Kansas City can hit two birds with one stone

10 Aug 2014 by admin, Comments Off on Kansas City can hit two birds with one stone

Kansas City are on a scoring spree and with nine victories in the last 10 games, they have a decent chance at overtaking Detroit for the lead. The Royals have won six games in a row and are just one victory away from sweeping San Francisco in front of their fans. It would be a remarkable performance for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in a long time and had their expectations of winning the World Series shattered on multiple occasions.sportsbetting

Everything seems to be going their way right now, with back-to-back victories over the Giants consolidating their morale. The final game of the series will be played tonight and luckily for them, the hosts have an excellent starting pitcher ready to play. Danny Duffy can consider himself to be terribly unlucky, for winning just six decisions out of 16, given the fact that he managed to keep a 2.39 earned run average.

So far, Kansas City didn’t provide him with sufficient runs of support, but this is very likely to change tonight, given their offensive prowess. Danny won’t need too many runs to add his seventh victory this season, but it all depends on whether he will last more than seven innings on the pitch or not. The players in the bullpen are doing a decent job at denying opponents a chance to score, but they will be given a run for their money, as San Francisco has greatly improved performance on the road.

The visitors are trying to snap their losing streak, which has reached three consecutive games and in order to maximize their chances of avoiding the sweep, they will use Tim Lincecum. Not so long ago, the starting pitcher used to be their ace, but over the last two years he struggled heavily and on several occasions he was more of a liability, than an asset. Even so, he has a winning record in 2014, with nine decisions won out of a total of 16, but his earned run average has exceeded 4.00.

San Francisco has a winning record on the road, but they face a red hot opponent and it is very likely that with Danny Duffy on the mount, the Royals will extend their winning streak. Bookmakers are under no illusion that Kansas City is favorite to win tonight, with the odds rarely climbing above 1.80 for the hosts to prevail. Three years ago, betting against San Francisco and Tim Lincecum would’ve been a big mistake, but as things look today, there are plenty of reasons to trust the Royals in front of their fans.

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