Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick- 8/21/13
Chicago White Sox (50-74) at Kansas City Royals (64-60)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Andre Rienzo (R) (0-0) (3.699) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (12-9) (4.145)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -172 / Chicago White Sox +162 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox face off on Wednesday in Kansas City in their AL Central series.
The Kansas City Royals hit the ball on Tuesday but they were unable to convert the hits into runs as they fell to the White Sox. Eric Hosmer and Chris Getz had two hits each and Billy Butler and Alex Gordon added hits as the Royals were shutout on eight hits. Starting pitcher Ervin Santana allowed four hits and two runs while striking out five over 6.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 807 on the year. For Wednesday’s game the Royals start Jeremy Guthrie who has lost his last two starts. For the season Guthrie has allowed 173 hits and 74 earned runs while striking out 88 over 160.2 innings for a 12-9 record and a 4.15 ERA.
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The Chicago White Sox are finally playing decent baseball but it is way too late to salvage anything from this season. On Tuesday Gordon Beckham hit a home run, Avisall Garcia had three hits, and Paul Konerko had a hit as the White Sox scored twice on five hits. Starting pitcher John Danks allowed seven hits and struck out two over 8.0 innings to get the win and go to 3-10 on the season and Addison Reed earned his 32nd save. For Wednesday’s game the White Sox start Andre Rienzo who makes his fifth start. For the season Rienzo has allowed 21 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 16 over 24.1 innings for a 3.70 ERA.
Kansas City is 8-4 in their last 12 games as a home favorite, 2-6 in their last eight games, and 16-5 in Guthrie’s last 21 home starts. Chicago is 6-2 in their last eight games, 18-43 as a road underdog, and 3-7 on the road against a right-handed starter. Chicago is 1-4 in the last five meetings of these two.
With the total at 8.5 it gives us a little wiggle room to the under and that is my free pick on this one. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that pick in the Premium Area.