San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals hope returning home will revitalize
their title chances, while the San Francisco Giants aim to
clinch their third crown in five seasons when the teams clash
in Game 6 on Tuesday. San Francisco has scored the last 15 runs
while winning two straight games to take a 3-2 lead and is
looking to become the second National League team in history to
win three titles in a five-year span. The St. Louis Cardinals –
1942, ’44, ’46 – are the lone team to do so.
The Royals and Giants split two games in Kansas City to begin
the series, but the Royals believe they have an edge when
playing at home. “We like our stadium and the way the
dimensions of our field works,” first baseman Eric Hosmer told
reporters. “We definitely enjoy going back home, and we’re just
going to take it a game at a time and worry about Game 6.” San
Francisco’s Hunter Pence has gone 9-for-19 with a homer, six
runs scored and five RBIs to put his name in the MVP
conversation along with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX
Pinnacle Sports opened the Royals as -139 faves, went to
-135 before moving to -137. The total has held at 7.
WEATHER REPORT: Temperatures in the mid-50s under
clear skies. Winds of 9 mph are expected at gametime.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Kansas City faces
elimination as they trail 3-2 in this best-of-7 series.
The current betting odds give the Royals a 57% chance of
winning Game 6 on Tuesday night, however, Kansas City only has
a 30% chance of winning both Games 6 + 7 at home according to
the adjusted series price which now gives the San Francisco
Giants a 70% chance of winning the World Series title.”
Expert Steve Merrill
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Jake Peavy (1-1,
3.68 ERA) vs. Royals RH Yordano Ventura (0-0, 4.42)
Peavy was charged with four runs in five-plus innings while
losing Game 2 to drop to 1-4 with a 7.05 ERA in eight career
postseason starts. Manager Bruce Bochy continues to profess his
confidence in Peavy, who maintains he’s not feeling
apprehension due to his postseason struggles. “I’m really
excited about the opportunity, I really am,” Peavy said in a
press conference. “I never thought it would happen any other
way. That’s not who I am.”
Ventura received a no-decision in Game 2 when he gave up two
runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 23-year-old rookie
has been Kansas City’s best starter in the postseason with a
fastball that often tops 100 miles per hour. “He’s not your
typical rookie,” Hosmer told reporters. “He’s absolutely
fearless out there. He has confidence in himself and his
pitches, and when he’s firing strikes – just like he was the
other day – he’s pretty tough to hit.”
*Giants are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.
*Over is 5-1 in Royals last 6 games as a favorite.
*Over is 5-1 in Venturas last 6 starts overall.
*Royals are 6-1 in Venturas last 7 home starts.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 71 percent of wagers are backing the Royals.