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Giants vs. Royals Pick MLB – World Series Game Six

A fan in the stands sign at Game Five read “Hunter Pence’s Mom has a tattoo that says “son.” If that’s the case, then I can only image the tattoo Mrs. Baumgarner is sporting right now. He son pitched his way in World Series history and eternal lore Sunday night, hurling his second consecutive World Series scoreless appearance, this time a complete game shutout, and lowering his World Series career ERA to 0.29. That’s not a typo. But it is the lowest ERA in World Series history for a pitcher with four or more appearances.

The result of Baumgarner’s brilliance combined with Pence and Sandoval has staked the Giants to a 3-2 series lead. Tonight the series shifts to Kansas City. The good news for the Giants is that they are just a single win from their thid title in five years. The bad news is that Baumgarner will not start again so someone else is going to need to give them a better outing than they’ve gotten from their other three starters so far.

So, do we wrap up the series tonight or can young Yordano Venture flame-throw the Royals to a decisive and thrilling Game Seven?? Let’s dig in to today’s free pick.

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Today’s Free Picks:

World Series – Game Six @ Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO

San Francisco Giants +127 at Kansas City Royals -136 (Total: 7)

Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Ventura

The hardest throwing starting pitcher in all of baseball will get the ball for the Royals tonight with the season on the line. That statement should breed confidence, but it is tempered with the fact that the flamethrower is a 23-year old rookie. His opponent is in his 13th MLB season, veteran Jake Peavy.

Despite the youth, I’ll give the edge to Ventura tonight. Peavy has been excellent since joining the Giants midseason, but he does enter with the fourth highest ERA in World Series history at 7.37. Yes, it is only a four-start sample size, but it is enough evidence to tip the scale slightly in Ventura’s favor.

Also in the Royals favor is a return to American League rules where they can get the vitally needed bat of Billy Butler back in the lineup. It also means the addition of Michael Morse for the Giants, but the bigger edge is that the Royals do NOT have to send a pitcher who hasn’t faced big league pitching in years (or ever) to the plate in a big situation or to burn through a reliever prematurely since his spot in the batting order is due.

The Royals SHOULD be feeling the pressure tonight, but I honestly don’t think they will. This dugout has been laughing throughout the series and is simply “playing” baseball. It’s been a fun ride and I don’t think they want it to end tonight. I think KC manufactures a few runs off Peavy and their bullpen puts an ugly Game Five behind them and gets back to their normal dominant selves.

I’ll take the Royals to force the most magical words in all of sports, “Game Seven”

Free Pick: Kansas City Royals to WIN -136