Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/28/14
Kansas City Royals (88-73) at Chicago White Sox (73-88)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Yordano Ventura (R) (13-10) (3.096) vs. Chris Bassitt (R) (1-1) (3.422)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +151 / Kansas City Royals -161 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, CSN-CHI
The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox end their regular seasons with a Sunday matchup at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Kansas City Royals have won five of their last seven games and now prepare for their first playoff appearance since 1985. The Royals pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.49, which is ninth in the majors, and they’ve won five straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Salvador Perez has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Billy Butler has an RBI in five of his last seven games. Starting is Yordano Ventura, who is 14-10 with a 3.07 ERA and has 153 strikeouts in 179 innings. Ventura is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox have lost five of their last eight games and will settle for their second straight losing season. The issue for the White Sox all season has been their pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.28, which is 26th in the majors, and they’ve lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Adam Eaton has a hit in each game of this series. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. This will be Bassitt’s second career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-1 in Venturas last 5 road starts and 5-1 in Venturas last 6 starts overall. The White Sox are 9-20 in their last 29 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League Central. The Royals are 20-7 in the last 27 meetings in Chicago.
The Royals still think they have a shot at a division title and will likely play this game to win. However, the juice simply isn't worth it here. Give me the White Sox at home for the value pick.