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Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago White Sox (27-20) at Kansas City Royals (23-21)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

M Gonzalez (0-1) (4.57) vs. D Duffy (0-0) (2.13)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -162 / Chicago White Sox +152 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSCh, FSKC

Friday evening in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium, we’ve got game one of a weekend matchup between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals.

The White Sox are coming off a busy early-week set against the Indians. The two teams split Monday’s doubleheader, then Chicago lost the Tuesday game. On Wednesday in the finale, the White Sox dropped another one 4-3.

Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Royals, they just finished up a three-game series against the Twins. Kansas City won the first two games by a combined 17-8 score. In the finale, the Royals failed to get the sweep with a 7-5 loss.

For Friday’s game, the White Sox will be wheeling out right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. Over his four starts and 0-1 record this year, Gonzalez has posted a 4.57 ERA with a 1.62 WHIP in 21.2 innings of work. In his last appearance Saturday, Gonzalez struck out eight with two runs in six innings.

Chicago has a pretty solid crew of hitters at their disposal. Adam Eaton leads the charge on 54 hits with 20 runs and a .287 BA. Eaton went 0-for-5 on Wednesday. Melky Cabrera has 53 hits with 23 runs and a .294 BA. Jose Abreu has been getting in on the action as well with 48 hits, six homers and 27 RBI. Abreu had three hits in Wednesday’s game.

Over on the Royals’ side, we’ll be seeing left-hander Danny Duffy. In his 18 games (two starts) this season, Duffy has compiled a 2.13 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP in 25.1 innings. On Saturday, Duffy put up 4.1 shutout innings but was pulled after 63 pitches as KC continues to be cautious with his stamina.

The KC batting order is a pretty well-rounded one as well. Eric Hosmer holds eight homers with 52 hits, 24 runs and 23 RBI. Hosmer doubled and knocked in two runs in Wednesday’s game. Lorenzo Cain has managed 50 hits with 22 runs and 25 RBI. Alcides Escobar has 53 hits with 17 runs to his credit. Escobar managed three hits on Wednesday.

The White Sox are 0-5 in their last five games against a left-handed starter, and 1-5 in their last six road games.

Meanwhile, the Royals are 4-0 in their last four game ones of a series, and 7-2 in their last nine Friday games.

I’m going to roll with Duffy and the Royals here in what should be a relatively low-scoring game. Kansas City should be able to pull out a win in the opener.

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Kansas City Royals -162

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