Madison Baumgarner allowed a solo shot to Salvador Perez in the seventh inning to snap his record-setting scoreless innings on the road in the postseason steak. Other than that? It’s hard to find anything that went wrong for the 26-year old breakout star. The Giants got to Shields early, scoring three runs in the first on Hunter Pence’s blast, and that was all they’d need for the entire night. To say the game was over before the first Royals’ batter stepped into the box sounds dramatic, but it turned out to be overwhelmingly true.
It was a tough way to have an unbeaten postseason run snapped, at home nonetheless, but the good thing about a big loss in the playoffs is that it is JUST one loss (to the Giants ace in a game you had to figure would be tough), and if history tells us anything it is that one blowout loss doesn’t mean the series is over. I don’t see this Royals team as a group that will hang their heads and shrink up after one defeat. But might the Giants just be a superior team?
We will find out tonight in an important Game Two featuring a veteran stalwart against a young flamethrower. It should be fun. Let’s see if we can notch an 11th win in 14 postseason picks.
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Today’s Free Pick:
World Series Game Two – @Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
San Francisco Giants +101 at Kansas City Royals -111 (Total: 7)
Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Ventura
The Royals came thudding back to earth last night, but a nice way to rebound quickly is to send a young flamethrower to the mound. Ventura hasn’t been great in the playoffs so far, but he has got enough innings to adjust to the bright lights of postseason play. I expect him to pitch well this evening against a tough, savvy Giants lineup.
Opposing the 23-year old is the veteran Peavy whose career way revived after his trade to the Giants. He has been money since coming over posting an ERA under 2.00. In the playoffs his ERA is 1.86, but in his five lifetime postseason starts he only has made it through the fifth inning twice. He has only pitched 9 2/3 innings in two starts this postseason, and while the Giants bullpen is capable, if the Royals can make them pitch four or five innings, I like their chances.
This game is critical for the Royals. A loss tonight and I think their Cinderella run is over. A win and it’s “game on” for an awesome series. Expect them to play with that appropriate desperation, and for them to wreak havoc on the basepaths. I’ll take the Royals in a tight and tense game.