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Madison Bumgarner and James Shields are your Game 5 starting pitchers

There are only two or three baseball games left this year. Sigh...

Rob Carr

2014 World Series Game 5

Kansas City Royals @ San Francisco Giants

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8:07 ET




Because of the Giants' comeback (and eventual pull away) last night, we know this series will return to Kansas City for at least a Game 6. Which team will hold the 3-2 series lead though???

It's more important for the Giants to win tonight, because a team returning home down 3-2 (as the Royals would be if they lose tonight) has gone on to win Games 6 and 7 in 43% of such World Series, but a team returning home up 3-2 (as the Royals would be if they win tonight) has gone on to win 81% of the time. Short version: A San Francisco win tonight means this series is a crap shoot, but a Kansas City win means they're big favorites.


Today's Lineups

Alcides Escobar - SS Gregor Blanco - CF
Alex Gordon - LF Joe Panik - 2B
Lorenzo Cain - RF Buster Posey - C
Eric Hosmer - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Salvador Perez - C Hunter Pence - RF
Mike Moustakas - 3B Brandon Belt - 1B
Omar Infante - 2B Travis Ishikawa - LF
Jarrod Dyson - CF Brandon Crawford - SS
James Shields - RHP Madison Bumgarner - DH