Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/5/14
Chicago White Sox (2-1) at Kansas City Royals (0-2)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
John Danks (L) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Bruce Chen (L) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -141 / Chicago White Sox +131 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN (America), FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox battle in game two of their series at Kauffman Stadium.
The White Sox and Royals always have drama in their match ups and Friday's 7-5 defeat at Kauffman Field had a few tense moments. The story of this game from a Chicago perspective was the Royals took an early lead and played frontrunner. Starter Erik Johnson was simply flat with all seven runs given up on ten hits and a trio of BB over just 4,2 innings pitched. Jacob Petricka and Scott Downs held the Royals off the board the rest of the way which gave the offense a chance to come back. The bats did mount a quality attack with nine hits and four free passes with Adam Eaton leading the way with a pair of hits and two RBI's. John Danks takes the bump for his first outing of the year against Kansas City on Saturday. Danks really struggled in 22 starts a year ago, going 4-14 with 4.75 ERA with 28 homers allowed.
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Kansas City fell behind 1-0 in the opening frame but came right back with a three spot in the bottom half and were off to the races with a 7-2 lead by the fifth inning. It turns out KC needed the support as Jeremy Guthrie wasn't at his best and needed a boost. Guthrie lasted 5.2 frames with four runs allowed on seven hits and a four base on balls. That was still a winning performance thanks to the offense rapping out 13 hits and walking six times. Alex Gordon ripped a three run double with Lorenzo Cain knocking in two more while Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante posted three hits apiece. Veteran left hander makes his first appearance in game two of the series with the White Sox. Chen made 34 appearances including 15 starts and compiled a 9-4 record with a 3.27 ERA covering 121 frames.
I have to say picking a game Chen is involved in gives me problems. I think either team can win this but I don't want any part of it with a dozen momentum changes coming...