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MLB BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals meet at Kauffman Stadium.

The White Sox will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Jose Quintana in this game. Quintana has a 7-4 record and a 3.66 ERA this season.

The Royals will counter Quintana with James Shields. Righthander Shields has a 3.19 ERA to go along with a 8-8 record this season.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the White Sox at +164 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Chicago has won 5 straight games.
Kansas City has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 51-74 SU
Kansas City: 64-61 SU

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 7-3
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Washington are 1-8
After playing Chi White Sox are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Chi White Sox are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
Chi White Sox are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi White Sox's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kansas City's last 12 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City's last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games

Next up:
Chi White Sox home to Texas, Friday, August 23
Kansas City home to Washington, Friday, August 23