San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals - 10/29/14 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (88-74) at Kansas City Royals (89-73)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Tim Hudson (R) (9-14) (3.580) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (14-11) (4.020)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -120 / San Francisco Giants +110 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will play a deciding game seven of the World Series Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The San Francisco Giants need to recover from the 10-0 loss they suffered in game six that could easily play an impact on this game if they’re not able to put it in the back of their minds. The game six loss was the worst World Series defeat since 1985, the same year the Royals won the title. The Giants can only hope to get their offense back for this game, as Pablo Sandoval has five hits in his last three games, Hunter Pence has 10 hits in this series and Brandon Belt has a six-game hitting streak. The San Francisco Giants have won 11 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. With the way the Royals light it up at home, they’ll need a similar performance to win here. Taking the hill for San Fran will be Tim Hudson, who is 9-13 with a 3.57 ERA and has 120 strikeouts in 189.1 innings. In this postseason, Hudson is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.
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In the game six win, the Kansas City Royals scored seven runs in the second inning and all but wrapped the game up from the start. The win makes the Royals 8-1 in their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Alcides Escobar has 18 hits in this postseason, Lorenzo Cain has five hits in his last three games and Eric Hosmer has four RBIs in this series. With the Kansas City Royals bullpen continuing to shut the door, they’ll have to feel really good if they’re able to get to that four run total. The Royals have outscored the Giants 18-9 in the three games that have taken place in Kansas City, and they’ve lost only one playoff game at home this postseason. Taking the mound Wednesday for KC will be Jeremy Guthrie, who is 13-11 with a 4.13 ERA and has 124 strikeouts in 202.2 innings. In this postseason, Guthrie is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and has two strikeouts in 10 innings.
The Giants are 5-2 in their last 7 World Series road games, 1-4 in Hudsons last 5 road starts and 2-6 in Hudsons last 8 starts overall. The Royals are 7-1 in their last 8 home games, 11-3 in their last 14 playoff games and 17-5 in their last 22 overall. The Giants are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Kansas City.
I’ve had the Kansas City Royals winning this series from the beginning and it’s too late to turn back now. The Royals took a bite out of the Giants bullpen last night and has a rowdy home crowd supporting them with each pitch. Everybody is making a big deal about Madison Bumgarner being available, but the guy just threw 100-plus pitches a few days ago, he won’t be that big of a factor here. Look for the Royals to get the job done and win the World Series for the first time since 1985.
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