Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/23/14
Kansas City Royals (48-50) at Chicago White Sox (48-52)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
James Shields (R) (9-5) (3.697) vs. Jose Quintana (L) (5-7) (3.257)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -110 / Kansas City Royals -110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox conclude their series at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.
Kansas City has been fading badly and now must reach .500 before even considering a run at Detroit and American League Central. Heading in to Tuesday's bout the Royals have dropped eight of ten where the offense has been unable to score. Runs were plentiful in a 7-1 decision while Bruce Chen was outstanding in a rare start with a solo homer given up over five frames to even his record at 2-2. The bats came through with 14 hits with Mike Moustakis slamming a pair of bombs and driving in three. Kansas City sends James Shields to the bump in the final game of the series with the White Sox. Shields has gone 9-5 on the season with a 3.70 ERA in 21 outings.
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The White Sox still harbor hopes of challenging in the American League Central but like their counterparts they have to reach .500 before considering anything further. Chicago has been a .500 club over the last two weeks and need more push from their offense to make an impact. Neither the arms or bats came through Tuesday with starter Scott Carroll giving up five runs on eleven hits over five innings that droppped his record to 4-6. Chicago mustered eight hits and four bases on balls with Adam Dunn providing the scoring smacking his 15th long ball. The White Sox hand the ball to left hander Jose Quintana versus visiting Kansas City Wednesday. Quintana has forged a 5-7 record in 2014 with a 3.12 ERA covering 20 starts.
I say this looks like a tossup but Kansas City has won a bit more with Shields then the White Sox have with Quintana. I just think Quintana is a solid pitcher and wins this...