Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/14
Kansas City Royals (33-32) at Chicago White Sox (33-33)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (2-6) (4.097) vs. Jose Quintana (L) (3-6) (3.593)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -122 / Kansas City Royals +112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, CSN-CHI
The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox will begin a three-game series on Friday night.
The Royals have won five of their last six games and improve to one game above a .500 record. While it hasn’t been the case all season, the Royals offense has produced four or more runs in five of their last nine games. Alex Gordon has six RBI in his last nine games and Eric Hosmer has scored five runs in his last eight games. Pitching wise, the Royals have a season ERA of 3.76, which is good for 13th in the league. Jeremy Guthrie gets the nod, and he’s 2-6 with a 4.10 ERA and has 41 strikeouts in 85.2 innings. Guthrie is 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 23 career games against the White Sox.
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The White Sox have lost four of their last six games and are now one game below a .500 record. The White Sox were shutout in their last game against the Detroit Tigers, but their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in six of their last nine games. Of course pitching has been an issue all season for the White Sox, as they have an ERA of 4.28. Jose Abreu has four homers in his last nine games and Adam Dunn has 10 hits in his last 10 games. Jose Quintana takes the hill, and he’s 3-6 with a 3.59 ERA and has 63 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. Quintana is 0-4 with a 4.06 ERA in nine career starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 2-6 in Guthrie's last 8 starts as an underdog and 1-4 in Guthrie's last 5 starts. The White Sox are 3-7 in Quintana's last 10 starts and 1-4 in Quintana's last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Royals are 4-0 in Guthrie's last 4 road starts vs. White Sox, while the White Sox are 2-6 in Quintana's last 8 starts vs. Royals.
Guthrie has had success against the White Sox, while Quintana has had little against the Royals. I'll take the road team and the plus money.