Joe D'Amico's MLB AL Central Game of the Month
Chi White Sox vs. Kansas City,
07/13/2012 20:10 EDT,
Score: 9 - 8
Money Line: -114 Chi White Sox
Today's winner is Chicago over Kansas City. This is my AL Central Game of the Month.
These two teams have gone in opposite directions over the last month. Chicago sits atop the AL Central, 3 games ahead of Cleveland, at 47-38, winning 9 of their L12.Kansas City is in 4th place in the Division, 9 1/2 GB, at 36-46, dropping 7 of their L9. The Royals also own the worst home record in Baseball with a 14-23 mark when hosting. The White Sox have been sparked by newly acquired 3B, Kevin Youkilis. Overall, the offense ranks 7th in the League in scoring at 4.81 RPG and is 4th in HRs with 103 round-trippers. Konerko and Rios are doing most of the damage. Both are batting over .300 and have combined for 195 hits. The two sluggers are joined by Viciedo, Pierzynski, and Dunn as the bulk of the lineups power, combing for 81 of the teams 103 Homers. Today, Jose Quintana takes the mound. The LH is 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA , including a 2-0, 2.86 mark in his L3 outings. He faces a Kansas City team that averages 4.10 RPG, lacking power and consisting of just one player batting over .300 in Escobar. They have Bruce Chen throwing today. The LH is 7-8 with a 5.22 ERA on the season, going 1-2 with a 7.31 record in his L3 starts. The White Sox are 5-1 their L6 games played as a favorite, 7-1 their L8 games played vs. the AL Central, and 4-1 in Quintanas L5 starts overall. The Royals are 17-35 their L52 games played as a 'dog 0-6 their L6 games played against the AL Central, and 0-4 in Chens L4 starts as a 'dog. Take Chicago. Thank you.