Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (58-58) at Chicago White Sox (45-69)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
J Vargas (13-6) (3.40) vs. D Holland (6-11) (5.63)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +131 / Kansas City Royals -141 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSKC
The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox meet Sunday in MLB action at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Kansas City Royals look to win back-to-back games for the first time this month. The Royals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have split their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 139 hits and 62 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas have combined for 241 hits and 111 RBI. Jason Vargas gets the ball, and he is 13-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Vargas is 2-3 with a 5.92 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox look to play spoiler after splitting their last eight games. The White Sox have allowed 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Chicago White Sox have lost 16 of their last 18 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 131 hits and 70 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Tim Anderson have combined for 209 hits and 111 RBI. Derek Holland gets the ball, and he is 6-11 with a 5.25 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. Holland is 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, 5-1 in Vargas' last 6 road starts and 23-9 in Vargas' last 32 starts. The White Sox are 2-8 in their last 10 Sunday games, 1-5 in Hollands last 6 home starts and 3-13 in Hollands last 16 starts. The Royals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.
Vargas has allowed three or less earned runs in seven of his last 10 starts, and the Royals have won seven of the last 10 games he's pitched. The White Sox have won one of Hollan's last 10 games and he's allowing nearly one earned run per every two innings at home. Have to back the Royals here, especially with the reasonable price we're getting.