Kansas City Royals (3-3) at Chicago White Sox (4-4)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
Mike Minor (1-0) (6.00) vs. Dylan Cease (0-0) (5.79)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -145 / Kansas City Royals +134 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox meet Sunday in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field.
This will be the second game of the weekend series between these teams. The Sox won the first installment Thursday, and Saturday’s game was postponed due to weather. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Kansas City managed a pair of wins over the Rangers in their first series, then split a pair with the Indians. On Thursday, the Royals couldn’t get any offense going in an eventual 6-0 loss. Starter Brad Keller lasted just 3.1 innings in that one with six hits and four earned.
For the Sunday starting pitcher role, the Royals will send out Mike Minor. In his season debut against the Rangers on April 3, Minor had some difficulties. he gave up four runs on four hits in six innings with a pair of walks. He’s coming in on eight days’ rest here.
Over on the White Sox’ side, they went just 1-3 in their opening set versus the Angels, but then managed a pair of wins over the Mariners in their next three games. On Thursday in the 6-0 win, starter Lance Lynn went the distance with 9.0 innings, five hits, no earned and 11 Ks.
In the starter role Sunday, the Sox are going with Dylan Cease. In his first start this year versus the Angels, Cease posted 4.2 innings with three strikeouts, three walks and three runs. He had a 30-pitch first inning in that one, but eventually started to look better on the mound.
The Royals are 55-112 in their last 167 road games and 17-39 in their last 56 Sunday games. Kansas City is 29-83 in their last 112 in game three of a series and the under is 5-1 in their last six in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 17-4 in their last 21 home games and 6-13 in their last 19 overall. Chicago is 8-2 in their last 10 in game two of a series and the over is 4-0 in their last four in game two of a series.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Sox. This should be a pretty solid starting pitcher matchup, as both guys are coming off up-and-down starts in their first appearances. Chicago rode a great start by Lynn all the way to a victory on Thursday, but I expect the Royals to be more competitive on the scoreboard in this one.