Betting Baseball: Giants Come Up Large in Matinee Over Royals

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:53 PM GMT

Kansas City and San Francisco wrap up a short two-game set by the Bay on Wednesday afternoon. For those betting baseball and just fans of the sport, it's hard to comprehend these two were in the 2014 World Series.

It is amazing how quickly things can change, and for the Royals and Giants it has been rather abrupt in 2016. The Royals go for the sweep in this matinee after Tuesday night's 8-1 thumping at AT&T Park. While amazing might be too strong of a descriptive adjective, my recent 11-5 mark for MLB picks is at least pretty good, right?

 

Pitching Matchup: Hammel Vs. Cueto

Jason Hammel (2-6, 5.43 ERA) is coming off his best performance of the season, with seven strong innings and conceding one run on four hits to Houston, not walking a batter for a second straight start. Next is taking that improvement on the road, where he has a 6.43 ERA and is being ripped at .330 batting average. When Hammel is at his best, the sinker/slider combination is really a factor. The 34-year-old is 0-3 lifetime against San Francisco (teams' record is 4-7) with a fine 3.11 ERA

Former Royal Johnny Cueto (5-5, 4.33) is a mixed bag in 2017. The Dominican is averaging a strikeout an inning and has close to a 4/1 K/BB ratio. The downside is Cueto is allowing a hit an inning, something he has not done since his first two years in the big leagues with Cincinnati in 2008-09. Along with that problem, he's on pace to give up his most home runs in a single season. Cueto is 1-2 with 3.79 ERA career vs. the club he got a World Series ring with in 2015.

 

Offenses Improving, But Long Way From Ordinary

Both the Royals and Giants have made offensive stride of late, yet both have work to do ranked 28th and 29th, respectively, in the majors in runs scored. The greatest weakness for each club is the ability to have a flow of base-runners during any given game and that is easy to find out why, since only San Diego has a worse on-base percentage than this duo.

K.C. does have one advantage over San Francisco: the ability to leave the yard. The Royals are 19th in home runs, while the Giants are weaklings with only 49 dingers, which is the fewest in baseball.

 

Betting Odds & Bullpen Numbers

The MLB odds have San Francisco as significant -170 home favorites with a total of 7.5. The Giants bullpen has moved up to 10th in ERA, in spite of being in the bottom five in punchouts. Kansas City has lost its way and is 22nd after having a domineering pen just a few years ago.

 

The Winner Is ...

This is a rather ugly matchup' and while K.C. is averaging 6.9 RPG in its last seven tries it is 2-10 when Hammel starts, which includes 0-4 on the road. Conversely, San Francisco is 4-1 when Cueto takes the ball at AT&T Park, and Hammel is 2-10 on the teams he has pitched for on the road if they are off an away victory.

Free MLB Play: Giants -170Best Line Offered: JustBet

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