Before this World Series began, we simmed it five times and found that, unsurprisingly, it would likely go the distance, since four of the sims went seven games and the other one lasted six. We also called the series for the Royals, given the fact that they won three of the sims (all 7-game series) and our gut feeling that they had a bit more magic than the Giants possessed. (Or maybe that feeling in our gut was those tacos we had for lunch.)
So here we are: The Royals blasted the Giants, 10-0, in Game 6 to set up a final, winner-take-all Game 7. Tim Hudson vs. Jeremy Guthrie, with various starters available in relief, if necessary. We decided to do 10 sims of Game 7 and set up both teams accordingly, using their Game 6 lineups, since they were again facing righties, and we made the Game 6 starters unavailable.
We also made Giants reliever Jean Machi unavailable, since he pitched three innings in Game 6 — And since he also gave up two runs on five hits and now had an 8.10 ERA for the series, we figured Bochy likely wouldn’t want to bring him in anyway. (As you’ll see, though, A.I. Bochy decided to ride the Madison Bumgarner train to the championship whenever he could, with some interesting results.)
Here’s a look at the scores from the games: