Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals 9/17/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/16/2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City
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Chris Sale (12-3), who has a 1.33 ERA in his last four outings, will make the start for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night when they face second-year starter Yordano Ventura (12-10) and the Kansas City Royals.
Last Thursday, Chris Sale had one of his best starts of the year when he beat the Oakland Athletics at home. He pitched eight shutout innings in that game and allowed just two hits while striking out nine batters and walking two. Sale's ERA is now down to an excellent 1.99 after that win and he has struck out a league-leading 10.6 batters per nine innings this season.
Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is 14-for-39 against Sale in his career with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. First baseman Eric Hosmer is just 6-for-28 against him with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings against the Boston Red Sox last Friday and ended up taking the loss. He gave up four runs (three earned) in that start and struck out six hitters while walking one. Ventura currently owns a 3.27 ERA and he has struck out 7.6 batters per nine innings this year.
White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie has two hits in four at-bats against Ventura in his career with a walk and a triple. Adam Eaton is 1-for-3 against him in his career with a double and a strikeout.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
Chicago White Sox are 74-71-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago White Sox is -0.6
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 65-76-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
09/05/14 1B Paul Konerko Hand out indefinitely
04/19/14 P Felipe Paulino Shoulder 15-day DL (4/19)
04/04/14 P Nate Jones Hip 60-day DL (4/4)
Kansas City Royals
09/13/14 P Danny Duffy Shoulder questionable
09/03/14 2B Christian Colon Finger out indefinitely
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Kansas City
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