The San Francisco Giants took game 1 of the World Series scoring plenty of runs in the first to put Madison Bumgarner on cruise control. “It’s over” cried the media, the Giants have a lock.
The Kansas City Royals took game 2 of the World Series with a knockout blow in the bottom of the 6th. “The ball is in the Royals’ hands, they are certain to take it all” proclaimed the media. While the style of play greatly differed for both teams in each of the first two games, the end result left the media declaring a clear winner.
MadBum is a force and was a force in game 1. James Shields, an extraordinary pitcher in his own right, simply wasn’t up to the challenge that night. Will Bumgarner guarantee a victory in game 4? Probably, but that only guarantees the Giants two wins. We still have some baseball to play.
We don’t believe any series really starts to close the door until a team has won 3 games. And even then, the door is open wide enough for teams to slip through. In 2013 and 2012, the Red Sox and Giants respectively got to “3” first and went on to win the Series. But the 2011 Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead over the Cardinals and ended up losing the final two games in St. Louis. You then have to go back to 2002 to see a 3-game advantage for the Giants disappear when they lost games 6 and 7 in Anaheim to the Angels.
So who has the advantage? We don’t really care! With the ability for an inning, a game or an entire series to shift on a dime, we like the prospect of some great baseball in what we hope will be a lengthy series. Advantage everyone.