The Kansas City Royals will be taking on their division rival Chicago White Sox in a Tuesday night game. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET and WGN will televise the matchup.
Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Odds
Kansas City (+130) is entering this one as the underdog against Chicago (-140) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at 9.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). The game’s runline odds stand at -170 for picking the Royals +1.5 runs and +150 for the White Sox -1.5.
The White Sox are 6-9 straight up (SU) and 5-9 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 1.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.3 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread just twice in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Royals are 5-11 SU and have gone 9-6 against the spread. In total, the club has lost 4.9 units for moneyline bettors in this young season, but have gained 2.8 units ATS. Kansas City has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven.
Chicago games have a 10-4 over/under record so far in 2019. Kansas City has also been a decent over bet with a total record of 11-3-1.
Jorge Lopez will get the start for the visiting Royals. The right-handed Lopez is 0-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 13 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 7.20 ERA against Chicago this year.
The White Sox are putting the ball in the hands of righty Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 12.15 ERA), who has 12 strikeouts and 12 walks, along with a 2.55 WHIP. Lopez is 0-1 with two strikeouts and a 9.00 ERA in one start against Kansas City this year.
Chicago’s pitchers have given up 6.2 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 6.69 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.30 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In six games against AL Central foes, White Sox starters have an ERA of 3.18 and the bullpen’s ERA is 6.88.
The Chicago offense is putting up 4.6 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .236/.302/.420 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.
Shortstop Tim Anderson and third baseman Yoan Moncada have led the way for the White Sox offense so far. Anderson is slashing .453/.463/.679 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, 11 runs and five stolen bases, while Moncada’s line sits at .323/.364/.565 with three homers, 14 RBIs and 13 runs.
In the visiting dugout, Kansas City’s pitchers have allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.72 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.53 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 6.88, along with a K-per-9 of 7.74.
The Royals offense has slashed .249/.325/.438 on its way to 4.9 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).
Second baseman Whit Merrifield and left fielder Alex Gordon have led Kansas City’s hitters. Merrifield is slashing .314/.347/.500 with 22 hits, eight RBIs, 14 runs and five steals, while Gordon is slashing .352/.439/.630 with 19 hits, three homers, 13 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
The Royals have lost 2.8 units and are 7-4 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 1.4 units and are 3-6 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to two which went under the total.
Royals vs. White Sox Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – White Sox, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – UNDER
- Kansas City has tallied 23 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Chicago has 17 XBH over its last five.
- The Royals have an OPS of .763 this season and an OPS of .785 against right-handed pitchers. The White Sox’ OPS stands at .717 overall and .740 against righties.
- Kansas City has recorded 22 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 24 over its last five.
- The Royals have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.