Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (38-54) at Kansas City Royals (47-47)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Royals Stadium)
J Shields (2-2) (5.10) vs. I Kennedy (3-6) (4.32)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -185 / Chicago White Sox +174 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, FSKC
The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals meet Friday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Chicago White Sox could use a win here that would snap a six-game losing streak. The White Sox have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Chicago White Sox have lost 16 of their last 20 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 106 hits and 59 RBI while Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia have combined for 203 hits and 108 RBI. James Shields gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 5.10 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Shields is 7-2 with a 3.54 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals could use a win here after splitting their last six games. The Royals have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in three of their last five games. The Kansas City Royals have won 11 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 113 hits and 46 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain have combined for 185 hits and 90 RBI. Ian Kennedy gets the ball, and he is 3-6 with a 4.32 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. Kennedy is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 7-21 in their last 28 games following an off day, 1-6 in Shields' last 7 road starts and 1-4 in Shields' last 5 starts. The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record, 2-6 in Kennedys last 8 starts vs. American League Central and 6-1 in Kennedys last 7 starts. The White Sox are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Kansas City, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The White Sox are a team that's just waiting for the season to come to an end, and their pitching staff is getting rocked left and right. Shields has been no different, giving up 10 earned runs in his last 10.2 innings. The Royals offense has woken up as of late, and Kennedy has allowed three or less earned runs in six straight games, winning five of those contests. Even with the rest advantage, you have to fade the White Sox in this spot.