Miles: Why the Giants will win World Series

  • Having Madison Bumgarner available to start Game 1 of the World Series figures to be a big plus for the San Francisco Giants.

    Having Madison Bumgarner available to start Game 1 of the World Series figures to be a big plus for the San Francisco Giants. Associated Press

 
 
Posted10/21/2014 5:30 AM

Count me among those caught up in what the Kansas City Royals have done this postseason. And I'll be cheering for them in the World Series.

But it says here the ride ends for the Royals against the San Francisco Giants.

 

What's not to like about the Royals? They're the small-market darlings who've gone on a perfect run in October. On top of that, former Cubs manager Dale Sveum is going to the World Series one year after being fired.

Sveum joined the coaching staff of Royals manager Ned Yost almost immediately after being let go by the Cubs and was named hitting coach on May 29. Going from a then-hopeless situation in Chicago to getting a championship ring with the Royals in just more than a year's time would have to be sweet for Sveum.

Looking at things dispassionately, there are too many reasons for me to like the Giants.

Let's start with the managers. Giants boss Bruce Bochy is bound for Cooperstown someday. He already has won two World Series with the Giants and been in another as manager of the Padres.

A former catcher, Bochy knows the game inside and out, and his low-key approach has worked well in both San Diego and San Francisco. He knows what buttons to push and when to press down or let up on the gas pedal.

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On the other hand, Yost has lived a charmed life. Some of his decisions -- such as relying too much on the sacrifice bunt -- have raised eyebrows. But it all has worked out for Yost this October, so who's to argue with the end result?

I also like the Giants' experience. They've been here before, and they've played like it in the postseason, especially coming off a somewhat tumultuous regular season in which they blew a big divisional lead to the Los Angeles Dodgers and had to settle for a wild-card spot.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a former World Series MVP, and his presence both on and off the field has been important for the Giants. Having pitcher Madison Bumgarner available to start Game 1 also should be a big plus for the Giants, who will need early leads to avoid facing the teeth of the strong Kansas City bullpen.

Like everybody else, I'm hoping for an entertaining, seven-game World Series, but with apologies to Sveum, George Brett, Lorde and fellow barbecue lovers everywhere, it looks to me like Giants in six games.

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