2008 Season MLB Baseball Past Picks
July 09, 2008
Chicago at Kansas City
Wednesday 07/09 08:10 PM Eastern
3 units on Chicago -127 (moneyline) (risk 3 to return 3) RESULT: win
3 units on Chicago -120 (moneyline) (risk 3 to return 3) RESULT: loss
Brian Bannister gave the Royals a big lift last year finishing 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA on a bad team. This season he looked even more impressive to start as he held a 0.86 ERA through his first three starts and then the bottom fell out. Bannister has pitched to a 6.18 ERA since, and has allowed five or more earned runs in over half his starts since then. Consequently, the Royals have been 5-10 in those 15 starts. Javier Vasquez has pitched rather consistently all year having allowed six hits or less in 10 of his 18 starts. The White Sox have been on a tear, winners of 10 of their last 12. We like the matchup in this one to ride the Chi-Sox on the road in Kansas City. The Royals are averaging 4.1 runs per game (3.9 against RHP and 3.6 against division foes). The Sox are 41-25 UNDER dating back to last season on the road vs. losing teams. This season they are 23-10 UNDER on the road when the line is -125 to +125 and 11-2 UNDER on the road over teams that average under 0.8 home runs per game. So we also play on the UNDER here.