MLB World Series Expert Picks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: The San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating 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.

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The Experts
Picks Overview
  Terry Foster Evan Roberts Dan Roche Brandon Tierney
San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals
Giants in 6. Giants in 5. Royals in 7. Giants in 6.
Picks Analysis
San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals
Terry Foster, 97.1 The Ticket, CBS Detroit
Terry Foster, 97.1 The Ticket, CBS Detroit
Giants in 6.
Let me be clear. I am rooting for the Kansas City Royals. I love this team, and I love how they play. The Royals are athletic, exciting, unbeaten and playing like they don't give a damn. That is how I lead my life. However, the San Francisco Giants play the game the right way. They are fundamentally sound, get big hits and are on a roll of their own. And don't the Giants win this thing every even year? Well last time I checked this is not 2013. The Royals gravy train ends against a more traditional team.
Evan Roberts, WFAN, CBS New York
Evan Roberts, WFAN, CBS New York
Giants in 5.
I could sit here and go on and on breaking down this World Series with stats and matchups that try to prove my Giants-in-five point. But honestly, does using logic make any sense in this postseason? We have two sub-90-win teams playing each other in the World Series for the first time ever. (Sorry, I don't count the strike-shortened 1981 season, or WWI-affected 1918.) Nobody in their right mind saw this matchup coming! So, I'll go with a simplistic reason as to why I pick the Giants to win this series: the Royals are due to cool off, a la the Rockies in '07. And the best starting pitcher AND the most feared hitter reside in San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner and the new Mr. October, Buster Posey. The Giants will win their third title in five years.
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, CBS Boston
Royals in 7.
After being a firsthand witness to "Boston Strong" and the incredible run the Red Sox went on a year ago to capture the World series, it's hard to argue that the Royals aren't the chosen ones this year. KC has 5 last-at-bat victories through the first three rounds of the playoffs, and they don't show any signs of slowing down. Of course, the one fear in KC is that the time off may put the brakes on the Royals magical run. It's been a blast watching Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and company, plus the deadly trio of Herrera, Davis, and Holland. As for the every-other-year Giants... they too have been fun to watch. Travis Ishikawa's home run is one of those signature moments that San Francisco fans will remember forever. You also have to like the experience factor for the Giants. Posey, Sandoval, Pence, Belt, Crawford, Bumgarner... an endless list of guys that have "been there, done that." I hope this goes seven games so we can enjoy this postseason to its fullest. As for a prediction? My head says Giants, but the intangibles lead me to the Royals.
Brandon Tierney, CBS Sports Radio
Giants in 6.
Anyone see this coming back in March? Actually, I picked the Royals to reach the Series, but quite frankly, I'm stunned the Giants have once again scratched and clawed their way onto this stage. It's a testament to ownership and the shrewd skills of GM Brian Sabean, along with the steady, reassuring hand of skipper Bruce Bochy. As for Kansas City, they're probably a year behind my projection scale, as the roster is littered with high draft choices and former "can't miss" prospects like Hosmer and Moustakas, not to mention a sick 'pen. Terrific athleticism and defensive skills, top notch. This is the first World Series where both participants failed to win at least 90 games. Both teams took circuitous routes to get here, and have been tested along the way. They've both shed the underdog label and dominated on the road, and their ability to limit teams to 27 outs is a big reason why. These teams dug in defensively and flashed leather to support outstanding bullpen work and clutch hitting. The Royals are magic on the bases, swiping a record 13 bags in just eight games, while the Giants remain a bit more stationary and base-to-base, with a bit more pop. In evaluating this series, I lean on three keys, and they all support another San Francisco parade: the Giants have the best player in the series (Buster Posey), the best pitcher in the series (Madison Bumgarner, on full rest) and by far, the superior manager as Bochy easily outclasses Ned Yost as an in-game tactician. Something else to factor in: as dominant as KC's 'pen has been, statistically, the Giants' relievers don't lag very far behind, posting a 1.83 team ERA. Both cities and venues will be on fire, but when the champagne eventually dries, it will leave a familiar sting in the eyes of a group of men used to winning in October.