This MLB handicapper shares his free pick for Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, after the more experienced Giants, behind veteran starter Bumgarner snapped the Royals’ 9 game winning streak.
The more experienced Giants, behind veteran starter Bumgarner, obeyed my command in snapping the Royals’9 game winning streak and taking a commanding 1-0 lead in the World Series. I say commanding because, although San Francisco is now a seemingly prohibitive 2 to 1 favorite to win this event, you must consider that 14 out of the last 17 World Series’ winners won the 1st game. The Peter Principle could well be in effect here. The less experienced Royals may well be satisfied just to have reached this event, after dispatching the 3 best teams in the AL, Oakland, the LA Angels, and the Baltimore Orioles to ascend to their spot in the 2014 World Series. That is not to knock their current run of 49-24 since July 22nd, when they were meandering at 48-50. Conversely, the more veteran playoff experienced, Giants, now appear to be peaking at the right time themselves with runs of 9-2 and 4-0. Having won 2 of the last 4 World Series, gives them a huge experience edge to apply to your MLB picks.
Although the KC bullpen has received much of the ink in this playoff series, note that Giant relievers are peaking at the right time with an ERA of 1.69 in 12 2/3 IP of the last 4 games. A look at the starting pitchers for this game gives us a similar experience edge to the SF Giants.
Ventura pitched outstanding baseball in his first season with the Royals. That includes KC winning his most recent 6 appearances in which he has worked 31 IP, allowing just 12 runs. In a pair of playoff starts, Ventura has worked 12 2/3 IP against Baltimore and LAA, allowing just 5 runs and 10 hits. Nor can I knock his work from this mound for the season. In 16 home starts, spanning 95 1/3 IP, Ventura twirled a 3.21 home ERA.
But, there may not have been a bigger turnaround story in all of baseball than Jake Peavy. Languishing with last season’s World Series champs, Boston, Peavy was offered a chance to be reborn with his mid-season trade to the Giants. He has taken full advantage and is in no small part a reason why they are here. Since being acquired by San Fran, Peavy has made 12 starts, working 78 2/3 IP with a 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 58/17 KBB. Those are truly turnaround numbers from his time with the Red Sox. Down the stretch, San Fran won 7/8 recent Peavy starts, in which he allowed only 9 runs and 32 hits in his 48 2/3 IP. Minor cause for concern is his previous work in this ballpark. In 7 road starts from this mound, Peavy is 1-5 with a 6.42 ERA.
In the final analysis for Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, I favor the greater experience of San Francisco gunning for their 3rd title in 5 years. In a similar way, the veteran Peavy offers a notable edge against the rookie, Ventura, in this setting.
Free MLB Pick: Play San Fran to take a commanding 2-0 World Series lead at Pinnacle