Giants at Royals - 10/22/14 World Series Pick, Odds, Prediction
San Francisco Giants (88-74) at Kansas City Royals (89-73)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday
Jake Peavy (R) (8-13) (3.645) vs. Yordano Ventura (R) (13-10) (3.248)
The Line: Kansas City Royals / San Francisco Giants --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals play game two of the World Series Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The San Francisco Giants have won four straight games and are bringing out the bats to get the job done. The Giants have produced 24 runs in their last four games, including seven runs in their game one victory. Pablo Sandoval has a six-game hitting streak, Buster Posey has gotten on base in 10 of the 11 games and Hunter Pence has five RBIs in his last five games. The San Francisco Giants have won 16 of their last 17 games when scoring four or more runs. Pitching wise, the Giants allowed just four runs in their last two games and struck out the Royals seven times in game one. Taking the mound Wednesday is Jake Peavy, who is 7-13 with a 3.73 ERA and has 158 strikeouts in 202.2 innings. In this postseason, Peavy is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA and has five strikeouts in 9.2 innings.
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The Kansas City Royals lost their first postseason game this season and allowed the most runs since their wild card win over the Oakland Athletics. The Royals were flat from the beginning and didn’t play with that same energy that got them to this point. Despite the loss, Billy Butler has hit safely in four of his last five games, Alcides Escobar has a six-game hitting streak and Eric Hosmer has hit in six of his last seven games. The Royals have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. The Kansas City Royals can only hope their pitching staff can return to form considering they’ve allowed three or less runs in 11 of their last 18 games. Starting for KC will be Yordano Ventura, who is 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and has 159 strikeouts in 183 innings. In this postseason, Ventura is 0-0 with a 4.85 ERA and has eight strikeouts in 13 innings.
The Giants are 7-0 in their last 7 World Series games, 41-19 in their last 60 playoff games and 7-1 in Peavys last 8 starts. The Royals are 8-1 in their last 9 playoff games, 49-24 in their last 73 overall and 5-1 in Venturas last 6 home starts. The Giants are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City.
Now that the jitters are out, I see the Royals bouncing back here in desperation mode. The Kansas City Royals can't drop the first two games of this series and expect to win. The desperate team will prevail. After all, I did pick the Royals to win this series, so this game is pretty much a do or die.