White Sox vs. Royals - 9/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (73-68) at Chicago White Sox (68-73)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
I Kennedy (10-9) (3.76) vs. C Sale (15-7) (3.07)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -158 / Kansas City Royals +148 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox play a rubber game early Sunday afternoon.
The Kansas City Royals look for some consistency after splitting their last 16 games. The Royals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals offense has been on fire all month, and they’ve won eight of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 152 hits, Eric Hosmer has 90 RBI and Kendrys Morales has 26 home runs. Ian Kennedy gets the nod, and he’s 10-9 with a 3.76 ERA and 160 strikeouts this season. Kennedy is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox hope to stay hot after winning five of their last eight games. The White Sox have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Chicago White Sox offense has also been consistent recently, and they’ve won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Abreu leads Chicago with 164 hits, Adam Eaton has 51 RBI and Melky Cabrera has 10 home runs. Chris Sale takes the hill, and he’s 15-7 with a 3.07 ERA and 193 strikeouts this season. Sale is 8-9 with a 3.08 ERA and 122 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 5-1 in Kennedys last 6 starts. The White Sox are 5-11 in their last 16 during game 3 of a series and 2-8 in Sales last 10 starts. The Royals are 25-10 in the last 35 meetings in Chicago.
We know Sale is one of the top pitchers in baseball, but the White Sox have won just two of his last 10 starts. The Royals are still trying to chip away for a possible playoff spot and continue to swing a hot bat. There's great value with the Royals and the plus money here.