Back Underdog Giants in 2014 World Series Rematch in K.C.

Charles Stark

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017 1:37 PM UTC

Neither the San Francisco Giants nor Kansas City Royals have gotten off to the start that they had hoped for so far this MLB season. Tuesday, the Giants travel to K.C. for an interleague matchup and have been made a small underdog. Is there any value in backing the visitors?

San Francisco Giants

Matt Cain gets the start for San Francisco and comes in with a 4.82 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in two starts this season. Over the last few years he has really struggled in comparison to his dominant form in his mid-20s, but Tuesday could be a good night for him on the mound. Although he had a rough start in San Diego in allowing four earned runs in just four innings, he had a decent bounce-back game against one of the best hitting teams in baseball in Arizona allowing just one earned run over five innings.

Here, he faces a Kansas City team that has been really struggling at the plate so I like for him to come in and give San Francisco a quality start and a chance to win. Offensively, San Francisco has been subpar swinging the bat so far, ranking around the middle the league in most categories. However, theGiants don’t strike out very much and they should get a boost by getting All-Star catcher Buster Posey back into the lineup off the seven-day concussion list.


Kansas City Royals

Jason Hammel takes the mound for Kansas City and comes in with a 6.52 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in two starts. Like Kansas City at the plate, he has not started out well this season in getting roughed up against both Minnesota and Oakland in allowing seven total earned runs over nine innings along with 13 hits altogether. Although he is a veteran with 11 years experience, he still has a 4.43 career ERA and I don’t expect him to hold the Giants down in this contest.

At the plate Kansas City, has really struggled to score runs and out of their 12 games so far only twice have they scored more than three. They are hitting just .210 as a team and averaging 6.75 hits per game, both of which rank them second to last in the major leagues. They are also second to last in OPS and batting average on balls in play. They are on a nice little winning streak recently mostly due to their strong pitching over the past four games, but I think there is good value in fading them tonight.


Pick Analysis

MLB odds makers currently have San Francisco as a +114 underdog and for my MLB pick I will take them as a value play. Neither pitcher has come out throwing this year exceptionally well, but San Francisco comes in hitting the ball a bit better.

Free MLB Pick: Giants +114Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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