Royals vs. White Sox - 9/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (72-77) at Kansas City Royals (76-73)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
C Rodon (7-9) (4.04) vs. Y Ventura (10-11) (4.42)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -122 / Chicago White Sox +112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals end their four-game series Monday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The White Sox have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.03 and have lost 11 of their last 17 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads Chicago with 173 hits, Adam Eaton has 55 RBI and Melky Cabrera has 11 home runs. Carlos Rodon gets the nod, and he’s 7-9 with a 4.04 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. Rodon is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals could also use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Royals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 15 of their last 20 games. The Kansas City Royals offense consistency has shown up, and they’ve split their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 159 hits, Eric Hosmer has 95 RBI and Kendrys Morales has 28 home runs. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 10-11 with a 4.42 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Ventura is 3-4 with a 4.43 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 4-1 in Rodons last 5 starts. The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 16-6 in Venturas last 22 home starts. The Royals are 6-2 in Venturas last 8 starts vs. White Sox.
Rodon has given up a boatload of hits in his last several starts and is just 2-7 in his last nine road starts. Ventura has been rocked in his last two outings but has been far more consistent and is 6-4 this year at home. Have to like the Royals at home with the quick turnaround.