MLB Game Picks – Friday: October 24, 2014

The World Series resumes tonight in San Francisco with the Giants and Royals each winning a game in Kansas City. I laugh when I see news outlets calling tonight’s game a “Pivotal Game.” Well, of course! The teams are tied and one team is going to go one up. That would be the definition of pivotal, would it not? We all need our headlines.

And tonight’s pitching line is very interesting. Either pitcher could be brutal, or he could be brilliant. It’s all a matter of how much they are able to throw the ball where they want to throw it. The go-go Royals can play gap ball and run like crazy. But the Giants can mash. It will be interesting.

Here is the pick:

  • The Giants over the Royals: Tim Hudson has not won a post season game since 2001. He has had one great start this post season and one not so great. He has not walked a batter and I don’t suppose he will walk the free-swinging Royals. It is the ability to limit walks that I like him over Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie is a true contact pitcher who relies on the good defense to keep his BABIP against down. He has the perfect team behind him to accomplish that for him. Hudson has gone deeper into his post season games which he needs to do tonight. The Giants don’t need another bullpen fiasco. Guthrie will not go deep into the game. But the Royals’ bullpen is lock down. The Giants must go ahead early and stay there. If they don’t, they lose. Like I said, this is going to be very interesting. The Royals will miss having the DH.

Last time out: 1-0, Post Season: 13-14, Season: 1328-1104

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