No fear: Rookie Ventura to bring heat in Game 2

Long before the 100-mph fastball, the dynamic 2014 season and the opportunity to start Game 2 of the World Series was a tryout in Guerra, the Dominican city that houses the Royals' academy on that baseball-rich island. It was the summer of 2008. Yordano Ventura came in slightly taller than 5-foot-10, weighing 143 pounds and throwing no harder than 88 mph, sticking out for the wrong reasons.

SF’s fast first frame KOs KC, quiets The K

If there's a formula for beating the Royals, the Giants found it. Actually, it's the formula baseball teams have been using for more than a century. First things first. The Giants put up three runs in the first inning and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Young Ventura, KC out to even set vs. vet Peavy, SF

The 1985 Royals lost Game 1 of the World Series at home. Heck, they lost Game 2, too. And we know how that one turned out. So the Royals need look no further than their own organizational history to know they can recover from the drubbing they endured at the hands of the Giants on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Both clubs are hoping their starter can go deep in Game 2, with Kansas City youngster Yordano Ventura opposing San Francisco elder statesman Jake Peavy.

Sandoval’s October exploits becoming legendary

With a 2-for-5, two-RBI performance in the Giants' 7-1 Game 1 victory over the Royals, Pablo Sandoval improved his lifetime postseason batting average to .328. That moved him above Babe Ruth and just about everyone else on baseball's all-time list. Among players with at least 125 playoff plate appearances, Sandoval now ranks ninth.

And away they go: SF, MadBum keep winning on the road

The Giants are 5-1 on the road this postseason. And for a club that hasn't had home-field advantage in any of the rounds, road performance is a necessity. The other half of it is this: The opposition can't have a home-field advantage when Madison Bumgarner starts on the road, in the postseason, for the Giants. He gives up runs in October at roughly the rate of one every four years.