The World Series kicks off tonight with Game 1 between two teams with something in common – and not merely the fact that their hometowns are popularly abbreviated by their initials. The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals both reached Major League Baseball’s pinnacle in easy fashion and have now each gotten a good chunk of rest heading into tonight’s game. KC has yet to lose a postseason game, cruising through their ALDS and ALCS series, while SF has been nearly as dominant over its National League opponents – and tonight, the unstoppable force meets the proverbial immovable object on national television.
San Francisco is sending pitcher Madison Bumgarner to the mound, while Kansas City is trotting out James Shields tonight. But while starting pitchers are accustomed to several days rest between playing, it’s the position players from both teams who have been placed in the odd position of sitting on their hands since their respective series ended. Tonight’s Game 1 should offer the first hint as to which players have used the time off to recover from lingering injury and freshen up their focus, and which players have allowed the downtime to make them rusty.
KC Royals vs SF Giants in Game One of the 2014 World Series has a start time tonight of 8:00pm eastern time and airs on TV channel FOX Network.