Back The Defending Champs Royals In Rubber Match vs. White Sox This Sunday

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, September 11, 2016 4:03 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 11, 2016 4:03 PM UTC

It's a showdown of AL Central rivals in the rubber game of this three-game set between the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox. Let's see what the MLB odds makers are dealing and get on the right side.

Swinger’s MLB Record: 72-49, +20.96 units
I feel like I have been treading water lately, largely because I have been treading water lately in my MLB picks. Yesterday, I spotted the MLB odds makers dealing the Cubs at almost a pick'em against their hosts, the Houston Astros. I should always take a breath when I see a line that just doesn't quite make sense and lay off of it. But I suppose that would preclude me from doing what handicappers should do and that gets the best value when they see it. Scared money don't make money, as they say. Alas, the best team in baseball with a decided pitching advantage, bowed 2-1 which raked 1.15 units off of our total units.

It wasn't all bad as my other MLB write-up from yesterday had me backing a big favorite in the Texas Rangers over the LA Angels and that one didn't even make me sweat as the Rangers scored an 8-5 victory, adding a unit back to the good. All in all, we did the splits on Saturday and lost just 15 cents on the day. Back to the grind.


Defending Champs Still Alive
The Royals brought a World Series back to Kansas City last season after a 30-year drought. But things have not gone as planned in their defense of baseball's most prestigious title. Here we are rounding into mid-September with just 21 games left to play and the Royals are clinging to a shot at the postseason that will take a combination of winning baseball as well as a bit of luck to get there. The AL Central title is Cleveland's for the taking as the Indians are six games in front of Detroit and nine games ahead of the Royals. Therefore, a wild card entry is the most reasonable path to a postseason berth and right now KC is the low man on the totem pole in battling six other teams for just two wild card spots.

After a 6-5 win, last night the Royals will trot Ian Kennedy (10-9, 3.76, 1.21) to the hill to take on White Sox ace Chris Sale (15-7, 3.07, 1.01). Kennedy has gotten touched in his last two outings as he surrendered four runs and nine hits to the Twins in what turned out to be an 11-5 win, and previous to that he was again tagged for four runs on six hits in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees. The nine-year veteran is 1-1 when starting against the White Sox with an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.389. His team's record is 2-1 (+1.0 units) in these starts.


Live Odds For Royals vs White Sox


Betting Analysis
The White Sox are playing the role of the spoiler in this one as they have pretty much flat-lined in terms of their playoff aspirations. But misery loves company and that is their only reason to compete for the rest of the way (oh, and the fact each one of them is getting paid millions to do so). The Royals are coming into this one off a narrow 6-5 win over their hosts yesterday and trot a talented but struggling Ian Kennedy to the mound.

Meanwhile, the White Sox will unleash their bona fide ace Chris Sale to hopefully shred the Royals lineup. Sale is 7-7 when starting against the Royals with an ERA of 3.07 and a WHIP of 1.325. His team's record is 9-9 (-3.5 units) in these starts. The Southsiders are 2-1 over the Royals with Sale on the hill this season.

Yet, I believe the Royals are the better team with the harder hitting lineup. Over the last two weeks, Kansas City has averaged 6.3 runs per game and have a pitcher in Ian Kennedy who is poised to rebound from two subpar performances and has had success over the White Sox in the past. The value here is too good to pass up as we get the better team with a pretty big price attached to them.


Free MLB Pick: Royals +146 
Best Line Offered: at BetDSI

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