It’ll be a pitcher’s duel when the Kansas City Royals visit the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
It’s the final day of the regular season and starting pitchers for teams locked in for the post-season will likely not pitch as deep into contests as usual. So there’s value in looking for games with teams or specific players with something to prove.
In this contest, you have two relatively unheralded pitchers (Bruce Chen for the Royals and Jose Quintana for the White Sox) who will want to put an exclamation point on solidly pitched seasons.
Chen has logged an 8-4 record and a 3.38 ERA. In his only start against the White Sox in Chicago, he threw very well, lasting six innings while giving up just three hits and two runs.
Quintana has been equally solid. He’s 9-6 with a 3.45 ERA. He’s thrown even better in his past five outings, tallying a 2.22 ERA and pitches his best when at home (6-4, 3.21 ERA). In his one home appearance against the Royals, he was strong, going seven innings and giving up two runs.
Hitters for these clubs – both lineups have underperformed this year – will have one eye on packing their bags for the off-season, but I don’t expect either pitcher to have the same approach. Go with under 7.5 runs at 1.85.
The Cleveland Indians will finish off the season with a victory on the road against the Minnesota Twins.
Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez is just too good for the Twins in this one. In the second half of the season he’s posted a sterling 1.86 ERA and, overall, has actually thrown better in away games (3.07 ERA compared to 3.66 at home). In his only start against the Twins this year, he struck out ten in six innings of work and gave up just two runs.
In 72 career plate appearances, Twins hitters have mustered a combined .226 batting average. Moreover, the Indians will still likely be fighting for post-season positioning, so there is a lot at stake in this contest.
As for Twins starter Scott Diamond, very little good has come from this season. He’s 6-12 with a 5.54 ERA. In his one start opposing the Indians this season he was hammered for six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Choose the Indians, who are on at 1.46 to win.
Back under 7.5 runs between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals
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