Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/22/14
Kansas City Royals (48-49) at Chicago White Sox (47-52)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Bruce Chen (L) (1-2) (6.569) vs. Scott Carroll (R) (3-5) (5.694)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -105 / Kansas City Royals -105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, CSN-CHI
The Kansas City Royals look to snap out of their funk in game two against the Chicago White Sox.
The Royals have lost four straight games since the All Star break and have dropped two games below a .500 record. As has been the case for much of the season, the Royals offense is not getting the job done, scoring just two combined runs in their last three games. Omar Infante has 14 hits in his last 10 games and Eric Hosmer is still riding a 16-game hitting streak. Pitching wise, the Royals have an ERA of 3.77, which is 14th in the majors. Bruce Chen takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. Chen is 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 24 career games against the White Sox.
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The White Sox are 3-1 since the All Star break and have inched within four games of a .500 record. Surprisingly, the White Sox pitching staff has pitched well lately, allowing three or less runs in five of their last six games. That’s a monster improvement from a White Sox staff that has an overall ERA of 4.20. The White Sox are 20-2 in their last 22 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu has a hitting streak of 12 games. Starting is Scott Carroll, who is 4-5 with a 4.19 ERA and has 34 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. Carroll is 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in two career games against the Royals.
The Royals are 12-3 in Chens last 15 starts as a favorite and 8-21 in Chens last 29 road starts. The White Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 1-10 in their last 11 vs. American League Central. The Royals are 6-1 in Chens last 7 road starts vs. White Sox.
The Royals can't keep stinking the joint, can they? Chen has pitched very well in his career at U.S. Cellular Field, so I'll take a shot with the Royals for the cheap price.