Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 6/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (31-30) at Chicago White Sox (31-31)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Y Ventura (4-4) (5.32) vs. C Rodon (2-5) (4.41)
The Line: Chicago White Sox TBA / Kansas City Royals TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, FSKC
On Sunday afternoon from US Cellular Field, we’ve got series-finale MLB action coming between the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox.
This will be game three of the weekend set. In Friday’s opener, the White Sox took a 7-5 victory. On Saturday, the Royals got a 4-1 victory. Chicago showed a little life in the bottom of the ninth in that one, but couldn’t overcome the gap.
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For Sunday’s matchup, the Royals will be rolling with right-hander Yordano Ventura. Over 12 starts and a 4-4 record this year, Ventura has struggled with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in 66 innings. Back on Tuesday in his last start, Ventura was ejected for his role in a benches-clearing brawl against the Orioles and was suspended nine games (currently under appeal).
The Royals batting order features a few notable hitters. Eric Hosmer leads the way on a team-high 73 hits with 32 runs, 12 homers and 38 RBI. Hosmer whiffed 0-for-4 on Saturday. Lorenzo Cain is up there as well with his 66 hits, 30 runs and 34 RBI. Alcides Escobar is also playing fairly well this year on 65 hits with 21 runs and 16 RBI.
Over on the White Sox side, we’ll be seeing left-hander Carlos Rodon take the mound. In his 11 starts this year alongside a 2-5 record, Rodon holds a 4.41 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP in 63.1 innings of work. Rodon was skipped in his last turn through the rotation, thanks to neck discomfort that extended into his throwing arm.
The Chicago hitters are a pretty well-rounded power crew. Melky Cabrera has 64 hits with 28 runs and 29 RBI. Adam Eaton has come up with 63 hits, 24 runs and 19 RBI. Cabrera and Eaton combined to go 0-for-6 on Saturday. Todd Frazier leads the team with 19 homers and 42 RBI, but is hitting just .213 on the year so far.
The Royals are 2-5 in their last seven game threes of a series, and 15-6 in their last 21 games versus a left-handed starter. Kansas City is also 4-1 in Ventura’s last five starts in game three of a series and 19-9 in Ventura’s last 28 starts overall.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 8-21 in their last 29 overall, and 2-6 in their last eight home games. Chicago is also 1-10 in their last 11 against the American League Central, and 1-6 in Rodon’s last seven starts.
I’m not thrilled whatsoever with either pitcher here, so the over seems a sound play. I’ll give a slight winning edge to the Royals as well, since the White Sox have been flailing lately.