The 2014 World Series began last night with Game 1 in Kansas City. After just five batters, the Giants already had a 3-0 lead and never looked back, taking a one game to none lead in the series. For the Royals, losing the first game of the World Series hurt, but would losing Game 2 be the death-blow to their chances of being crowned champions?
Yes - Game 2 is a must-win for the Royals
No one wants to lose the first two games of a postseason series, but losing them on your home field hurts even more. The Royals have the home-field advantage in the series thanks to the American League's win in this season's All-Star Game (a ridiculous reason, but that's a discussion for a different day), and if they lose Game 2, that will completely blow a great opportunity. San Francisco's AT&T Stadium is one of the toughest stadiums to play in for a road team in Major League Baseball, and winning at least two games there would be a tough task.
Since the league went to the 2-3-2 format for the World Series, there have been 13 teams that lost the first two games of the series at home. Of those teams, eight of them ended up getting swept and only three ended up going on to win the series.
The Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals will face off in this year's World Series, which starts Wednesday, Oct. 23! There's still time to get tickets to see the action unfold live.
If you'd prefer to watch on TV, here is the full schedule. All games, except game 4, have an airtime of 7:30 p.m., with first pitch happening at 8:07 p.m. Game 4 starts at 8 p.m., with first pitch at 8:15 p.m. Dates and times are subject to change.
World Series 2013 Schedule
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I don't know much about sports, but I know things like the World Series are important. So who are you rooting for?