Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 9/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (71-75) at Kansas City Royals (74-71)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 16, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
C Sale (15-8) (3.03) vs. I Kennedy (11-9) (3.62)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +104 / Chicago White Sox -114 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals look to shake off an ugly 14-5 home loss to the Oakland Athletics as they host the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium on Friday.
The White Sox look to chalk one up in the win column as they send Chris Sale to the hill to face off against Ian Kennedy in the series opener between these two AL Central rivals and while this actually looks like a very exciting game on paper it looks like it’ll end up being meaningless as both teams look their playoff dreams are toast. The White Sox head into tonight’s game with a 71-75 record which looks respectable at face value but this is a team that had one of the best starts in the league this season and have really fallen off of late as they have gone from a potential dark horse to win the AL Central division to a group that may finish with a losing record. Sale though is having another strong campaign and heads into tonight’s game with a 15-8 record and a 3.03 ERA and he will face off with Kennedy who is 11-9 with a 3.62 mark and will be out to prove his worth at home.
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The Royals are the defending champions and will look to sneak their way into the AL playoffs this season but things look bleak as they are a distant contender for one of the two wild card spots and don’t like the team that won it all last season. Kansas City has lost a of ton players from last year’s championship side but that is no excuse as they have their core intact and looked like a threat coming out of the all-star break but in the end it looks like they will come up short. Kennedy will look to get the best of Sale here but it is going to be an uphill battle and has earned the White Sox a favourite status here.
Chicago is 0-4 in Sale’s last four starts, 1-5 in his last six road starts and 3-8 in their last 11 Friday games while the Royals are 7-3 in their last 10 series openers, 2-5 in their last seven overall, and 44-21 in their last 65 against the AL Central. Sale should be ready to go here and while the Royals have had times where they look like the team that won it al last season they don’t look good right now.