World Series Betting Preview: Royals at Giants – 10-23-2014

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Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants
(-127, 7)

Tim Hudson pitches in a World Series game for the first time in
his 16-year-career when the San Francisco Giants host the
Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday. The 39-year-old Hudson
will attempt to pitch the Giants into the series lead after the
teams split two games in Kansas City. “Obviously, when you go
16 years without having been able to experience something like
this, you wonder if it’s going to happen,” Hudson told
reporters. “I’m no different than anybody.”

The Royals avoided a series hole by producing a 7-2 victory in
Game 2 to halt San Francisco’s streak of seven consecutive
World Series wins. Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler
is 3-for-6 with two RBIs over the first two games to break out
of the postseason doldrums that have him looking for his first
homer. Giants catcher Buster Posey also hasn’t homered and is
2-for-9 in the World Series while red-hot third baseman Pablo
Sandoval (4-for-9 in the World Series) also hasn’t gone deep
despite batting .346 in the postseason.

TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX

LINE HISTORY: The line has not shifted too
much since opening climbing just two points from San Francisco
-125 to -127. The total opened at 7 and has yet to move.

WEATHER REPORT: A cloudy night is in store for
Game 3, but there is little chance of precipitation. There
temperature is expected to be a comfortable 64°F with a high
humidity. 

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Giants got what
they wanted in Kansas City, earning a split before heading back
home to San Francisco. It’s important to note that the Royals
have been one of the best road teams in baseball all year,
going 51-34. That’s a better record than the Giants have posted
at home (49-37). The pitching matchup is virtually a wash in
Game 3 with Guthrie squaring off against Hudson. I’m
anticipating a tight contest, with a late clutch hit proving to
be the difference. The total could offer some value at ‘7’ as a
low-scoring affair should be in order after back-to-back
blowouts. Consider playing the under.” – Covers Expert Sean Murphy

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Jeremy Guthrie
(0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Giants RH Tim Hudson (0-0, 3.29)

Guthrie is making his second start of the postseason, having
received a no-decision against Baltimore on Oct. 14 when he
gave up one run and three hits in five innings. He spent part
of 2012 in the National League with the Colorado Rockies and
has made two career starts at AT&T Park, going 0-1 with a
3.18 ERA in 11 1/3 innings. “He’s a tremendous clubhouse
presence and he’s a guy with a lot of experience,” Royals
manager Ned Yost said in a press conference.

Hudson will be pitching for the first time since taking a
no-decision against St. Louis on Oct. 14 when he allowed four
runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He lost his final four
regular-season starts and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said at a
press conference that Hudson’s issues were tied to a nagging
hip injury. “It’s hard enough to play this game when you’re
healthy but when you’re pitching and your hip’s bothering you a
little – he’s a warrior,” Bochy said. “He was never
complaining, he was never making excuses but it was a fact.”

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

*Royals are 5-1 in Guthries last 6 road starts.
*Giants are 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a right-handed
starter.
*Over is 11-4-2 in Royals last 17 games following an off
day.
*Over is 6-0 in Giants last 6 overall.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 55 percent of
Covers users are backing the Giants -127 with 62
percent backing the over.

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