the same thing great minds run in the same circle LOL. KC in seven.

Marty: You have been RIDING on too many elderly chair lifts

the reds got the wild card last year and how did that work out for them? they need to start aiming for the top prize every year like our supposed rival the cardinals. division champs or wild card winners they always make the playoffs and advance unlike the reds. I say supposed rivals because the reds can never beat these guys. they could be the hottest team in baseball and the min. they look up and see it’s the cardinals they are playing they fold. it is embarrassing to admit you are a fan when they play those guys.

MARK: WOULD OF— COULD OF— SHOULD OF….. DID ANYONE ELSE NOTICE THE LAST VIEW WEEKS THAT RBI’S WIN THE BIG GAMES…. IF NOT CONTACT ADAM WAINWRIGHT, AND ASK HIM….. AND AS THE ROYALS HAVE SHOWN, YOUTHFUL ENERGY IS CONTAGIOUS.

LET’S HOPE THE REDS ADD A BIG BOPPER (i.e. RBI’s), AND SOME OF THE YOUNG “PROSPECTS”….BRING THIS TO THE 2015 REDS..

Don’t hold your breath.

Why are you yelling?

Too much caffeine this morning Mark… or a caps lock key on inadvertently…. My apologies….Thanks for your exceptional journalism….and keeping the baseball addicts fed…. Where would we be without you and Paul “DOC” in cinti????

It is still about scoring runs though…..

Yelling ? What are you talking about ? Pick on someone else ! I’m not the only one who writes negative posts .

Wasn’t replying to you Jim. It was the comment in all caps

It was pitching, especially the bullpen, defense, smart base-running with some speed, small-ball, capitalizing on the other team’s errors when the pitching wasn’t so good, offense (long and short), OBP, and hitting with runners in scoring position- in other words- the Giants and the Royals were the teams that played the most perfect on a consistent basis. That’s why they have won the big games.

Okay . Thanks Mark for letting me know . I do enjoy this blog . I appreciate what you do .

Smith got fired as third base coach today.

Step 1 accomplished. Good! Now we wait and see what else is coming.

Has to be some accountability. Too many rally killing situations.

The rest of the coaching staff includes bench coach Jay Bell, hitting coach Don Long, pitching coach Jeff Pico, first base coach Billy Hatcher, assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley, assistant pitching coach Mack Jenkins and catching coach Mike Stefanski.
All are expected to return next season.

The Wild Ass MLB cotinues to erode the game of baseball by showing its’ true BIG BUSINESS colors. Now we have the Wizzard of New York making calls with no rime or reason as to why they know better than the actual eye witness and no ID of who they, he, or she is! rediculous !!!
And now some so called fans will be watching what could have been the World Series replaced by two teams that failed to even win the own divisions an absolute mockery that totally discredits the entire regular season.
Well I for one will be waiting to watch my next game come April of 2015 and can only dream for now about a time when the World Series and MLB actually had meaning.

Hey Larry: Why don’t you Tell us how you really feel?…T2

I agree with Larry on most points . I could live with one WC but not two. Especially with a one game series . Sad to to say , but it’s all about the MONEY !!!!

AGREE

I tried watching the World Series but fell asleep during what seemed like an hour commercial break ! So much for speeding up games . Once again TV and money win out .

I like the radio duo: Dan Shulman & Aaron Boone. Real enjoyable.

ESPN?

Yeah – 1530 am.

Thanks!

Course Fri nite football runs on local radio…I picked up this stream from KC radio network – http://www.1490thejock.com/wp/

Jim : thanks for the link…listened to the game last night waiting on my flight in ATL…. on my i phone….like grade school all over again with the hidden transistor radio and hidden ear piece from Sister Mary’s wrath and ruler…

Strong rumor Kevin Towers will join the Reds front office.

It wouldn’t surprise me since Towers time has come and gone, Just like Jocketty’s favorite kind of player to bring on board.

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