Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants
Dates: Tuesday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Location: AT&T Park
KC enters the series playing the much better ball having secured wins in four of its last six games, and will invade San Fran having erupted for 20 runs in the final two games at Petco to secure their second series win in three tries. Ned Yost’s squad still sits seven games under .500 as a visitor ( -$465 ), but has taken its last two series played away from its home digs. At 28-34 overall, the team sits 5.5 games in back of Minnesota for the division lead.
It just doesn’t look to be in the cards this season for Bruce Bochy’s Giants. Injuries have decimated the team’s chances of making any noise in the NL West and wild card races, but even if healthy, it’s not likely San Francisco had the horses to contend anyway. They just dropped two of three to the Twins to fall to a season-worst 13 games under .500 and 15 games out of first place. Only the Cubs and Phillies have been worse bets to date ( -$1457 ).
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 10:15 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Jason Vargas vs. Ty Blach
The lefty has been the Royals best starter by far. His 2.18 ERA and 1.12 WHIP are tops on the team, as are his eight overall wins. Opposing offenses are batting just .239 against him, and 60 percent of his road starts have been of quality. While his 3.33 FIP and 4.51 xFIP show a correction is likely to occur, it likely won’t be happening here tonight against a Giants offense averaging just 3.4 runs and batting .241 against lefthanders. He owns a 2.73 ERA on the road with the under cashing in four of his five starts.
Blach has taken the opportunity bestowed upon him with the Mad Bum going down and run with it. Since being taken out of the bullpen and inserted into the starting rotation, the lefty has churned out six quality starts in nine tries. He’s led San Francisco to wins in four of his last five starts, but enters his tenth off a loss in Milwaukee where the Brew Crew got to him for nine hits and 5 ER through six innings. KC hardly possesses the offense capable of hurting lefties like Milwaukee, so another quality outing looks to be in store.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 3:45 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Jason Hammel vs. Johnny Cueto
This will be a nice reprieve for Hammel whose thrown at the Yankees, Tigers, Indians, and Astros in his last four turns. Still, he was solid producing quality starts three times. Hammel goes through a solid stretch every season before flaming out at the tail end of it. He looks to be in a groove right now after allowing just four hits and 1 ER with a 4:0 K/BB ratio against the Astros. He’s been at his worst on the road in going 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA, but owns a career 2.52 ERA and .242 BAA in six career starts at AT&T.
Cueto’s five wins are the most on the starting staff, but that’s where the fun ends for the veteran righthander. His 2.4 BB/9 average is the highest it’s been in years, and his 1.4 HR/9 is the worst since his rookie campaign back in 2008. Regardless, he’s been at his best at home where he checks in 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA and 80.0 quality start percentage. The Giants have won four of his five home starts with the over cashing at a 3-1-1 clip. He shouldn’t have many issues with a Royals offense batting .239 against righties while averaging just 3.9 runs per game.