Jack Jones’ MLB Pick: Bet the Kansas City Royals on June 21st 2013
Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals
Jack Jones Pick: Royals -132 odds (June 21st 2013)
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Jeremy Guthrie remains one of the most underrated starters in the league. He has been nothing short of brilliant since joining the Royals last season. The White Sox have lost seven of their last eight games coming into this one.
Guthrie has gone 7-4 with a 3.72 ERA in 14 starts this season. He has been virtually untouchable at home, going 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.071 WHIP in six starts. Guthrie has only allowed 13 earned runs over 42 innings at home this year.
He has also had a lot of success against Chicago in his past. Guthrie is 6-5 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.073 WHIP in 16 career starts against the White Sox. In his last two starts against Chicago, both of which have come this season, Guthrie is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.60 ERA while allowing 1 earned run over 15 innings.
Chicago is 5-17 in its last 22 games overall. The White Sox are 3-13 in their last 16 games following a loss. The Royals are 10-1 in their last 11 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. Kansas City is 12-1 in Guthrie’s last 13 home starts. Bet the Royals Friday.