Runs aplenty expected as World Series heads into third game

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Prior to the start of the World Series, it was suggested that the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals would be hard to separate, only for a 7-1 Giants win in Game 1 to render those comments quite comical.

What is now clear, after the 7-2 win the Royals posted in Game 2 to tie the series at one apiece, is that the series actually is going to be hard-fought, just not in the actual games themselves.

Following the two-game stand in the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium, the greatest show in baseball moves to San Francisco’s AT&T park for the next three matches.

The story of the series so far has been the pitching, or rather the depth of it, for each ball club. The Giants prevailed in Game 1 by attacking KC’s starter James Shields after the third inning, while the Royals rallied back last time out by obliterating the Giants’ bullpen in a five-run sixth inning.

For Game 3 it’ll be the visitors’ Jeremy Guthrie going against 16-season veteran, but World Series debutant, Tim Hudson for the Orange and Black.

It’s Hudson’s Giants who Ladbrokes hand the favourites tag to, rating them as 20/27 shots to edge ahead in the series over Guthrie and the 23/20-priced Royals.

The needle should swing in the Boys in Blue’s favour considering that in 56 previous one-all World Series, the away team has a favourable 30-26 record.

But, if the more recent trend of the last two games is anything to go by then the 10/11 on there being over 7.0 runs in the game is easily the best punt for proceedings, as a side has managed that many on their own in both of the previous two outings.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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