Kansas City Royals (2-6) at San Francisco Giants (3-4)
Game Info: Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 4:05 p.m. EST (Oracle Park)
Betting Odds: Giants (-137) / Over/Under (8.5)
Pick: Giants ML (-137)
Let's head out west to take a look at two teams trying to find their footing early on in the regular season when the Kansas City Royals head into Oracle Park to take on the San Francisco Giants.
Kansas City was able to steal the first game of the series on Friday, winning by a narrow score of 3-1. In that game, both starting pitchers were able to duel into the later portions of the game. Nevertheless, Brad Keller was the one to prevail as his team got the bats going enough to put him in line for a win. Moving the page forward, in the second game of the series they will throw out young Brady Singer to stifle the Giants lineup. After going through a ton of ups and downs over his first two years with KC, he was able to put all of the tools together last campaign, boasting a 3.23 ERA. Although 1-9 in the lineup is similar to what they had to offer last season, newly acquired relievers in Ryan Yarbrough and Aroldis Chapman will play a big role in keeping leads in check to hand over to Scott Barlow to close it out. Although the Royals are not expected to make the Playoffs this year, you can not rule any team out this early in the season. Can they deliver another loss to the Giants in their home stadium on Saturday?
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San Francisco has been about as up and down on the hitting end of things as any team this year so far. In one game they seem to obliterate the ball, while in the next they seem to have holes in their bats. Being that they were only able to muster together five hits against Singer on Friday, Gabe Kapler will hope that his team can bounce back in a big way as they try and even up the series. For sure, Giants fans will be disappointed that they weren't able to make a splash signing in signing Aaron Judge or Carlos Correa in the offseason, but the additions of Mitch Haniger and Michael Conforto can go a long way if they can stay off of the Injury List throughout the year. In this game, they will put out Sean Manaea on the mound, as he looks to have a bounce-back season after mustering together an abysmal 4.96 ERA last season by his standards. If the Giants want any chance of battling for the NL West in any capacity, they will need to win games against inferior opponents like this consistently. We shall see if they can do this and turn it around on Saturday afternoon.
I am not expecting the Giants to put together a 100+ win season as they did two years ago, but giving me them as a small favorite at home is all I need to pull the trigger on this San Francisco squad. They will not blow you away with household names, but they are one of those pesky teams that never seem to go away. I fully expect their bats to get loud once again in this one and for Manaea to settle it down after a rough first outing. Give me the Giants at home to even up the series!
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