San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 10/25/14
Kansas City Royals (89-73) at San Francisco Giants (88-74)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm (AT&T Park)
Jason Vargas (L) (12-10) (3.766) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (R) (8-13) (3.957)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -125 / Kansas City Royals +115 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants look to even the World Series with a win versus the Kansas City Royals Saturday.
As much as we talk about the Giants experience and success in the postseason it was Kansas City that looked impervious to the pressure in game two's 3-2 decision that gave the Royals a 2-1 lead in the World Series. Great pitching and a few clutch hits got the job done with starter Jeremy Guthrie allowing both runs on four hits over five frames with four hurlers out of the bullpen putting up zeros. The Royals did just enough damage with six hits and a free pass with Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon driving in runs while Gordon also scored with Alcides Escobar going 2-4 with a pair of runs. Left hander Jason Vargas takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants for his third postseason start. Vargas struggled to end the regular season but has been fantastic in the playoffs with three runs allowed on three solo homers over 11.1 innings pitched.
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The San Francisco Giants were favorites to win the World Series and after winning game one they seemed to be heading for a strong series. The World Series is far from over but it's Kansas City with the series lead and many thought rather confidently that it would be the other way around. Veteran Tim Hudson didn't throw badly but it wasn't good enough to overcome a lack of support from his own offense. Hudson was charged with all three runs on four hits and a base on balls through 5.2 innings to absorb the loss. The Giants offense managed just four hits and a pair of walks with Buster Posey driving in a run with Michael Morse ripping a pinch hit RBI double in a two run 5th but SF couldn't do anything against the Royals pen. San Francisco turns to Ryan Vogelsong to pitch the Giants to a win over the Kansas City Royals in game four. Vogelsong struggled in the NLCS versus the Cardinals with four runs scored on seven hits and a pair of bases on balls over three innings of a 6-4 victory.
If you look at the trends you will see that Kansas City has lost just one time in the postseason and have done plenty of winning as an underdog. At the same time San Francisco has outstanding trends because when they have reached the playoffs in recent years they have won the World Series. Suffice to say both teams have been tearing it up with the Royals possibly taking a back seat to San Francisco's past success and that the Giants have the experience and have been on the big stage and therefore won't be affected. It appeared to be that in the World Series opener but with Kansas City rebounding to win the next two I don't see the pressure getting to them. The key for the Giants is to get a lead heading in to the late innings and avoid the Royals pen because if KC has the lead late this will be a 3-1 series which I'm leaning towards...