Game Pick and Prop Bets
Madison Bumgarner did not disappoint last night as he cruised through the Royals line up in Kansas City to win Game 1 for the Giants. The last 5 winners of Game 1 have gone on to win the World Series. Let’s dig in to Game 2 for tonight’s action.
Yordano Ventura toes the rubber for the Royals tonight looking to avoid losing the first two games in this series at home. The Royals are 6-1 as a team in his last 7 starts with him posting a 2.68 ERA. At home this year, he is 5-7 with a 3.27 ERA. The Royals are averaging 4.1 runs per game against RHP. When Ventura is on the mound as a home favorite, the Royals are 7-7 as a team this year.
Jake Peavy endured a tough year in 2014. However, his record does not completely reflect his performance. His team was just 4-5 this year when Peavy was on the hill as a road underdog. However, in his last 7 starts the Giants are 6-1 and Peavy has a 1.54 ERA. Peavy has struggled against Kansas City in his career, posting a 4.97 ERA. The Giants are averaging 4.4 runs per game against RHP. The Giants hit .271 against fastballs above 95 MPH on the year, which bodes well against Ventura.
Play: Giants +105
Giants Total Hits O/U 8.5
Royals Total Hits O/U 8.5
Total Pitchers in the Game O/U 9.5
There is 1 prop bet that sticks out with the statistics above. The Giants are hitting .271 against fastballs above 95 MPH on the year. Ventura doesn’t throw a fastball below 95 MPH. In the last 10 games the Giants have been held to less than 8 hits 4 times. Ventura averages 1.08 hits per inning on the season with teams hitting just .240 against him. The entire cast of the Royals bullpen throws gas as well, rarely getting below 95 MPH on the radar gun. The Giants should have 6 or 7 hits off Ventura’s fastball alone. Lean towards over 8.5 hits for the Giants.
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