Tonight’s World Series Game 1 between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants is the first time in years two Wild Cards have advanced to the October Classic. Not that the Giants are strangers to the stage. As we watch World Series online live Game 1 free streaming or on TV on Fox, the Giants will be aiming for their third World Series title in five years. Yet the Royals are still the sentimental favorites.
The Kansas City Royals hadn’t been to the postseason since 1985, so their Wild Card spot alone could’ve been perceived as a moral victory. Then the Royals proceeded to win eight playoff games in a row and swept their way into the World Series.
History shows that the last time the Royals made it to the World Series they won. But they didn’t play a team like the San Francisco Giants.
San Francisco and Buster Posey blasted through the National League playoffs, going 8-2 on their way to the NLCS pennant. Madison Bumgartner will be the Giants’ starting pitcher as we watch World Series online live free Game 1 tonight.
Bumgarner last started on Thursday, when the Giants eliminated the St. Louis Cardinals. the NLCS MVP has thrown 249 innings this year, including four postseason games, so the extended time off before tonight’s World Series game will do him good.
The Giants are wise to start him. Bumgarner is 2-1 this postseason with a 1.42 ERA, having won the Wild Card game and started NLCS Game 5. Bumgartner has two previous World Series starts, during which he’s allowed five hits and no runs in 15 innings.
The Royals’ starting pitcher tonight is James Shields. Shields last played in the opening game of the AL Championship Series opener, Oct. 10, against the Baltimore Orioles.
Now that you’ve read that brief Royals vs Giants World Series Game 1 preview, here are the key details if you want to watch World Series online live Game 1 Royals vs Giants free streaming.
- First pitch for Royals vs Giants World Series Game 1: 8:07 EST / 5:07 PST
- Ballpark: Kauffman Stadium (the Kansas City Royals are the home team)
- Watch Live on TV: on FOX Sports 1
- Watch World Series Game 1 online free Kansas City Royals vs San Francisco Giants live streaming: on the FOX Sports GO website (only select providers offer it), on MLB.TV or on Postseason.TV