The Kansas City Royals will be taking on their divisional rival Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast the matchup and the game gets going at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox Odds
Kansas City (+105) is the underdog to Chicago (-115) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this night game at 9.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at Royals +1.5 runs (-200) and White Sox -1.5 runs (+170).
The White Sox are 60-60 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 45-76 straight up (SU). They’ve lost 18.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.6 units (ATS). The Royals are 37-85 SU and have gone 56-65 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 31.5 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 18.9 units ATS.
Chicago games have had an over/under record of 57-57-6 in 2018. Kansas City has been a decent under bet with a total record of 52-62-7.
Brad Keller is getting the nod for the visiting Royals. The right-handed Keller (5-5, 3.40 ERA) has racked up 62 strikeouts in 95.1 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with 12 strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA against Chicago this year (two starts).
The White Sox are putting the ball in the right hand of Dylan Covey (4-9, 6.06 ERA, 1.60 WHIP), who has 59 strikeouts and 36 walks. Covey is 0-2 with four strikeouts and a 6.97 ERA across two starts against Kansas City this year.
Chicago’s pitching staff has given up 5.4 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.11 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.66 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. In 51 games against AL Central foes, White Sox starters have an ERA of 4.60 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.52.
The Chicago hitters are putting up 4.1 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game against divisional foes and 6.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .278/.323/.489 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.
The White Sox batters have been led by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is hitting .267/.326/.487 with 22 home runs, 76 RBIs and 65 runs scored, and Sanchez’s line is .248/.304/.387 with seven homers, 45 RBIs and 44 runs.
For the visiting squad, Kansas City’s pitchers have allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.32 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.36 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 5.33, along with a WHIP of 1.47.
The Royals offense has slashed .241/.304/.373 on its way to 3.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).
Kansas City’s hitters have been paced by second baseman Whit Merrifield and third baseman Mike Moustakas. The speedy Merrifield is hitting .303/.373/.422 with seven home runs, 40 RBIs, 57 runs and 26 stolen bases. Moustakas (.249/.309/.468) has produced 20 homers, 62 RBIs and 46 runs scored.
The Royals have lost 27.1 units and are 34-47 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 38 of those games, compared to 38 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 9.5 units and are 46-45 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 44 of those games, compared to 42 which went under the total.
Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox Free MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – White Sox, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – OVER
- The over has cashed in four of Chicago’s last seven games.
- Kansas City has recorded 18.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.0 over its last five.
- The Royals have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.