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 28: Tim Collins #55 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Royals Pitching Will Be The Difference In Game 7

The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals take the World Series to Game 7. Strong Royals pitching will win a close one for KC.

10/29/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 26: Fans cheer during Game Five of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park on October 26, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Giants Under More Pressure Than Royals To Win

The Giants have a larger payroll than the Royals… by a lot. They also have the 3-2 World Series edge, and way more pressure to win.

10/28/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 26: James Shields #33 of the Kansas City Royals looks on against the San Francisco Giants during Game Five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 26, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Trailing Royals Get Advantage Playing At Home

Giants lead the World Series 3-2 on Bumgarner’s masterful outing. But for the Royals, returning to Kansas City could help them win out.

10/27/2014

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: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the first 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 Getting More Value From Payroll Than Giants

The Kansas City Royals are one of MLB’s thriftiest teams, while the San Francisco Giants are one of its highest-spending teams.

10/24/2014

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

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Kansas City Royals fans cheer against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Playoff Pinch Hits: Why The Royals Will Win The World Series In 6 Games

The Giants and Royals got to the World Series by playing better baseball than better teams. Which team will emerge as champion?

10/21/2014

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