World Series game 7

Royals vs giants on fox October 29 2014

World Series game 7 predictions

ROYALS

1. Jeremy Guthrie must keep rolling

The Giants' offense might be at an all-time low. After the Royals blanked them for a 10-0 win to force a Game 7, San Francisco could be reeling, and Vargas must capitalize on the momentum Yordano Ventura built with his masterful performance. Guthrie is the man for the job, too. Not many Giants have faced him; Michael Morse has the most at-bats against him at eight. He beat the Giants in Game 3, giving up just a pair of runs over five innings. The Royals would like a bit more length out of Guthrie this time around so they can …

2. Get the ball to the Big Three

The Royals would love nothing more for Guthrie to pitch six innings. That would allow them to put the ball into the hands of perhaps baseball's base relief trio — Kelvim Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. Each of them will be well rested going into the deciding game of the league championship. And you better believe manager Ned Yost won't hesitate to get a little bit of length from each of them if it's necessary to secure the club's first World Series title in three decades.

3. Forget Game 6

Just throw it out the window. You don't blow out the San Francisco Giants often. Or ever, really. The Giants could very well piece together a few big hits, feed off the energy of Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval, and silent Kauffman Stadium, which is sure to be the loudest place in Missouri Wednesday night. The lineup, more than anybody, must put Game 6 in the past and play the way the have all playoffs. Yost has been around long enough. He'll get Kansas City under control.

GIANTS

1. Tim Hudson must hold up

The Giants can't afford another outing like Jake Peavy gave them in Game 6, surrendering five runs in 1 1/3 innings. Another one of those, and Kansas City is spraying champagne by the third inning. Hudson was strong early in Game 3, retiring 13 straight before giving up three runs in the sixth as the Royals went on to a 3-0 win. They'll need him to finish the job this time. One thing working in their favor: Hudson has a better road ERA at 3.23 this season than at home, where he's posted a 3.94.

2. Buster Posey must snap his slump

The Giants catcher and overall team leader is hitting a putrid .182 this World Series. He went 0-for-3 Tuesday. A big hit out of Posey could revive the Giants.

3. Block it all out

Don't see the blue, the white. Don't see the hysteria in the crowd. Treat that "Royals" song by Lorde the way San Francisco radio stations have — ban it from entering your ears. Keeping calm in enemy territory won't be easy, especially considering the joint won't be quiet, even if Kansas City goes down early considering the city's World Series drought. But the Giants, who have won two World Series titles in the last four years, should be good at calming their nerves by now.

PREDICTION:
Royals win, 6-4

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Pitching matchup

Tim Hudson vs Jeremy Guthrie