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Top stats to know: World Series Game 3

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Birthday boy Eric Hosmer can join an exclusive club with a home run tonight.

The World Series moves west Friday night as the San Francisco Giants host the Kansas City Royals with the series tied at one game apiece. Here’s what you need to know about Game 3.

How important is this game?

This is the 55th time the World Series has been tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven series. In the previous 54 instances, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the World Series 38 times, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The road team actually has a winning record in those Game 3 scenarios at 29-25, and road teams that win Game 3 of a 1-1 series have won the World Series 22 times.

Long time coming for Game 3 starters

The Giants’ Tim Hudson (3003.0 IP, 214 wins) and the Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie (1616.1 IP, 83 wins) will each make their World Series debuts. That's the second-most combined innings (4,619.1) and wins (297) before a World Series matchup in MLB history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Cy Young and Deacon Phillippe matched up in the Fall Classic on October 1, 1903, with a combined 6,599 innings and 487 wins. For the record, that was Game 1 of the first-ever World Series.

Posey power outage

Buster Posey’s bat has gone silent this postseason. After posting a .592 slugging percentage and 22 extra-base hits over August and September, Posey has zero extra-base hits in 52 postseason at-bats, and his .288 slugging percentage is 12th out of the 19 players who have had a postseason plate appearance for the Giants.

Most Consecutive Wins at Home
All-Time in World Series

Giants streaking at home

The Giants have won six straight World Series games at home, one game shy of tying the Yankees and Red Sox for fourth-longest streak in World Series history. No other National League team has won more consecutive World Series games at home than the Giants.

Eric Hosmer can join exclusive club

Game 3 falls on Eric Hosmer’s 25th birthday. If he can hit a home run, he’ll become just the third player in MLB history to hit a postseason home run on his birthday. Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria hit a home run against the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 American League Division Series on his birthday, and the Royals’ Willie Aikens hit two home runs on his birthday in Game 1 of the 1980 World Series on October 14, 1980.