After a 162 game schedule, playing games, division championship series, and league championship series, it comes down to one game to determine the champion of the 2014 baseball season. For the first time since 2011 the World Series will be decided with a game seven as both the Giants and the Royals have won three games heading into the finale.
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Veteran right-handers Tim Hudson and Jeremy Guthrie will match up in game seven. Guthrie was a starter in game three for Kansas City and worked five innings picking up a win despite not striking out one batter. Hudson pitched into the sixth in that game surrendering three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Both bullpens will factor heavily into the game. The Royals will look to get the game to the seventh inning with the lead and hand the game over to ace relievers Kelvim Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland all rested after a blowout victory. Brandon Finnegan or Danny Duffy could be used in early relief if Guthrie runs into trouble. It’s possible that the Royals may use James Shields out of the bullpen as well.
Make no mistake, got three relishes the opportunity of pitching in game seven.
“My margin for error is going to be minimal either way,” he said. “My goal is always to put up as many zeros as I can.”
“It’s kind of a culmination of preparation, hard work, and opportunity, and each one of us will try to take the best advantage of it as we can
Giants lefty ace Madison Bumgardner will work out of the bullpen on two days rest. Bumgardner has virtually been unhittable in two starts in this series, winning both games one in game five.
Essentially, it’s all hands on deck so expect to see lots of pitching changes.