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On April 19, 2017, in Free Picks, MLB, by Stephen

Giants at Royals Under 8

If the oddsmaker tricked me by making this total 8 instead of 7 1/2 than I congratulate him because he got my money. Because I certainly can’t see more than seven runs being scored here even though there will be about a 10-15 mph wind blowing out to left.

The Royals achieved the near impossible on Tuesday: They made washed-up Matt Cain look good. The Giants won that game with Cain, 2-1, in 11 innings. Now the Royals draw Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner could be the second-best lefty in baseball behind only Clayton Kershaw depending on how you feel about Chris Sale. Bumgarner has 24 strikeouts in 21 innings this season. Opponents are batting .222 against him. Kansas City is last in the majors in runs scored and third-from-the-bottom in batting average. The Royals haven’t scored more than three runs in six of their last seven games.

The Giants have managed just five runs in their last three games. They’ve been held to three runs or less in five of their past seven games.

Royals starter Jason Vargas hadn’t been healthy in two years. Now he’s finally 100 percent again and has looked sharp in two starts giving up just one run in 13 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts. He’s backed by one of the best defensive teams in baseball. Perhaps it’s somewhat of a coincidence, but the under has cashed in Vargas’ last nine starts.

The under has also cashed in eight of the last nine games John Tumpane has been behind the plate. He’s slated to be the home plate umpire today.


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