World Series Game 3: Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants

Date/Time: October 24, 8:07 p.m. ET


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Probable Starters: KC: Jeremy Guthrie (0-0, 0.00) v. SF: Tim Hudson (0-0, 0.00)

Moneyline: San Francisco -124

Total: 7

A couple of guys that have been around a long time will each make their first World Seres start in a pivotal Game 3 as Jeremy Guthrie takes on Tim Hudson. With 746 career appearances between the two of them, this will easily be the biggest start of each of their careers. The series is tied at 1-1 thanks to Kansas City’s 7-2 win in Game 2. The team that takes a 2-1 series lead is 55-26 in the World Series in Major League history. In the 2-3-2 format, the Giants could sweep the three games at home and avoid a trip back to Kansas City, but it starts with a win in Game 3.

Jeremy Guthrie threw the ball effectively in his first career postseason start. He pitched Game 3 of the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles and gave up just one run on three hits. Guthrie wrapped up the regular season with a 13-11 record and a 4.13 ERA. The 35-year-old really stepped up down the stretch with a 3.06 ERA in his final 11 starts of the season. He was 7-2 in that span and the Royals were 8-3 in his starts. Guthrie doesn’t have a particularly impressive repertoire, but he’s made a career out of having a high pitching IQ and that’s definitely important with so much on the line during October.

Tim Hudson is the active leader in pitching wins and has had a very impressive career, but he was missing a World Series start. He’ll have a chance to pitch the Giants one game closer to a ring on Friday night. Hudson had been on the losing team in all six previous series he had pitched in before the Giants won in the NLDS and NLCS this postseason. He has one strong start and one mediocre start through two outings so far, with 7.1 fine innings in the NLDS and four runs allowed on seven hits over 6.1 innings in the NLCS. Hudson finished the regular season 9-13 with a 3.57 ERA.

Guthrie has spent the bulk of his career in the American League, except for a 19-game stint with the Colorado Rockies in 2012. Guthrie is 0-1 in three career starts against the Giants with a 6.14 ERA, but all two starts came in 2012 and one in 2010. Current Giants have only 45 plate appearances against Guthrie. The Royals were 19-13 in Guthrie’s 32 starts and won in his lone postseason start.

Hudson is 3-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 11 career starts against the Royals. He faced them this season for the first time since 2004. He gave up three runs on six hits in six innings. The Giants were 17-14 in Hudson’s 31 starts and are 2-0 in his postseason starts.

Free MLB Pick: Kansas City Royals

AT&T Park is tuned pretty nicely to Jeremy Guthrie’s pitching style and the Royals’ team speed could wreak some havoc on Tim Hudson’s pitch-to-contact style. Double plays aren’t as easy to turn with the Royals’ speed and lefties had a lot of success against Hudson. The Royals defense should play up at AT&T Park with an early evening game and the cool marine air.