World Series Game 7: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals

Date/Time: October 29, 8:07 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook

Probable Starters: SF: Tim Hudson (0-1, 4.76) v. KC: Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.60)

Moneyline: Kansas City -133

Total: 7

The beginning of the Major League Baseball season was on March 22 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played in Australia. For most teams, however, the season started on March 31. Nearly six months later, it all comes down to one game for baseball’s World Series championship. The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will play in a winner-take-all Game 7 at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City. For the Royals, it’s an opportunity to win the franchise’s second World Series and first since 1985. For the Giants, it’s a chance to win three World Series rings in five seasons.

Tim Hudson is 38 years old with 471 games under his belt at the Major League level. Every single one of them pales in comparison to his upcoming Game 7 start. The right-hander made personal history by appearing in the Championship Series for the first time in his 16-year career and now he has a chance to pitch his team to a World Series ring in the biggest start of his life. Hudson was strong in his NLDS start, scattering seven hits that led to one run. In two starts since then, Hudson has allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 12 innings of work. He gave up three runs on four hits in San Francisco’s Game 3 loss. Overall this postseason, Hudson is 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA. He has a 15/1 K/BB ratio over 19.1 innings of work.

Jeremy Guthrie is pitching in the postseason for the first time in his 11-year career. He has 277 games worth of experience and, like Hudson, every single one of them pales in comparison to this game. His services were not needed in Kansas City’s ALDS sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He threw five innings in the ALCS and allowed one run on three hits in Kansas City’s Game 3 win. In Game 3 of the World Series, Guthrie allowed two runs on four hits in five-plus innings and left after getting in trouble the third time through the lineup. Guthrie did not strike out or walk a batter in that start.

An interesting wrinkle for this game is that the starters may not factor into the game all that much. Madison Bumgarner is expected to be available in relief for the Giants and Bruce Bochy could also opt to use Tim Lincecum, along with his other relievers. On the other side, Ned Yost should have the services of James Shields, though he has struggled, but more importantly, Danny Duffy will be available with all hands on deck. The Royals also have one of the game’s top bullpens and all hands will be on deck with Yordano Ventura’s deep start with a big lead in Game 6.

Hudson spent the majority of his career in the American League and had a 3-3 record against the Royals from 1999-2004. He has two starts against the Royals so far this season. In his regular season start, he allowed three runs on six hits over six innings in a loss. He gave up three runs on four hits in Game 3 of the World Series. The Giants were 17-14 in Hudson’s 31 regular season starts and they are 2-1 in his three postseason starts.

Guthrie hadn’t faced the Giants since 2011 when he spent a brief period of time with the Colorado Rockies. Other than that, Guthrie has spent his entire career in the American League. He gave up two runs on four hits in his Game 3 start. The Royals were 19-13 in Guthrie’s 32 regular season starts and they are 2-0 in his two postseason starts.

Free MLB Pick: Kansas City Royals

Even though Madison Bumgarner is available for the Giants, one has to wonder how eager Bruce Bochy is to go that route. Ned Yost has been playing with house money throughout the playoffs and he won’t hesitate to use everybody, as unconventional as it may be. There’s an interesting dichotomy between the managers here and Bochy is definitely a better manager. However, the Royals have the better bullpen and it’s easier to trust Guthrie right now than it is to trust Hudson. Look for the Royals to be the champions. The last team to win a World Series Game 7 on the road was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. Home teams are 8-0 since then.

(Author’s note: A sincere thank you to everybody that has read these postseason previews and the game previews throughout the season. I hope that they have won you some money or helped you look at baseball, betting or otherwise, in a different light. Look for the 30-team MLB Win Total series again beginning in mid-to-late February and other content to get you prepared for the 2015 season. Thank you again and best of luck during football, basketball, and whatever else you wager on.)