Royals vs. White Sox - 9/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (72-76) at Kansas City Royals (75-73)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
J Quintana (12-10) (3.05) vs. D Duffy (11-2) (3.15)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -111 / Chicago White Sox +101 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals play game three of their series Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox have lost back-to-back games just once this month. The White Sox have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Chicago White Sox offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Abreu leads Chicago with 173 hits, Adam Eaton has 55 RBI and Melky Cabrera has 11 home runs. Jose Quintana gets the nod, and he’s 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA and 171 strikeouts this season. Quintana is 1-8 with a 4.12 ERA and 107 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals need a big win after losing five of their last six games. The Royals have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 4.22 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 158 hits, Eric Hosmer has 92 RBI and Kendrys Morales has 27 home runs. Danny Duffy takes the hill, and he’s 11-2 with a 3.13 ERA and 173 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Quintanas last 5 starts. The Royals are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games and 0-4 in Duffys last 4 starts. The Royals are 4-0 in Duffys last 4 starts vs. White Sox.
Duffy has been solid this season and should be able to stop the bleeding in what has been the Kansas City pitching staff this month. The White Sox have been playing solid ball as of late, but I give KC the slight pitching edge at home with the cheap price. Not to mention Quintana has zero career success against the Royals.