The Kansas City Royals will play host the San Francisco Giants in a rematch of the World Series three years ago. It will be the first time the two teams have met since Alex Gordon was stranded 90 feet from home, representing the tying run in Game Seven with a certain southpaw on the mound. The Giants have gotten off to a slow start in their season, bringing up the rear in the National League West with a 5-9 record.
- Tuesday, April 18, 7:15 CDT - Matt Cain (RHP) vs. Jason Hammel (RHP)
- Wednesday, April 19, 7:15 CDT - Madison Bumgarner (LHP) vs. Jason Vargas (LHP)
numberFire (who keeps emailing me with odds for these columns) gives the Royals a 53.5% chance to win game one while putting San Francisco’s win probability in game two at 59.5%.
Giants vs. Royals pitching matchups
Matt Cain was a good pitcher once. That day has long since passed.
Joe Buck’s love interest from the 2014 sports-themed rom-com The 2014 World Series takes the mound for the second game of the series. All indications are that their relationship is doing well.
Giants position players
Buster Posey looks set to be activated from the 7-day concussion DL after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch. It’s a decent bet that Federowicz is the one whose ticket to Sacramento will be punched. As a team, San Francisco is hitting .237/.300/.384 with a .297 wOBA and 90 wRC+. Their offense isn’t quite struggling to the degree the Royals’ has been, but they’ve been worth just 1.3 fWAR. Getting Posey back should certainly help things, though the bottom of their lineup is nearly as dreadful as the bottom of the Royals’.
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