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Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/14

Kansas City Royals (87-72) at Chicago White Sox (72-87)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)

Jeremy Guthrie (R) (12-11) (4.231) vs. Hector Noesi (R) (8-10) (4.424)

The Line: Chicago White Sox +130 / Kansas City Royals -140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-KC, WCIU

The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox play Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Kansas City Royals have won five of their last eight games and are inching that much closer to clinching a playoff spot. The Royals offense has opened things up lately, scoring four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Royals have won eight of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Salvador Perez has hit safely in six of his last eight games and Billy Butler has five RBIs in his last three games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.51, which is 11th in the majors. Starting is Jeremy Guthrie, who is 12-11 with a 4.28 ERA and has 118 strikeouts in 195.2 innings. Guthrie is 9-8 with a 3.49 ERA in 25 career games against the White Sox.

Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/14

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The Chicago White Sox have lost five of their last eight games and are 15 games below a .500 record. The White Sox pitching staff has allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.29, which is 27th in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Alexei Ramirez has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Hector Noesi gets the ball, and he’s 8-11 with a 4.76 ERA and has 118 strikeouts in 166.1 innings. Noesi is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two career games against the Royals.

The Royals are 4-1 in Guthries last 5 road starts and 8-3 in Guthries last 11 starts overall. The White Sox are 6-2 in Noesis last 8 home starts and 5-1 in Noesis last 6 starts as a home underdog. The Royals are 5-1 in Guthries last 6 road starts vs. White Sox.

The Royals are really building some confidence heading into the playoffs and have a pitcher in Guthrie who has been great when pitching in U.S. Cellular Field. I like the Royals to keep rolling here. 

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Kansas City Royals -140

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