Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/22/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (38-54) at Kansas City Royals (47-47)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:15 pm (Royals Stadium)
M Pelfrey (3-7) (4.64) vs. J Vargas (12-4) (3.05)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -183 / Chicago White Sox +164 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, WGN
We have some AL Central division action on Saturday as the Chicago White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals in game two of their three game weekend set.
The Chicago White Sox will be in desperate need of a win that would snap a seven game losing streak after their game one loss gave the Royals their 10th loss in their last 11 games. Yoan Moncada made another splash, going 1 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs while Omar Narvaez added an RBI of his own in the loss. Melky Cabrera went 2 for 4 with a double and Adam Engel added a double of his own while Jose Abreu went 2 for 5 at the dish in the loss. Avisail Garcia, Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson added base hits as well in the losing effort for Chicago. James Shields gave up six runs on ten hits while walking and striking out three apiece over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Newly-acquired Tyler Clippard gave up the walk-off RBI, taking the loss to fall to 1-6 overall this season. Mike Pelfrey will start game two and is 3-7 with a 4.64 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pelfrey is 1-5 with a 6.33 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Kansas City.
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The Kansas City Royals will look to add another win after Friday’s win gave the Royals their third straight victory. Whit Merrifield went 1 for 5 with a double and three RBIs, including the game-winning sac fly RBI in the 10th. Alex Gordon matched that output, going 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs of his own while Mike Moustakas added a solo home run. Drew Butera went 3 for 4 at the plate while Alcides Escobar and Sal Perez each added a double. Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Brandon Moss each added base hits of their own in the win for the Royals. Ian Kennedy gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits while walking a pair and striking out four over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Neftali Feliz threw a scoreless 10th to become the pitcher of record, getting his first win of the season in the process. Jason Vargas will start game two and is 12-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. In his career, Vargas is 2-3 with a 6.13 ERA and 34 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 0-7 in their last 7 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 road games against a left-handed starter. Kansas City is 21-7 in Vargas’ last 28 starts and 15-7 in their last 22 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 6-1 in Vargas’ last 7 starts overall. Chicago is 4-10 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
Even though Vargas hasn’t had a ton of success against the White Sox in his career, this version of the White Sox shouldn’t be hard to take down, as Chicago is a dumpster fire that’s clearly waving the white flag on the season. Kansas City can taste a wild card spot with how they’ve played lately, and Vargas should be able to bounce back from a pair of rough outings with a nice win here.