att park san francisco giantsTonight’s winner will be but a game away from the championship. I won’t hide it – I’m pulling for the Royals. I like their story, and I don’t really want to see another Giants victory. Not that I have anything against the Giants, I just don’t think I could stomach the dynasty narrative.

Speaking of narratives: does James Shields continue the he-can’t-pitch-in-the-postseason one tonight? And does Bumgarner keep doing the opposite of that?

Game Info

Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants (Series tied 2-2), 7:00 CT on FOX

Game Thread

This is it, folks. Down there. Those comments. Go nuts.

Starting Pitchers

James Shields (3.21 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 3.56 xFIP; 4.09 K/BB)


Madison Bumgarner (2.98 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 2.99 xFIP; 5.09 K/BB)

San Francisco Giants Lineup

1. Gregor Blanco, CF

2. Joe Panik, 2B

3. Buster Posey, C

4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

5. Hunter Pence, RF

6. Brandon Belt, 1B

7. Travis Ishikawa, LF

8. Brandon Crawford, SS

9. Madison Bumgarner, P

Kansas City Royals Lineup

1. Alcides Escobar, SS

2. Alex Gordon, LF

3. Lorenzo Cain, CF

4. Eric Hosmer, 1B

5. Mike Moustakas, 3B

6. Omar Infante, 2B

7. Salvador Perez, C

8. Jarrod Dyson, RF

9. James Shields, P