San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals (-132,
Kansas City avoided elimination with a convincing victory and
either the Royals or visiting San Francisco Giants will be
crowned champions when Game 7 of the World Series is held on
Wednesday. San Francisco was in position to win the series in
Game 6, but the Royals racked up 15 hits and rolled to a 10-0
victory. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is available for relief
duty in the finale as San Francisco looks to win its third
title in five seasons.
The Giants have struggled to get strong outings from their
starters when Bumgarner doesn’t pitch and Game 6 starter Jake
Peavy lasted just 1 1/3 innings while being charged with five
runs. Kansas City has won two of its three home games in the
series as the lineup has a different feel to it when it
includes designated hitter Billy Butler. “Billy is a big
presence in that lineup offensively for us,” Royals manager Ned
Yost said in a press conference. “Right in the middle of the
lineup, he’s been a proven run producer and it’s just a big
comfort level having him back in there.”
TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX
LINE: The Royals opened as -125 home favorites
for the winner-take-all Game 7 and have been bet to -132. The
total for the game is set at 7.0.
WEATHER REPORT: It should be a beautiful night
for baseball in Kansas City with clear skies and temperatures
in the low 50’s in the forecast.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “Game 7, winner-take-all. The
Royals send Game 3 pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to the mound and the
Giants counter with Tim Hudson. As these may be the starters
both teams will have every pitcher available. After the Royals
torched the Giants in Game 6, they are getting all the early
action as 1.5 run faves with 94 percent of the action and 70
percent of the action on the moneyline, with the over 7 runs
total getting 77 percent of the action so far.” –
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “It had to be a tough call
for the Giants to start Tim Hudson as you can be sure Madison
Bumgarner pushed for the nod, even on three days rest. I hate
the ‘team of destiny’ tag line but there’s no question the
Royals fit the bill. Line looks about right in this matchup,
I’ll unfortunately be a spectator only.” – Covers
Expert Sean Murphy.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Tim Hudson (0-1,
3.72 ERA) vs. Royals RH Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 2.70)
Hudson took the loss in Game 3 when he gave up three runs and
four hits in 5 2/3 innings in his first career World Series
start. He has walked just one hitter in 19 1/3 postseason
innings while striking out 15. Hudson has found victories hard
to come by in the postseason as he is 1-4 with a 3.53 ERA in 13
career appearances (12 starts).
Guthrie defeated Hudson in Game 3 when he allowed two runs and
four hits in five innings. He said he is ready to the task of
pitching in a Game 7 as Kansas City looks for its first title
since 1985. “I feel like I’m in as good of shape and in as good
position to pitch well as I’ve been all season long,” Guthrie
said in his Tuesday press conference. “And that’s a good place
to be, to not have to worry about being fatigued or not have to
worry about any lingering soreness.”
* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Kansas City.
* Giants are 1-7 in the last eight meetings in Kansas City.
* Over is 4-0 in Giants last four World Series road games.
* Royals are 5-0 in their last five games as a home favorite.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Over 63 percent of wagers
are backing the Royals at home. Over 67 percent of the total
wagers are on the over 7.0.