Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/14
Chicago White Sox (68-82) at Kansas City Royals (82-67)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Chris Bassitt (R) (0-1) (4.380) vs. Danny Duffy (L) (7-10) (2.493)
The Line: Kansas City Royals / Chicago White Sox --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-KC
The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals play game two of three Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Chicago White Sox have won five of their last eight games and are 14 games below a .500 record. Still, the White Sox pitching staff continues its dreadful ways, allowing four or more runs in five of their last eight games. Overall, the Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.33, which is 27th in the majors, and they’ve lost 13 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu has a seven-game hitting streak and Conor Gillaspie has an RBI in three straight games. Chris Bassitt takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA and has 11 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. This will be Bassitt’s first career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals have lost five of their last eight games and are 15 games above a .500 record. The Royals pitching staff has been a little shaky, allowing four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.50, which is ninth in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Omar Infante has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Eric Hosmer has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Liam Hendriks, who is 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. Hendriks is 0-3 with a 6.64 ERA in four career starts against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 3-11 in their last 14 during game 2 of a series and 6-14 in their last 20 vs. a team with a winning record. The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 17-7 in their last 24 vs. a team with a losing record.
There's currently no line for this game, but I'll take my chances with the White Sox assuming they're the underdogs. Chicago should have beaten the Royals on Monday, and Hendriks hasn't been horrible in his few career starts against the White Sox. Give me a shot with the plus money here.