World Series Betting Preview: Royals at Giants -10-26-2014

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Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants (-162,
6.5)

The San Francisco Giants have evened the World Series and
will send ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound when they host
the Kansas City Royals in Sunday’s Game 5. Bumgarner has
allowed just one run over 22 innings of three career World
Series starts and perplexed Kansas City hitters while winning
Game 1. The Royals will start James Shields, who was shelled
in Game 1 as part of a miserable string of postseason
performances.

The Giants produced an 11-4 victory in Game 3 as Hunter Pence
had three hits and three RBIs while Pablo Sandoval and Joe
Panik each drove in two runs. The defeat was only the second
this postseason for Kansas City and the players are highly
aware that this has become a best-of-three series with only
one more game left to be played in San Francisco. “If we win
(Sunday), we have the ability to go home and basically win
one of two and we’re world champions,” first baseman Eric
Hosmer told reporters after Saturday’s game.

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

LINE HISTORY: The Westgate LV Superbook
opened this game with the Giants as -162 faves and a total of
6.5.

WEATHER FORECAST: Temperatures will be in
the mid-60s under sunny skies and wind will blow out to right
field at 14 mph.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH James Shields
(1-1, 7.11 ERA) vs. Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (3-1, 1.40)

Shields has had a rough postseason and was shelled for five
runs and seven hits in three-plus innings in Game 1. Royals
manager Ned Yost refused to get down on Shields and said he
continues to think his next outing will be a breakthrough
start. “I know his intensity, I know his work ethic, I know
his competitiveness,” Yost said at his Saturday press
conference. “I know that as much as a lot of you guys think
that these guys are lights out perfect every time they go out
there, they’re not. They’re human beings.”

Bumgarner held the Royals to one run and three hits in seven
innings in Game 1 and has 33 strikeouts against six walks in
the postseason. He was considered to pitch on short rest in
Game 4 before being held back for Game 5 and said he feels
fresh despite the heavy workload. “I feel as good as I’ve
felt all year right now, which is fortunate for me,”
Bumgarner said in his Saturday press conference. “It usually
don’t work out that way but for whatever reason, everything
started clicking in the last two months and I’ve been feeling
really good.”

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Royals are 8-0 in their last eight games as a road
underdog.
* Royals are 6-0 in Shields’ last six Sunday starts.
* Giants are 10-2 in Bumgarner’s last 12 starts.
* Royals are 4-1 in their last five games with Wendelstedt
behind home plate.

COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 55.67 percent of bettors are backing the Giants.

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