World Series Game 2: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals

Date/Time: October 22, 8:07 p.m. ET


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Probable Starters: SF: Jake Peavy (0-0, 0.00) v. KC: Yordano Ventura (0-0, 0.00)

Moneyline: Kansas City -108

Total: 7

It’s a quick turnaround following Game 1 as the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals hit the field once again on Wednesday night. After a five-day layoff for the Royals and a four-day layoff for the Giants, the teams play back-to-back games before heading out to San Francisco for Games 3, 4, and 5. Game 2 is obviously a big game in the series because it is the difference between falling behind 2-0 or tying the series up at 1-1. Similarly, a 2-0 lead can be huge. In the 51 World Series that went 2-0, the team with the lead is 41-10. That means that there is a lot of pressure on the Royals after dropping Game 1.

Jake Peavy will take the hill for the Giants and he has plenty of experience against the Royals after pitching for the Chicago White Sox from 2009-13. Peavy has one of the season’s most dramatic turnarounds after he was traded to the Giants. With the Red Sox, Peavy was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. With the Giants, he was 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA. In two starts this postseason covering 9.2 innings of work, Peavy is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA, but he has walked six against just five strikeouts. Only 57 percent of Peavy’s pitches have been strikes, so he’s certainly fighting with his control and command late in the season. Even before the postseason, Peavy exceeded 200 innings for just the second time since 2007 and he has had sporadic arm problems.

For 23-year-old Yordano Ventura, there’s no bigger spot than this. The fireballing right-hander takes the mound for Game 2 of the World Series in his first full season as a Major Leaguer. Ventura wrapped up the regular season with a 14-10 mark and a 3.20 ERA. He has struggled through the postseason, though his ALDS start was spectacular and his numbers are skewed a bit by the awful position manger Ned Yost put Ventura in during the Wild Card game. Ventura has allowed seven runs on 12 hits in 13 postseason innings. He allowed one run in seven innings in the ALDS and allowed four runs in 5.2 innings in the ALCS.

Peavy is 5-7 with a 4.97 ERA in his career against the Royals. In his last eight starts against the Royals, from 2011-13, Peavy has a 5.73 ERA. Current Royals are batting .287/.337/.460 in 190 plate appearances. The Giants were 8-4 in Peavy’s 12 starts and are 1-1 in his two playoff starts.

Ventura has never faced the Giants. In his interleague career, Ventura is 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts. The Royals were 18-12 in Ventura’s 30 regular season starts and are 2-0 in his two playoff starts.

Free MLB Pick: Kansas City Royals

Jake Peavy is struggling and it’s reasonable to assume that the heavy workload has caught up with him this season. He’s dealt with arm problems and there’s a lot of mileage on the 33-year-old. The Royals won’t wait long if Ventura is struggling and they throw waves of high-quality arms at opponents once the starter exits the game. The Giants have not faced Ventura, which gives him an edge that Peavy doesn’t have.