Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (21-20) at Chicago White Sox (25-17)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Y Ventura (4-2) (4.85) vs. C Rodon (1-4) (4.73)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -110 / Kansas City Royals +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, CSCh
On Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox will be finishing up their weekend tilt at US Cellular Field.
This will be the final meeting of the three-game set. In Friday’s opener, the Royals took a 4-1 victory. On Saturday, Kansas City scored once in the first and once in the sixth to eke out a 2-1 win and a 2-0 series lead.
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For Sunday’s game, the Royals will be rolling out right-hander Yordano Ventura. Over his eight starts and 4-2 record this season, Ventura has posted a 4.85 ERA with a 1.55 WHIP in 42.2 innings of work. On Tuesday against the Red Sox, Ventura was a little sketchy on four runs in 5.2 innings, but still got the win.
Kansas City has a pretty solid batting order up top. Eric Hosmer leads the way on 49 hits with 21 runs and 20 RBI. Lorenzo Cain is also hitting well on 42 hits, 21 runs and 23 RBI. Cain blasted a homer in Saturday’s game. Salvador Perez has managed six homers and 21 RBI for his part. Perez went 1-for-4 on Saturday.
The White Sox will be giving us a look at left-hander Carlos Rodon on Sunday. Over eight starts and a 1-4 record this year, Rodon carries a 4.73 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 45.2 innings. In his last appearance Tuesday, Rodon recorded a no-decision against the Astros on three runs (two earned) in six innings.
The White Sox lineup has been overachieving this year. Adam Eaton has posted 51 hits with 19 runs. Melky Cabrera owns 48 hits with 21 runs. Todd Frazier has been the power station thus far on 12 homers with 32 RBI--but a .220 BA. Frazier came up empty on Saturday.
The Royals are 6-2 in Ventura’s last eight Sunday starts, and 39-18 in Ventura’s last 57 starts overall.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 5-1 in Rodon’s last six starts against the American League Central, but 0-4 in Rodon’s last four starts overall.
This one’s a little tough to call, as neither pitcher has excelled this year. I’ll give Ventura and the White Sox a slight edge, however.