San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals (-101,
The red-hot Kansas City Royals are in the World Series for the
first time since 1985 and they open play Tuesday when they host
the National League Champion San Francisco Giants. The American
League Champion Royals are a perfect 8-0 this postseason and
took the wild-card route to the pennant. San Francisco is in
the World Series for the third time in five seasons and also
began this postseason journey as a wild-card entrant.
National League Championship Series MVP Madison Bumgarner will
be on the mound for the Giants in Game 1 and the standout
left-hander lost to the Royals during the regular season. James
Shields starts for Kansas City and the right-hander pitched a
four-hit shutout against San Francisco in August. Both teams
feature strong bullpens and have a knack for producing unlikely
heroes – such as Giants’ left fielder Travis Ishikawa hitting a
walk-off three-run homer to end the NLCS against the St. Louis
TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX
LINE HISTORY: The Royals opened as slight +100
home underdogs have been bet to -107 and are currently sitting
at -101. The total is set at 6.5.
INJURY REPORT: Kansas City – P Yorando Ventura
WEATHER REPORT: It should be a beautiful night
for baseball with clear skies and temperatures in the low 60s
at the start of Game 1. There will be a slight five mile per
hour wind blowing in from right field.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “We set the series price at
-105 each, and we have a 4 Game sweep at +500, but can the
Royals continue their unbeaten record in this year’s playoffs?
With Bumgarner on the mound for the Giants, they’re favored by
1.5 runs and are currently getting 51 percent of the action,
plus 63 percent of moneyline wagers. Even with both teams aces
on the mound for Game 1, the Over 6.5 run total is getting 59
percent of the action so far.” Michael Stewart of
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Madison Bumgarner
(2-1, 1.42 ERA) vs. Royals RH James Shields (1-0, 5.63)
Bumgarner has pitched at least seven innings in each of his
four postseason starts and is holding opposing batters to a
.170 average. In the regular-season loss to the Royals, he gave
up four runs (three earned) and seven hits in eight innings as
Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler had a homer and
three RBIs. Bumgarner is 2-0 and hasn’t allowed a run in 15
World Series innings, blanking Texas on three hits in eight
innings in 2010 and Detroit on two hits over seven innings in
Shields has struggled in the postseason, giving up 21 hits in
16 innings as opponents have touched him up for a .309 average.
He was at the top of his game in the regular-season outing
against San Francisco, striking out five and walking one while
pitching his ninth career shutout. Shields won his lone career
World Series start, beating Philadelphia in 2008 when he gave
up seven hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings as a member of the Tampa
* Giants are 6-0 in their last six World Series Games.
* Royals are 9-0 in their last nine games as an underdog.
* Over is 4-0 in the Giants last four playoff games.
* Over is 4-0 in Shields’ last four starts overall.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Just under 61 percent of
wagers are backing the Kansas City Royals at -101.