The Giants can’t afford another loss against the Royals

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The San Francisco Giants will face a must-win Game 4 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. The Giants considered switching starters, but they will keep their ace Madison Bumgarner for Game 5 and use their scheduled starter Ryan Vogelsong against Jason Vargas, who tries to lead the Royals to a 3-1 series lead.

Kansas City won the last two games after losing the series opener, with the deadly relief trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combining to allow one hit in seven scoreless innings. Holland collected his seventh save last night, he is now tied with five others for most in a single postseason.

Alcides Escobar had two hits and scored twice to pace the offense last night and now he is 5-for-12 in the World Series while Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer had their first hits of the series last night. Gordon recorded an RBI double and Hosmer hit a run-scoring single.

Pablo Sandoval was hitless in four at-bats to end his streak of reaching base in 25 straight postseason games while Buster Posey is now just 2-for-13 in the series (no home runs in the postseason).

Most of the sportsbooks that OddsBay has visited have the Royals at +114, the Giants at -124 and the total at 7.

Pitching Matchup:

Jason Vargas (1-0, 2.38 ERA) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 5.19 ERA)

Jason Vargas had some trouble with his mechanics during a winless four-start stretch in September during which he gave up 18 runs in 18 innings. He went 1-5 with a 5.89 ERA in his last seven regular season starts but he got himself back on track by working extra bullpen and side sessions.

Vargas has pitched well in the postseason, allowing two runs in six innings against the Angels and giving up one run over 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles. He is pitching for the first time since October 15 and he is 5-10 with a 4.59 ERA in 26 career starts with six or more days rest.

This will be Ryan Vogelsong’s second World Series start, having beaten the Tigers in 2012 when he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He is 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his six career postseason starts and the Giants are 6-0 in those games. Omar Infante is the only Royals player with experience against Vogelsong, going 7-for-11 against him.

Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants

World Series Game 4

8:07 PM ET, October 25

AT&T Park

Coverage: FOX

Forecast for game time:

67° F/ 19° C
Rain Showers

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