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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals fields a ball hit by Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning for the final out during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals underhands the ball for the final out in the ninth inning during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals' Greg Holland throws to first for the final out on San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won the game 3-2 to lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates after San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence grounded out to end Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals defeated the Giants 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Eric Hosmer #35 and Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate the Royals 3-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence walks back to the dugout after grounding out in the ninth inning to the end Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals defeated the Giants 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer (35) celebrate after Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas celebrates after the Royals' 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon (4) celebrates with teammates after Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey hits a sacrifice grounder to score Michael Morse during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford, right, is congratulated by his teammates after scoring on Michael Morse's RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford heads for home on an RBI double by Giants' Michael Morse during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera pitches during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera raises his cap after walking San Francisco Giants Gregor Blanco during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants Michael Morse reacts after hitting an RBI double to score Brandon Crawford during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost talks to pitcher Jeremy Guthrie after taking him out of the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is congratulated in the dugout as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon heads for home plate after an RBI single by Eric Hosmer, left, during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single to score Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds watches as Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon scores on the an RBI single by Eric Hosmer during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson steps in the team's dugout after being relieved in the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is congratulated by teammate Mike Moustakas after scoring during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) hits an RBI single off San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez (49) during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez throws during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez throws during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, left, walks off the mound after being relieved during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar runs to score on an RBI double by Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar scores at home past San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey on a double by Royals' Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants' Tim Hudson acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar is congratulated by a teammate after scoring on an RBI double by Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie pitches to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Fans hold up signs in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer event during baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence catches a ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain catches a fly ball to right field by San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa to end the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is out at first by San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence is tagged out attempting to steal second base by Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa catches a fly ball by Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Spectators cheer during Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Singer Huey Lewis cheers before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, shakes hands with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost before Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy, left, speaks to former San Francisco Giants' Hall of Famer Willie Mays waits to be introduced before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Former San Francisco Giants' Hall of Famer Willie Mays waits to be introduced before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Confetti flies during the national anthem before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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By DAVID ROBERTS
College Contributor Network

The San Francisco Giants are one victory away from winning their third World Series in five years, capping the most successful run in franchise history.

San Francisco finds itself ahead of the Kansas City Royals 3-2 with two games left to play in the series, and nine innings away from history.

In fact, if the Giants are able to finish off the Royals Tuesday night in Kansas City, the team will have won nine straight postseason series, a mark that would serve as the second-longest postseason series win streak, and would topple a streak set by the New York Yankees that began in 1927 and ended in 1941. By the time the Yankees' streak ended, they had fielded 16 future Hall of Famers, including legends such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.

To put things in perspective, Ruth was the highest paid Yankee during that stretch, earning $80,000 in 1933 and 1934, which is approximately $1.4 million when adjusted for inflation.

Because of the one-series playoff that was implemented by Major League Baseball until 1969, the streak set by the Yankees stretches over 14 years compared to the Giants' streak that began in 2010.
The Yankees won 11 straight postseason series from 1998 to 2001, which currently serves as the longest streak.

To keep its improbable World Series run alive, Kansas City will roll Yordano Ventura out to the mound Tuesday in a rematch of Wednesday's Game 2. After allowing a home run to Gregor Blanco -- the first batter of the game -- Ventura settled in and surrendered only one more run in the Royals' 7-2 victory. The home run came on a fastball that reached 98 miles per hour, something the Giants have handled routinely all season.

Coming into Game 2, San Francisco was hitting .275 on pitches higher than 95 miles per hour this season, including a .377 mark on pitches of the same variety in the postseason, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

However, when the Royals stormed back to take the win, they won their seventh-straight game that featured Ventura on the mound. The last time Kansas City lost a game that Ventura pitched in -- Sept. 12 to the Boston Red Sox -- the Giants and Royals were each one game back in their respective divisions.

The Giants will counter with Jake Peavy, who only made it five innings in the Game 2 loss. Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler gave San Francisco fits during Peavy's last outing, tagging the 33-year-old pitcher for a one-run single in the first inning, then collecting a second one-run single against reliever Jean Machi in the sixth inning.

In his career, Butler is 14-33 (.424) against Peavy, adding three home runs and eight RBI's. Butler's career batting average is the highest on the team against Peavy, against whom the Royals are hitting 58-196 (.296), including three players with multiple home runs off the Giants' pitcher.

If the Giants manage a Game 6 win, it will conjure up discussions of whether or not this World Series victory is just the latest by a newfound dynasty. The World Series wins in 2010 and 2012 are the first by the Giants' franchise since moving from New York, where they appeared in four straight World Series from 1921 to 1924, winning the first two before losing the final couple.

Since making the move to the West Coast, the Giants have made a habit of engineering postseason runs in even years, making appearances in the Fall Classic in 2010, 2012 and 2014, but failing to reach the postseason each year in between.

So, will we be watching a dynasty in the making Tuesday night? Better shelve that question until 2016.


David Roberts is a fourth-year English major at the University of South Carolina. He was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, but relocated to the land below the Mason-Dixon line in grade school, citing earthquakes and Raiders fans as minor nuisances. David is a die-hard Cubs fan and still breaks down when thinking about the 2003 NLCS. Follow him on Twitter: @davidjayroberts
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