Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Pick-Odds-Prediction - 10/21/14 World Series Game One
San Francisco Giants (88-74) at Kansas City Royals (89-73)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday
James Shields (R) (15-8) (3.37) vs. Madison Bumgarner (L) (20-11) (2.78)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +104 / San Francisco Giants -114 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals open the World Series at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday.
The San Francisco Giants qualified for the postseason as the Wild Card recipient after falling short to the hated Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West race although you can guess which team is smiling now. After defeating the Nationals in the NLDS that was dominated by pitching with 12 runs scored in four games, the Giants leaned more on their bats and relief pitching to oust St Louis in five games in the NLCS by outscoring the Cardinals 24-16. The Giants have been survivors because they have been able to get exactly what they've needed at exactly the right time. Late inning rallies? Check. Clutch pitching? Check? Big hits? Check. I guess what happens when you have players that have been in this spot before and have performed under pressure. San Francisco opens the World Series with left hander Madison Bumgarner on the mound who has faced the Kansas City Royals once in 2014. Bumgarner has gone 3-1 in the postseason with a pair of shutouts and has allowed a grand total of six runs over 31.2 innings of work in this span.
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The Kansas City Royals have been the surprise team of the postseason thus far with their tremendous rally and extra inning victory over the Athletics in the Wild Card and eight consecutive victories to sweep the ALDS from the Angels and the ALCS from Baltimore. That is one impressive run from a team that took the Detroit Tigers down to the last day of the season in the American League Central race. Kansas City has been much like their counterparts in San Francisco where they seem to come up with the big hit when needed or get the big out from the pitching at crunch time. The Royals have won mostly because the work on the mound has arguably been the best in the postseason and their offense has been timely which I suppose is the reason any team reaches the World Series. Kansas City kicks off the World series with James Shields on the bump who defeated the San Francisco Giants in August. Although the Royals have won all three of his starts Shields gave up four runs to both Baltimore and Oakland in five inning stints that sandwiched an 8-3 victory versus the Angels where he allowed two runs in six frames.
San Francisco is 6-0 in the last World Series game and are 4-0 in the last four of the first game of a series. The Giants are 4-0 in their last four road games in the World Series and 7-1 in their last eight road playoff games as a favorite while going 10-2 in the last 12 after a win. Kansas City is 9-0 in the last nine contests as an underdog and 8-0 in their last eight playoff games. The Royals are 11-1 in the last 12 versus a team with a winning record and 6-0 in their last six home games versus a left hander and 8-0 in the last eight after a win. The trends say both teams are scorching hot and do far more winning then losing which is why both are in the World Series. It also means these trends are pretty much a wash in my view. I'm leaning to Kansas City right now but will update closer to game day on Tuesday...