World Series Betting Preview: Royals at Giants -10-25-2014

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Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants
(-125, 7)

Playoff Series: World Series; Kansas City
leads 2-1

Despite the fact they trail 2-1 in the World Series, the San
Francisco Giants will bypass ace Madison Bumgarner and stick
with scheduled starter Ryan Vogelsong for Saturday’s Game 4
against the Kansas City Royals. San Francisco manager Bruce
Bochy considered switching starters before staying with
Vogelsong. “He’s done a pretty good job for us, so he’s going
to have his start (Saturday),” Bochy said in Friday’s
postgame press conference. “Sure, we talked about other
options, but there is a confidence we have in Vogey.”

Kansas City has won two straight games since losing the
opener, and the relief trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and
Greg Holland has combined to allow one hit in seven scoreless
innings. A few standouts had their first hits of the World
Series in Friday’s victory – Alex Gordon (11 at-bats)
recorded an RBI double and Eric Hosmer (10 at-bats) delivered
a run-scoring single. San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval was
hitless in four at-bats to end his streak of reaching base in
25 straight postseason games, tied for third all-time with
former Baltimore standout Boog Powell (1966-71).  
 

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

LINE HISTORY: Lines opened at San Francisco
-125 with a total of 7 and have yet to move from that
point.

WEATHER REPORT: Clouds are expected to roll
in as game time approaches. There is a 40 percent chance of
precipitation, but it is unlike to amount to much. Winds are
forecasted to be blowing in towards the plate at 12 mph.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Jason Vargas
(1-0, 2.38 ERA) vs. Giants RH Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 5.19)

Vargas is pitching for the first time since Oct. 15 and only
the third time this postseason. He endured a winless
four-start stretch in September during which he gave up 18
runs in 18 innings but says he fixed a mechanical issue to
get himself back on track. “Just some fine-tuning of not
anything extraordinary,” Vargas said at his Friday press
conference. “Just getting back on track and getting some
opportunities to spend a couple more side sessions working on
executing some things that we hadn’t.”

Vogelsong is making his second World Series start, having
beaten Detroit in 2012 when he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless
innings. He said he plans to lean on the experience to keep
his focus in perspective when he steps on the mound against
the Royals. “I think the biggest thing is just the experience
of curbing the emotions,” Vogelsong said. “It’s definitely a
situation where you have to be locked into the game and your
thoughts need to be on the game, but you have to take a quick
second to look around and take it all in.”

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

*Royals are 2-5 in Vargas’ last 7 road starts.
*Giants are 6-1 in their last 7 World Series home games.
*Royals are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
*Under is 8-2 in Vogelsongs last 10 home starts.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 62.32 percent of Covers
users are taking the Giants -125 with 67.3 percent on the
over.

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