MLB Picks: Bet White Sox & Royals to go UNDER

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:16 PM GMT

The UNDER has cashed with great regularity with umpire Phil Cuzzi calling balls and strikes, which is important to consider when handicapping Thursday’s contest between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. Where should bettors plan on placing our MLB picks in tonight's matchup?

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League Central matchup at Kauffman Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.

Check out our Thursday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Riding high 

Chicago has put together a season-high five-game winning streak, which includes a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals as +157 road underdogs Wednesday, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive contest. 

The White Sox are 1-3 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 during the 2013 campaign. 

Season is slipping away 

Kansas City has dropped four games in a row, as it has gone 2-7 since putting together a 19-5 run immediately after the All-Star break. 

The Royals are 8-2 as home favorites of -150 to -175, with the UNDER going 5-4-1 in those 10 opportunities.

Quintana

White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last three appearances, as he comes off a 5-2 road victory over the Minnesota Twins.

The left-hander is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in 12 road starts, with opposing hitters batting .252 against him.

In six lifetime outings versus the Royals, Quintana has posted a 0-2 record and 3.96 ERA.

Shields 

Royals starting pitcher James Shields (8-8, 3.19 ERA) has won back-to-back outings, including a 3-0 road victory over the Detroit Tigers last time out, as he allowed three hits in seven shutout innings. 

The right-hander is 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 12 home appearances, issuing 28 walks and striking out 64 batters in 82.1 combined frames. 

In 15 career games versus the White Sox, Shields has compiled a 4-4 record and 3.97 ERA, including a 5-1 road victory on July 26.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their sports picks tonight, as the UNDER is 11-1 in umpire Phil Cuzzi’s last 12 games behind home plate.

MLB Pick:  Under 7.5