Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox MLB PIck, Odds, Prediction - 5/21/14
Chicago White Sox (22-24) at Kansas City Royals (22-22)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Jose Quintana (L) (2-3) (3.667) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (2-3) (4.755)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -138 / Chicago White Sox +128 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-KC
The Chicago White Sox will look to sweep the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
The White Sox are a game away from becoming a .500 ball club and can do so on Wednesday with their first sweep of the season. The White Sox offense has scored five or more runs in four of their last five games, giving their suspect pitching more than enough help to win games. With Jose Abreu on the DL, Adam Dunn has six RBI in his last five games and Alexi Ramirez has three hits in this series. The White Sox are 20-11 when scoring more than three runs. Taking the mound will be Jose Quintana, who is 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA and has 45 strikeouts in 54 innings. Quintana is 0-3 with a 4.11 ERA in eight career starts against the Royals.
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The Royals have lost four of their last six games and fall one game below a .500 record. While the Royals pitching staff has been great all season, it’s allowed 14 runs in the first two games of this series. Those are games the Royals probably should have won considering their struggling offense has scored six or more runs in three straight games. Alex Gordon has eight RBI in his last three games and Eric Hosmer has three hits in this series. On the mound will be Jeremy Guthrie, who is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. Guthrie is 8-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 career starts against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-4 in Quintana's last 5 starts vs. American League Central. The Royals are 20-7 in Guthrie's last 27 home starts and 10-4 in Guthrie's last 14 starts as a home favorite. The Royals are 8-2 in Guthrie's last 10 starts vs. White Sox, while the White Sox are 2-5 in Quintana's last 7 starts vs. Royals.
The White Sox always hit the ball well, but it seems like the Royals have also found a bit of an offensive groove lately. Both pitchers have given up runs this season, which is why I'm siding with the over in this matchup.