San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals - 10/21/14 World Series Pick, Odds, Prediction
San Francisco Giants (88-74) at Kansas City Royals (89-73)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday
Madison Bumgarner (L) (20-11) (2.783) vs. James Shields (R) (15-8) (3.370)
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 play game one of the World Series Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
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The San Francisco Giants won five of their last six games and have returned to their third World Series since 2010. The Giants have been getting the job done with timely hitting and terrific pitching. In the postseason, the Giants have an ERA of 2.18 and have won nine straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, the Giants have five hitters with double-digit hits and have produced 17 runs in their last three games. Travis Ishikawa leads the Giants with seven RBIs, Pablo Sandoval has 14 hits and Buster Posey has 13 hits and four runs. Taking the mound Tuesday for San Fran is Madison Bumgarner, who is 18-10 with a 2.98 ERA and has 219 strikeouts in 217.1 innings. In this postseason, Bumgarner is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.
The Kansas City Royals are undefeated in this postseason and are playing in their first World Series game since 1985. The Royals have been getting the job done with the long ball and a great bullpen. Pitching wise, the Kansas City Royals have a postseason ERA of 2.93 and have won 10 straight games when allowing three or less runs. The Royals have allowed a combined two runs in their last two games. Offensively, the Royals have hit eight home runs, which is something for a team that ranked last in the long ball in the regular season. Eric Hosmer has 13 hits, Alex Gordon has nine RBIs and Mike Moustakas has five RBIs. Taking the hill for KC is James Shields, who is 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA and has 180 strikeouts in 227 innings. In this postseason, Shields is 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 16 innings.
The Giants are 16-5 in their last 21 playoff road games, 17-5 in Bumgarners last 22 road starts and 9-2 in Bumgarners last 11 starts overall. The Royals are 16-5 in their last 21 games following an off day, 4-0 in Shields' last 4 starts during game 1 of a series and 42-18 in Shields' last 60 starts overall. The Giants are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Kansas City.
I picked the Royals to win this series and until they show any signs of weakness, you can't pick against them in a single game. Sure, the Giants are great in their own right but the Royals have yet to lose a playoff game. Give me KC until that money train stops paying.