Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/18/2014
Monday, May 19, 8:10 PM on CSCh, FSKC
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Chicago White Sox - Carroll, S (1-3) vs. Kansas City Royals - Vargas, J (4-1)
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Scott Carroll will be looking to bounce back from a couple of rough starts when the Chicago White Sox take on Jason Vargas and the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Last Tuesday, Scott Carroll lost for the third start in a row when he was beaten by the Oakland Athletics on the road. He gave up six earned runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out two. He started out the season pretty well, but Carroll has given up 12 runs in his last two starts and his ERA is now up to 5.24.
No one on the Royals has faced Carroll yet. They can expect to see a lot of his 89-91 mph fastball with a few sliders and curveballs mixed in.
Lefty Jason Vargas improved to 4-1 by getting the win against the Colorado Rockies last Wednesday. He pitched 6.2 innings in that start and gave up just two earned runs on five hits while striking out a season-high eight batters and walking one. His ERA is down to a solid 3.00 now and he's given up just 56 hits through 60 innings this season.
Paul Konerko has faced Vargas 18 over the years and has a .438 batting average against him with two doubles and a home run. Alexei Ramirez has eight hits in 18 plate appearances against Vargas with two home runs and four RBI.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
Chicago White Sox are 24-17-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago White Sox is -0.2
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 18-20-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
05/04/14 LF Adam Eaton Hamstring 15-day DL (5/3)
04/22/14 P Chris Sale Elbow 15-day DL (4/18)
04/19/14 P Felipe Paulino Shoulder 15-day DL (4/19)
04/10/14 RF Avisail Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (4/9); out for season
04/04/14 P Nate Jones Hip 60-day DL (4/4)
Kansas City Royals
05/13/14 2B Omar Infante Back 15-day DL (5/13)
05/02/14 P Bruce Chen Back 15-day DL (4/25)
04/09/14 P Francisley Bueno Finger 15-day DL (4/7)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Kansas City
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