San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals (-111,
Hunter Pence has slammed his first homer of the postseason and
now looks to help the San Francisco Giants take a 2-0 series
lead when they visit the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 of the
World Series on Wednesday. Pence hit a two-run homer in a
three-run first inning to fuel the offense in Game 1 and
reached base four times as San Francisco rolled to a 7-1
victory. “He’s a tireless worker and he’s the
lowest-maintenance player I’ve ever had,” Giants manager Bruce
Bochy said afterward.
San Francisco starter Jake Peavy has seen a lot of the Royals
while pitching in the American League and possesses a 5-7
record and 4.97 ERA in 14 starts. “They’re still the same guys,
just a little more refined and obviously a lot more confident
than they were at any point that I faced them in Chicago,”
Peavy said in his Tuesday press conference. “And they were
formidable, even when we faced them – the Chicago White Sox
didn’t have much success here.” Royals catcher Salvador Perez
homered in the seventh of the opener for the lone run allowed
by Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX
Pinnacle Sports opened the Royals as -108 faves, went to
-118 before moving to -111. The total has held at 7.
WEATHER REPORT: Temperatures in the mid-60s
under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to left field at
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Big bounce-back spot for
the Royals here. It will be interesting to see how they respond
after suffering their first loss in what seems like an
eternity. I can’t back them here as it’s tough to say how
they’ll respond to adversity on the big stage. I don’t love the
pitching matchup from their perspective either. With that said,
the Giants probably came in hoping for at least a playlist in
Kansas City and now they’ve got it. Not an ideal spot for them
to go up 2-0. Total looks spot on.” Covers
Expert Sean Murphy.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Jake Peavy (1-0,
1.86 ERA) vs. Royals RH Yordano Ventura (0-0, 4.85)
Peavy is making his second World Series start as he made one
for Boston last season and gave up two runs in four innings. He
hasn’t made it through six innings in either start this
postseason but has allowed just six hits in 9 2/3 innings while
continuing to fit in well with his new team. “With his
experiences and knowledge, he really has, I think, just ramped
up the intensity and the focus on these guys,” Bochy said.
“Jake, as you know, when he pitches, he’s all in.”
Ventura has been placed in the No. 2 role by manager Ned Yost,
who has no concern over how the 23-year-old rookie will handle
the spotlight. “He’s a special kid because as young as he is
and as good as his stuff is, his composure is off the charts
and his competitiveness is off the charts,” Yost said in his
Tuesday press conference. “So you combine all those things
together and you’ve got a pretty special guy that’s going to
step on that mound.” Ventura last pitched Oct. 11 when he
worked 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Baltimore.
* Home team is 5-1 in Cooper’s last six games behind home
* Giants are 7-0 in their last seven World Series games.
* Giants are 7-1 in Peavy’s last eight starts.
* Over is 4-1 in Ventura’s last five starts overall.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers Consensus, 60
percent of wagers are backing the Royals.