Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 8/20/13
Chicago White Sox (47-74) at Kansas City Royals (64-57)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
John Danks (L) (2-10) (4.544) vs. Ervin Santana (R) (8-6) (3.186)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -170 / Chicago White Sox +160 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: WCIU, FS-Kansas City
The Chicago White Sox head to Kauffman Stadium to tangle with the division rival Kansas City Royals.
The White Sox have been playing decent baseball and taking three of four from Minnesota over the weekend is quite a feat against a team that seemed to have their number. Chicago has won three straight and six of ten with the bats and arms generally on the same page in the wins. A 5-2 victory at Target Field capped a strong showing versus the Twins with Hector Santiago giving up a lone run on nine hits and a walk in six frames. The offense did the rest with eight hits and a free pass, with Alexei Ramirez pacing the attack with a homer and three runs driven in. Left hander John Danks will be getting the ball against the Royals on Tuesday. Danks has been throwing the ball well until getting hit hard in a 6-4 loss to Detroit in which he gave up all six runs (four earned) on nine hits in 7.1 innings.
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I think even the most die hard Royals fans know their team is up against the wall as far as winning the American League Central is concerned. KC went 2-3 against the American League Central leading Tigers over the weekend and were obviously looking for a better showing. A 6-3 loss to Max Scherzer and the Tigers ended Sunday on a down note with starter Bruce Chen getting hit hard with all six runs allowed on eight hits and a base on balls through 5.1 innings pitched. The bats simply never got to Scherzer until late and finished with only seven hits and failed to draw a walk. Billy Butler did smack number 12 in the 9th but this one had been decided by then. Ervin Santana toes the rubber Tuesday in game one of their series with Kansas City. Santana received a no decision in a 5-2 defeat to Miami with just one run given up on eight hits and two walks in six frames.
Records mean absolutely nothing in this match up and wouldn't the White Sox just love to knock Kansas City out of the postseason conversation. At this price I'd go small on them or walk away...