The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals both failed to reach the 90 win mark during the regular season, but they have gotten hot at the right time of the year. No one is as hot as the Kansas City Royals, who haven’t lost a game yet in the postseason, but the Giants are also 8-2 and playing tremendous baseball. The Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. Can they do it again in 2014? The Giants have a definite edge when it comes to experience in this kind of situation, but the Royals come into this series with a ton of momentum. Let’s get to some key trends to watch in this World Series.
-The San Francisco Giants are 6-0 in their last 6 World Series games.
-The Giants are 4-0 in their last 4 World Series road games.
-The Giants are 16-5 in their last 21 playoff road games.
-The Giants are 0-5 in their last 5 games against Kansas City.
-Madison Bumgarner will start Game One for the Giants, and the Giants are 17-5 in Bumgarner’s last 22 road starts.
-The Royals have been dangerous as an underdog. Kansas City has cashed in nine straight times as an underdog.
-Kansas City is 11-1 in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning record.
-The Royals are 16-5 in their last 21 following a day off. They had a bunch of days off this time around. Will it help or hurt them?
-James Shields will start Game One for the Royals and Kansas City is 42-18 in his last 60 starts. The Royals are 20-8 in Shields’ last 28 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
-Jake Peavy will start Game Two for the Giants, and the Giants are 7-1 in his last 8 starts. The Giants are 5-1 in Peavy’s last 6 road starts.
-Yordano Ventura will start Game Two for the Royals, and the Royals are 17-5 in his last 22 starts.
-The over is a perfect 4-0 in the Giants last 4 games overall.
-The over is 18-5 in the Giants last 23 playoff games as a favorite.
-The under is 5-2 in Bumgarner’s last 7 road starts.
-The over is 4-0 in Shields’ last 4 starts overall.
Keep these trends in mind as you make your bets during the World Series. The baseball season is a long grind. Stay sharp for a little bit longer, and then you’ll have a break until Spring Training rolls back around! Finish out the season strong!