World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals
Date/Time: October 21, 8:07 p.m. ET
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: SF: Madison Bumgarner (0-0, 0.00) v. KC: James Shields (0-0, 0.00)
Moneyline: San Francisco -108
The San Francisco Giants are hoping for their third World Series championship since 2010. The Kansas City Royals are hoping for their first World Series championship since 1985 and second in franchise history. The 2014 Fall Classic begins on Tuesday night from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Because the American League won the World Series, the Giants will start on the road for the fourth consecutive series, including the wild card round.
No pitcher has been better this postseason than Madison Bumgarner. In four starts, Bumgarner is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA. He’s given up five runs on 19 hits in 31.2 innings of work with a 28/5 K/BB ratio. Overall, Bumgarner has been spectacular in the playoffs in his career. Over 67.1 innings of work, the Giants are 8-3 in Bumgarner’s 10 starts and one relief appearance and he has posted a 2.67 ERA. Bumgarner ended the regular season 18-10 with a 2.98 ERA. He hit the All-Star Break with a 3.47 ERA and posted a 2.29 ERA in 13 starts after the Break. The Giants were 9-4 in those 13 starts and Bumgarner was 8-3. He’s really locked in right now and the Giants have to be excited that he gets to pitch on full rest in Game 1.
“Big Game” James Shields might need a new nickname after what has transpired this postseason. The Royals are 3-0 in his three starts, mostly because they’re 8-0 overall, the first team to ever start the postseason 8-0. But Shields has a 5.63 ERA in his three starts with 10 runs allowed on 21 hits over 16 innings of work. Fortunately for him, the Royals have given him 25 runs of support. In 50.1 career playoff innings, Shields has a 5.19 ERA. He was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA during the regular season and was strong down the stretch for the Royals with a 2.62 ERA in 14 starts after the All-Star Break.
Bumgarner has faced the Royals once and that start came earlier this season. He allowed three earned runs over eight innings of work. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter, but did take the loss. In his interleague career, Bumgarner is 5-5 with a 4.31 ERA. The Giants were 20-13 in Bumgarner’s 33 regular season starts and they are 3-1 in his four playoff starts.
Shields has faced the Giants once and he threw a complete game shutout. That start was earlier this season and he struck out five, walked one, and scattered four hits. In 33 interleague starts with one relief appearance, Shields is 15-9 with a 4.07 ERA. The Royals were 21-13 in Shields’s 34 regular season starts and they are 3-0 in his postseason starts.
Free MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants
Facing unfamiliar lefties is very tough to do and the Royals do not have much experience facing Madison Bumgarner. Obviously all of these games are huge to both teams, but the Giants have been through this before and it should come a bit more naturally to them. For the Royals, this has been a magical ride and it would be an enormous disappointment not to win it all. They may be a little bit tighter than the Giants with the extended layoff to think about everything.