World Series Game 1 Odds – Giants’ Bumgarner vs. Royals’ Shields

The stage is set. The players are ready and rested … really rested. There’s nothing left to do now but play the games.

It has been four full days since the Giants eliminated the Cardinals in the NLCS, and five full days since the Royals ousted the Orioles in the ALCS. Finally, tonight, the World Series gets underway as Madison Bumgarner and the Giants will try to steal home field advantage from James Shields and the Royals (8:07 p.m. Eastern at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City). 

The stage is set. The players are ready and rested … really rested. There’s nothing left to do now but play the games.

It has been four full days since the Giants eliminated the Cardinals in the NLCS, and five full days since the Royals ousted the Orioles in the ALCS. Finally, tonight, the World Series gets underway as Madison Bumgarner and the Giants will try to steal home field advantage from James Shields and the Royals (8:07 p.m. Eastern at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City).

Recent history could not be more disparate for these two teams. The Giants will be looking for their third World Series title in five years, while the Royals will be looking for their first since 1985. Indeed, the Royals had not even made the playoffs since 1985, the longest drought in North American professional sports.

Lefty Madison Bumgarner has been almost unhittable in the post-season, posting a 2-1 record in four starts, and allowing just 19 hits and six runs in 31.2 innings. All of that adds up to a sterling 1.72 ERA. The only cause for concern is that Bumgarner did give up two home runs in his last outing; but he still managed to go eight strong and limit the Cardinals to three runs. Bumgarner is likely the only player who doesn’t feel like he’s coming off an extended layoff for game one. “MadBum’s” last start was four days ago in the deciding game of the NLCS.

The Giants have won eight of their ten postseason games to get to the World Series, but there is some concern that the layoff will have cooled their red-hot bats.

“It’s definitely different because we have played so many games over the last 7 1/2, eight months. But you just understand it’s one of those things,” Giants catcher Buster Posey said.

While the Giants have been dominant this postseason, the Royals have been positively tyrannical (at least in the win-loss column). The Royals are the first team to start a playoff season 8-0 and come into game one on five days’ rest.  They will send right-hander James Shields to the hill to open the series; “Big Game James” has made three starts in these playoffs and has a 1-0 record. But he has not been as impressive as MadBum, allowing 21 hits and ten earned runs in 16 innings. Shields’ ERA (5.63) looks astronomical next to Bumgarner’s.

The Giants enter the game as slight favorites due to the fact that they are the more experienced team and will have Bumgarner on the mound. The home dogs are listed at -102 in the moneyline for game one while the Giants are -108.

Keep in mind Kansas City is 3-0 against San Francisco this season.

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Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.