San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals - 10/28/14 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (88-74) at Kansas City Royals (89-73)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Jake Peavy (R) (8-14) (3.727) vs. Yordano Ventura (R) (13-10) (3.251)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -140 / San Francisco Giants +130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals play game six of the World Series with the Giants up 3-2.
All of a sudden the San Francisco Giants are putting runs on the board by the truckload, scoring five or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Giants have produced 28 hits in their last two games and have won 18 of their last 19 games when scoring four or more runs. With this type of run support, the Giants have to feel very confident they can win yet another World Series. Pablo Sandoval has 22 hits this postseason, Hunter Pence has five hits in his last two games and Brandon Belt has a five-game hitting streak. The Giants pitching staff is also coming off its third shutout of the postseason. Taking the hill Tuesday 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 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA and has six strikeouts in 14.2 innings.
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The Kansas City Royals have now lost back-to-back games for the first time this postseason and need to step up or they’ll get eliminated on their home field. In game five, the Royals struck out eight times and produced just four hits, getting shutout for the first time since July 20th. Of course, it doesn’t help that the Royals pitching staff has allowed 16 runs in their last two games. Offensively, Lorenzo Cain has three hits in his last two games, Eric Hosmer has five hits in his last three games and Alcides Escobar has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Royals have won 12 straight when allowing three or less runs. Taking the mound 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 4.42 ERA and has 10 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.
The Giants are 5-2 in their last 7 games following an off day, 5-2 in Peavys last 7 road starts and 7-2 in Peavys last 9 starts overall. The Royals are 5-1 in their last 6 playoff home games, 6-1 in Venturas last 7 home starts and 18-5 in Venturas last 23 starts overall. The Giants are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.
I picked the Royals to win the World Series and I still like our chances. Yordano Ventura has been solid all season and will have the crowd behind him, which is good considering he feeds off that type of stuff. Overall, I see this series going the distance and the Royals should win Tuesday.