Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 9/25/14 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (86-72) at Chicago White Sox (72-86)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
James Shields (R) (14-8) (3.176) vs. Jose Quintana (L) (9-10) (3.218)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +144 / Kansas City Royals -154 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, CSN-Chicago
The Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals face off on Thursday in Chicago for game one of heir season ending series.
The Chicago White Sox didn’t have a great year but they improved I several areas and should be even better for it going forward. The White Sox are 39-38 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the White Sox are hitting .253 with Jose Abreu hitting .316, Adam Eaton hitting .297, and Conor Gilaspie is hitting .287. For game one against the Royals the White Sox start Jose Quintana who is 9-10 with a 3.22 ERA for the season and 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in his last three starts.
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The Kansas City Royals trail the Tigers by two games in the AL Central but they are close to clinching at least a Wildcard spot in the American League. KC is 44-33 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Wednesday in Cleveland. As a team the Royals are hitting .262 with Lorenzo Cain hitting .299, Norichika Aoki hitting .283, and Alcides Escobar hitting .282. For game one in Chicago the Royals start James Shields who is 14-8 for the season with a 3.18 ERA and 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA in his last three starts.
Chicago is 2-6 against the AL Central, 4-1 in game one of a series, and 1-4 in Quintana’s last five starts as a home underdog. Kansas City is 18-8 in their last 26 road games, 12-5 in game one of a series, and 25-5 in Shields’ last 30 road starts. Kansas City is 19-7 in their last 26 games against Chicago.
The Royals have had the White Sox number and with Shields I expect that to be the case here.