Game 1 of the 2014 World Series odds, picks, preview has the San Francisco Giants at the Kansas City Royals. Madison Bumgarner is on the bump for the Giants, while James Shields takes the rock for Kansas City. The game is 8:05 on Fox TV.
The game is close to a pick as depending on the sportsbook either team is a modest favorite. The total is 6.5 across the board with -125 on the under and just -105 juice on the over.
The Giants are 96-76 on the season for +16 units. They have been kindest to backers on the road at 47-39 for +13.1 units. They are 65-46 to right-handed starters +15 units. Though their overall over/unders are split at 81-81 including 40-40 on the road (excludes pushes) they have gone over 60-45 to right-handed starters.
The Royals are 97-43 for +12.6 units, but just 46-39 at home for -6.6. They are a modest under team both overall at under 85-77 including 44-39 at home. Obviously both teams are hit with San Francisco winning 10-of-12, while KC is 11-1 to teams with a winning record, 9-0 as underdogs, and 42-18 with Shields. KC has won five straight in the series. San Francisco has gone over 18-5 as playoff favorites.
Madison Bumgarner has compelling splits with a .306 OBP against at home, but he is on the road now where it’s just .257. His road ERA is 2.22 compared to 4.03 at home. James Shields also is better on the road most notably when it comes to ERA though it is true with almost all metrics. His road ERA is 3.13 but he is pitching at home where it is 3.64.
Betting trends say that it is a stunning 50/50 split on the side with 60 percent expecting the game to go over. Pro gamblers though are siding with Joe Duffy’s Picks. Yes it has been a fantastic MLB season that we are sorry to see go, though exceeded by our excitement for NBA season. We are 52-28 in MLB including 5-1 the last six. While underdog winners are too many to list, just Wise Guys include winners of 260, 186, 181, 150, 135 along the way. Get a Wise Guy winner on both the side and total of World Series Game 1 Giants-Royals at OffshoreInsiders.com from Joe Duffy’s Picks.