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Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14

San Francisco Giants (62-52) at Kansas City Royals (59-53)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Madison Bumgarner (L) (13-8) (3.214) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (8-5) (3.688)

The Line: Kansas City Royals +113 / San Francisco Giants -123 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-BA, FSN-KC

The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

The Giants have won five of their last eight games and are nine games above a .500 record. The difference during this stretch has been the Giants offense which has produced four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Giants offense has struggled for much of the season, but they’ve won 18 straight when scoring more than three runs. Pablo Sandoval has nine RBIs in his last four games and Hunter Pence has a hit in eight of his last 10 games. The Giants have an ERA of 3.37, which is sixth in the league. Starting is Madison Bumgarner, who is 13-8 with a 3.21 ERA and has 153 strikeouts in 154 innings. This is Bumgarner’s first career game against the Royals.

Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14

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The Royals have won seven of their last eight games and are seven games above .500. The Royals pitching staff has led the way during this run as they’ve allowed three or less runs in eight of their last nine games. Overall, the Royals have an ERA of 3.64 and have won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Salvador Perez has eight RBIs in his last eight games and Billy Butler has an extra base hit in three straight games. Taking the hill is Jason Vargas, who is 8-5 with a 3.69 ERA and has 87 strikeouts in 129.1 innings. Vargas is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two career starts against the Giants.

The Giants are 6-1 in Bumgarners last 7 road starts and 4-1 in Bumgarners last 5 starts overall. The Royals are 6-1 in Vargas' last 7 starts during game 1 of a series and 7-2 in their last 9 vs. National League West. The Giants are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.

The Royals have to cool down eventually, right? I like Bumgarner at this price. 

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San Francisco Giants -123

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