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Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 8/22/13

Chicago White Sox (51-74) at Kansas City Royals (64-61)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Jose Quintana (L) (7-4) (3.660) vs. James Shields (R) (8-8) (3.195)

Kansas City Royals -183 / Chicago White Sox +173 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN/FSKC

The awful Chicago White Sox go for a sweep of the fading Kansas City Royas on Thursday.

KC was crushed 5-2 by Chicago due a five-run fourth inning. The Sox streamed in runs off of Adam Dunn's single and Dayan Viciedo's grand slam. Mike Moustakas' sacrifice fly during the home-half drove in Billy Butler for the Royals.

Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 8/22/13

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David Lough's RBI-single two frames later got Kansas City's final run in. The Royals were 1-of-10 with Runners In Scoring Position. Chicago was 3-of-16 getting 40 at-bats altogether. Conor Gillaspie and Viciedo had three hits apiece.

James Shields (8-8, 3.19 ERA) has been on fire lately winning six of his last eight decisions. For icing on the cake KC is 12-3 in Shields' last 15 starts so Chicago's in trouble. The Sox were blanked during seven innings in a 5-1 loss to Shields July 26.

Chicago was better June 23 scoring four times during five frames against Shields, but the Royals prevailed 7-6. The White Sox did however beat Kansas City the first two times Shields took the hill for the Royals. Chicago beat Shields April 1 by driving in a run during six innings. On May 6 Shields was even better yet KC went down 2-1 to the Sox. Shields conceded zero runs during eight frames.

Chicago is 46-of-180 with 14 RBIs, four apiece Dunn's and Alexei Ramirez's, versus Shields. In order for the White Sox to win Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66 ERA) is going to have to be remarkable. Quintana might 4-2 in his last six decisions, but didn't take a decision during six June starts. Chicago is 7-9 in Quintana's last 16 trips.

The Royals beat the Sox 6-5 in Kansas City May 5 getting three runs in past Quintana during five innings. At Kauffman Stadium June 22 the Royals fell 3-2 to Chicago in part to Quintana limiting KC to two runs during 5.1 frames. On Juy 26 the Royals knocked in two runs during seven innings to defeat Quintana 5-1. Kansas City is 37-of-139 with 16 RBIs, a quarter Salvador Perez's, versus Quintana. I see the Royals being a little better on Thursday.

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