Giants Seek Fifth Win in Row
The San Francisco Giants go for a fifth straight win when they host the Kansas CIty Royals for the second of a three-game series on Tuesday night. San Francisco took the opener on Monday night to pull within three games of the top spot in the National League West.
Kansas City has lost three in a row and is in last place in the American League Central standings. The opener was competitive for much of the contest, so make sure you check out our in-depth preview of Tuesday’s contest before you decide how to bet online.
Royals Having Trouble Sustaining Attack
The Kansas City Royals got off to a fast start on Monday night, scoring a pair of runs in the third inning to get a lead on the San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately, they failed to score again, falling 6-2 in the series opener. Kansas City ranks 27th in all of baseball with its 231 total runs.
Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. had an infield single to drive in a run on Monday night, extending his hitting streak to six games. Witt is batting .244 with 14 doubles, four triples, eight home runs, a team-high 31 RBIs and 34 runs scored.
Outfielder Andrew Benintendi leads Kansas City with a .297 batting average (18th in the majors), but he’s currently on a 0-for-13 slump over the last three games. Benintendi has 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 22 RBIs and 21 runs scored, and the Royals need him to heat up if they have a chance in this one.
Left-hander Kris Bubic will take the mound for his eighth start and ninth overall appearance on Tuesday. Bubic is 0-3 with a 9.13 ERA, striking out 18 and walking 16 over 22.2 innings. He took a no-decision in his last start, throwing 4.1 innings and allowing four runs on six hits to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, striking out five and walking two.
Giants Rewarded by Patience
The San Francisco Giants didn’t press even when they fell behind by two runs to the Kansas City Royals on Monday night, rallying for six runs on just five hits to earn their fourth straight win. San Francisco drew a season-high nine walks to help their cause, which shows a patience that manager Gabe Kapler likes.
“When we’re at our best offensively we’re seeing a lot of pitches,” Kapler said after Monday’s win. “I think there were some easier takes for us tonight but I thought we did a nice job of sticking with our game plan and our approach.”
Shortstop Thairo Estrada continued his hot hitting, driving in a run and going 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to six games. Estrada is batting .276 with 12 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 26 RBIs and 33 runs scored.
Brandon Crawford added a two-run double in the winning effort. Crawford is batting just .221 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 27 RBIs and 25 runs scored after finishing fourth in the NL MVP voting a season ago.
Right-hander Logan Webb will be on the mound for San Francisco for Tuesday’s contest. Webb is 5-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 12 starts, recording 59 strikeouts in 71.2 innings of work. He took the loss in his last outing, going 5⅔ innings against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out three and walking one.
City Royals vs Giants Head-to-Head
The San Francisco Giants snapped a two-game home losing streak to the Kansas City Royals with Monday night’s win. San Francisco was swept in a two-game series at home when the teams last played there in the 2017 season.
Kansas City won the last season series between these clubs, taking three of four from the Giants in 2017. A look at the MLB lines for Tuesday’s contest show the home team being heavily favored to win yet again.
City Royals vs Giants Game Information
- Game: City Royals (20-40) vs Giants (34-26)
- Location: Oracle Park, San Francisco
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 9:45 p.m. ET
- City Royals vs Giants Live Stream: MLB.TV
City Royals vs Giants Betting Lines
|Kansas City Royals
K. Bubic -L
|+1½ Ev||+200||8 -120o||2½ -145o
|San Francisco Giants
L. Webb -R
|-1½ -120||-240||8 Evu||4½ -125o
City Royals vs Giants Prediction
The San Francisco Giants are on a roll right now, and they have the top teams in the NL West in their sights. The Kansas City Royals are struggling to put runs on the board, which is going to be another difficult task against Webb on Tuesday night.
When making your MLB picks, take San Francisco to get the win at home.
“The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.”