The Royals wouldn’t have much of a chance in this game if an average pitcher was starting for the White Sox, and Dylan Cease is no regular pitcher. The White Sox starter enters this game with a sub-2 ERA at 1.98 and has pitched his last 18 innings while giving up just 2 runs and 16 strikeouts. He is in the midst of the best stretch of his young career and Kansas City does not have the offense to keep up with or really even challenge him. The White Sox offense isn’t elite, but they can certainly handle a past-his-prime Greinke while Cease mows down the Royals young lineup.
Prediction: White Sox win on the back of a good start from Cease.
The Cardinals are playing great ball at the moment and just recently swept the Yankees in a 3-game series that was not nearly as contested as one would’ve thought it to be. At. Louis has been dominant of late and can attribute a lot of that success to team hitting, as the Cardinals currently sport an .845 team OPS over the last two weeks. Their pitching hasn’t been nearly as good, but with offense like that as a team, and hitters like Paul Goldschmit and Nolan Arenado playing at an MVP level, this team can rely on its offense to get wins as I think they will here.
Prediction: The Cardinals elite offense carries the team to victory.
I'm going with the over in this one. The lowest scoring game between these teams was 3-4 way back in May. The other scores featured eight or more runs. Both teams have awful pitching, and Cinci has one of the most hitter-friendly parks. Take the over.
Boston has yet to win a series against an AL East team (they've split once and lost every other one) which begs the question, does this count as a series, being a one-of makeup game? If yes, take the O's too.
I'd definitely say take the over as both of these teams have been playing high-scoring games lately. The average Red Sox total has been 11.88 runs per game over their last seven. The average Orioles game total has been 8.63 over their last eight, but it bumps up to 9.71 if you eliminate their 1-0 win during that stretch. Take the over.