World Series Game 3 (Tied 1-1)
Time: 8 PM ET
Spread: SF -1.5
M/L: SF -127; KC +117
Betting odds courtesy of Bovada
San Francisco is a bit of a batter’s park, needless to say. From its inconsistent measurements in outfield, to the mist that makes it hard to catch fly balls, the scoring may be high in this one. Giants manager Bruce Bochy simply said “It’s a little quirky out there.”
This may lead to a Giants advantage and MLB oddsmakers seem to anticipate that setting the line 1.5 points in favor of San Francisco.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain wasn’t quick to dismiss the oddities, saying that “the ball could go anywhere” due to the brick wall and chain link fence.
San Francisco will send Tim Hudson to the mound, while the Royals counter with Jeremy Guthrie. It will be the Royals’ first game in San Fran since 2005, when the Royals took two of three.
Relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt said “That’s an athletic team over there…I don’t think we’ll go in thinking they’re at a disadvantage because of not being at our ballpark.” Seven of the Royals 25 players have experience at AT&T park, and Josh Willingham in particular has had success, with a .352 average there and five homers in 16 games. Omar Infante is .307 at the park.
Gone will be the DH advantage the Royals had. Michael Morse and Billy Butler will thus not start, and Morse drove in a run in the 7-1 win in Game 1.
Adding to the mystique, postseason weather in San Fran is strange, sometimes rendering it cold, other times temperate. Bochy said the team played through the toughest winds of the season and RF Hunter Pence was unable to track down a ball which resulted in a Saint Louis Cardinals triple by Kelten Wong.
KC: 9-1 in 10 games as an underdog; 9-1 in last 10 playoff games; 8-1 in last 9 inter league road games
San Fran: 7-1 in last 8 world series games; 20-6 in last 26 home games; OVER 16-5 in last 21 playoff home games.