Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/9/14
San Francisco Giants (62-53) at Kansas City Royals (60-53)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Tim Hudson (R) (8-8) (2.738) vs. James Shields (R) (10-6) (3.432)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -119 / San Francisco Giants +109 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-BA, FSN-KC
The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals play Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Giants are 4-4 in the month of August and eight games above a .500 record. The Giants offense continues to be a major issue, as they’ve produced three or less runs in 10 of their last 15 games. Overall, the Giants have lost 10 straight games when scoring three or fewer runs. Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Hunter Pence also has a hit in eight of his last nine games. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.37, which is sixth in baseball. Tim Hudson takes the hill, and he’s 8-8 with a 2.74 ERA and has 91 strikeouts in 144.1 innings. Hudson is 3-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 career starts against the Royals.
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The Royals have won eight of their last nine games and are eight games above a .500 record. The Royals pitching staff is simply getting it done, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 10 games. Overall, the Royals have an ERA of 3.62, which is 11th in the majors, and they’ve won eight straight when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Omar Infante has eight hits in his last five games and Billy Butler has homered twice in his last four games. Starting is James Shields, who is 10-6 with a 3.43 ERA and has 127 strikeouts in 157.1 innings. This is Shields’ first career game against the Giants.
The Giants are 5-2 in Hudsons last 7 road starts and 0-4 in Hudsons last 4 starts with 4 days of rest. The Royals are 0-4 in Shields' last 4 home starts and 32-15 in Shields' last 47 starts overall.
Hudson has had great results on the road lately and the Giants are getting the plus money. Give me the Giants on the road.