The World Serious

I was pulling for the Cubs, in honor of my late Father, a die-hard Cubs fan, but now that they were swept by the Mets, my way is clear to support the Kansas City Royals, the team that got me first seriously interested in baseball, back when I was a grad student at the University of Kansas.  Those were the days of George Brett, Freddy Patek, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen.  That was the last and only time the Royals won the World Series.

Any predictions about the series?  (We’ll check our prognostications made at the beginning of the season to see if anyone predicted this matchup.) [Read more…]

Baseball predictions result show

Here at the Cranach Institute, we not only make predictions, we check them.  Twice at this blog, at the beginning of the baseball season and at the beginning of the playoffs, we held a forum to predict what baseball teams would make it through the playoffs and which one would win the World Series.

We now know that the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, the two wild-card teams, met in the World Series.  After the full seven games–all of them quite exciting, with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner somehow winning three of them–San Francisco won, for the third time in five years.

So did anyone predict these outcomes?  The answer after the jump. [Read more…]

Two wild cards in the World Series

The Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants will meet in the World Series starting tomorrow.  That will be only the second time that the two wild-card teams played each other in the World Series.  Since the wild card–not the division champions but the teams with the next best record–was instituted in 1995, a wild card team made it to the series 10 times and won it 5 times.

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The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series!

The Kansas City Royals, which taught me to love baseball long ago, have hit the fewest home runs in the major leagues, relying on speed, defense, and pitching.  But they swept the mighty Orioles, after also sweeping the mighty Angels.  And now they are in the World Series. [Read more…]

The World Series is all red

The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Boston Red Sox in the World Series starting Wednesday.  For the first time I can remember, both of the teams that I was rooting for in their respective league playoffs were victorious.  The playoff games were indeed fascinating, and the pitching was awe-inspiring.  In the World Series, I’m for the Cardinals.  I predict they will win it in six games.  What do you think?

The World Series

The San Francisco Giants did to the St. Louis Cardinals what the Cardinals had been doing to everyone else, coming back from near certain elimination to advance to the World Series.  They are playing the Detroit Tigers, a team that has the thanks and admiration of most of the baseball world for humiliating the New York Yankees by sweeping them in four games.

So, fellow baseball fans, who do you like in the World Series that began last night with an 8-3 Giants win?  That is to say, who do you think will win AND whom would you like to win?

I think I will pull for the Tigers.  Detroit is a beaten down city that could use the boost.


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