Sam McPherson

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Giants’ Bumgarner Is The New World Series Hero

Pitcher Madison Bumgarner carried the San Francisco Giants to a third World Series win in 5 seasons. The Kansas City Royals fall just short.

10/30/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Pitching Matchup Favors Giants In Game 5

The Giants rolled over the Royals in World Series Game 4. A Bumgarner-Shields pitching matchup in Game 5 points to another Giants win.

10/26/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: World Series Game 4 Will Be Another Close One

Game 3 was pivotal in the World Series. And the Kansas City Royals’ win forces the San Francisco Giants to play from behind in Game 4.

10/25/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Royals Even Up World Series; Giants Not Worried

The Royals were back to their old selves against the Giants in Game Two. The World Series heads to San Francisco this weekend.

10/23/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Giants Hard To Beat After World Series Game 1 Win

The San Francisco Giants won the first game of the 2010 and 2012 World Series, which put them on the championship path both times.

10/22/2014

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: James Shields #33 of the Kansas City Royals throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 10, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Playoff Pinch Hits: James Shields-Wil Myers Trade A Success For Royals

The Kansas City Royals traded for starting pitcher James Shields before the 2013 season, giving up top hitting prospect Wil Myers.

10/19/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Travis Ishikawa #45 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after he hits a three-run walk-off home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Royals And Giants An Unlikely World Series Pairing

The World Series between the Royals and Giants will feature two teams that didn’t even win 90 games during the regular season.

10/18/2014

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Admit It Giants Fans, Nobody Else Wants Us To Win

The Giants beat the Cardinals to make the World Series. But baseball fans outside of San Francisco will be rooting for the Royals.

10/17/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: The Kansas City Royals celebrate their 2 to 1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the series in Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Kansas City Royals’ Streak May End In World Series

The Royals reach their first World Series since 1985 with 8 straight American League playoff wins, beating the Athletics, Angels and Orioles.

10/16/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants is removed from the game in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Are The Giants Headed For A 7-Game Series?

In the NLCS, the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are evenly matched. Baseball fans should hang on and enjoy the ride.

10/15/2014

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