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Kansas City takes on the Chicago White Sox in an AL Central battle on Monday night. The Royals are coming off a shocking home sweep of Cleveland in three games, while the White Sox have won two of their last three games at the Yankees over the weekend.
Baseball is a funny game
Kansas City came into their series against Cleveland having lost 10 straight games and having not won a game in April. They left Kansas City on their way to Chicago taking three straight from Cleveland, beating up on two stud pitchers in Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco. On Sunday, they took advantage of five walks from Kluber and belted him for six runs, including two home runs in just 2.2 innings, in a 9-8 win. They blew an 8-5 lead in the seventh inning and then won the game in the ninth on a walk-off single from Hunter Dozier. He drove in pinch-runner Terrance Gore, who stole second and then moved to third on an overthrow.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 14, 2019
The Royals will send right-hander Heath Fillmyer to the bump, who is 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA this season. He made his first start against Seattle on Wednesday and was lit up for five runs and six hits in three innings. He faced the White Sox twice last season, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and four homers in 5.1 innings.
Finding their way in the Bronx
Carlos Rodon went six innings and allowed just two runs on three hits on Sunday in Chicago’s 5-2 win over the New York Yankees from Yankee Stadium. The White Sox played aggressively all day, stealing five bases, including two from the tortoise-like Jose Abreu. Shortstop Tim Anderson hit a grand slam to lead the White Sox. Anderson now leads the bigs in batting average at .429.
Veteran right-hander Ervin Santana will go for the White Sox against the Royals on Monday. He made his debut on Tuesday against Tampa Bay, allowing seven runs on seven hits including three homers in 3.2 innings to suffer the defeat. Last season, he made one start against Kansas City and allowed three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings.
Chicago White Sox:
- 1-6 last 7 after a win.
- 3-14 last 17 home games.
- 8-20 last 28 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I really like the Royals line up and their speed like by Aldaberto Mondesi, who had two steals on Sunday. Santana was a quality pitcher five years ago. At 36, he’s way past his prime and the White Sox basically just need a stop-gap before they can bring up prospects. I think the Royals take this game on the road as Santana gets lit up again.
Prediction: Kansas City +110
Full-Game Total Pick
This is the better pick. Is there really a question about the total with Fillmyer against Santana on the mound? Kansas City is 11-2-1 Over their last 14 overall and 9-2 Over their last 11 vs. a right-handed starter. The White Sox are 10-3 Over their last 13 overall and 6-1-1 Over their last 8 home games.
Prediction: Over 9.5