2014 World Series Pick: Giants Over Royals in Game 1

Jeff Grant

Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:18 PM GMT

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 1:18 PM GMT

The San Francisco Giants have won two of the last four World Series, which provides them a major edge when making your Game 1 picks against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday.

Pulling the Right Strings
San Francisco has won 15 of its last 17 postseason games, which is important to consider when making your MLB betting picks in this best-of-seven series, with a lot of the credit being given to its manager.

Bruce Bochy has gained a reputation of pulling the right strings since making the move from the San Diego Padres to the Bay Area, which has played a big part in the bullpen compiling a 2.00 ERA during the playoffs.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise won its last six games in the Fall Classic, while the UNDER is on a 5-2 run in that situation.

 

Running the Bases
Ned Yost has become the first manager in MLB history to win his first eight postseason games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the betting odds, especially since Kansas City has become the media darling in October.

The Royals have registered a 0.96 bullpen ERA since the start of their ALDS series against the Los Angeles Angels, but everyone’s been focused on their running game—swiping 13 bags and being caught just three times.

It’s important to point out that the squad has captured eight of its last 11 home games versus National League opponents, but each of those affairs were simply during regular season play.

 

Bumgarner
Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner has won three of his four postseason starts, including a 6-3 home victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in a series-clinching victory Thursday night, as he allowed three runs and five hits over eight frames.

The left-hander has compiled a perfect 4-0 record and 0.55 ERA in four playoff starts away from AT&T Park, with opposing hitters batting just .174 against him (.282 at home).

Bumgarner was handed a 4-2 road loss by the Royals on Aug. 8, as he surrendered four runs (three earned) and seven hits in eight innings of work.

 

Shields
Royals starting pitcher James Shields has led the team to victory in all three trips to the mound during the 2014 playoffs, but he’s allowed 10 runs and 21 hits over 16 combined innings over that span.

The right-hander went 4-6 with a 3.51 ERA in 15 home outings during the regular season—serving up just seven of his 23 round trippers at Kauffman Stadium.

Shields earned a 5-0 complete-game shutout against the Giants on Aug. 9, as he scattered four hits and struck out five batters.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as their top MLB pick to open this series, as they’ve won 12 of Bumgarner’s last 14 starts as a road favorite.

MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants -112 at Pinnacle Sports

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