Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/19/14
Chicago White Sox (21-23) at Kansas City Royals (21-21)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Scott Carroll (R) (1-3) (5.240) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (4-1) (3.000)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -160 / Chicago White Sox +150 --- 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 Monday in Kansas City for game one of their series at Kaufman Stadium.
The Kansas City Royals are in second place in the AL Central but they are chasing the Tigers who have the best record in baseball. The Royals are 12-9 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have wo their last two games. As a team the Royals are hitting .252 with Eric Hosmer hitting .287, Alcides Escobar hitting .279, and Salvador Perez and Norichika Aoki both hitting .268. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.43 with the starters at 3.39 and the bullpen at 3.53. for game one against the Sox the Royals start Jason Vargas who has won his last two starts. For the season Vargas has allowed 56 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 40 over 60 innings for a 4-1 record and a 3.00 ERA.
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The Chicago White Sox have mounting injuries and they are just hoping to stay afloat until they can get healthy again. As a team the White Sox are hitting .261 with Alexei Ramirez hitting .320, Dayan Viciedo hitting .291, and Adam Dunn hitting .246 as Jose Abreu hits the DL. The White Sox pitching staff is still without Chris Sale and they have an ERA of 4.76 with the starters at 5.31 and the bullpen at 3.83. For game one at Kansas City the White Sox start Scott Carroll who has lost his last three starts. For the season Carroll has allowed 33 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out seven over 22.1 innings for a 1-3 record and a 5.24 ERA.
Kansas City is 6-2 in their last eight games, 51-23 as a favorite, and 4-1 in Vargas last five home starts. Chicago is 20-42 against a team with a winning record, 2-7 in their last nine games, and 1-5 following a loss. Chicago is 7-3 in their last 10 games in Kansas City.
This one looks like a layup and the pick here is the Royals.