San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 8:07 PM, FOX
The World Series kicks off tonight at 8:07 PM in Kansas City, Missouri. Madison Bumgarner will face off against “Big Game” James Shields. These two pitchers have been going in different directions during the postseason. While Bumgarner has set the standard for dominance in the postseason, Shields has struggled mightily.
Bumgarner set an all-time playoff record by throwing 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road and was named the NLCS MVP. He has been nothing short of brilliant, throwing nearly double the number of innings compared to any other pitcher this postseason. The Cardinals Adam Wainwright threw the second most innings with 16, 15.2 less than Bumgarner.
Sheilds hasn’t had nearly the same postseason. Known for pitching in big spots, he’s come up short for the Royals in multiple situations and will now pitch for the second time in the World Series. He started game two of the 2008 World Series against the Phillies, picking up the win.
28 years, 11 months and 25 days after the last World Series game at Kaufman Stadium, the Royals will try to continue their incredible run through October while the Giants look to win their third World Series in five years.