Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

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The Kansas City Royals are set to host their AL Central rival Chicago White Sox at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The matchup will get underway at 8:15 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will be televising the game.

Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals Odds

Chicago (+135) is the underdog against Kansas City (-145) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Runline odds stand at -160 for taking the White Sox +1.5 runs and +140 for the Royals -1.5.

The White Sox are only 5-16 SU and are 8-12 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 9.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season and 6.0 units ATS. The Royals, on the other hand, are 5-17 SU and 9-12 ATS. The team’s lost 9.6 units for moneyline bettors and 7.3 units ATS.

Kansas City games have an over/under record of 8-12-1 so far in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 11-8-1.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito is getting the start for Chicago. Giolito is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA and nine strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA against Kansas City this year (two starts).

The Royals are turning to righty Jakob Junis (3-1, 2.02 ERA), who has 20 strikeouts and five walks as well as a WHIP of 0.75. Junis hasn’t faced the White Sox yet this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Kansas City’s pitchers have given up 5.6 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 7.15 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 6.9 K/9. In 11 games against divisional foes, Royals starters have an ERA of 3.80 and the bullpen’s ERA is 6.75.

The Kansas City hitters are putting up 3.3 runs per contest, including 3.0 per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .222/.309/.371 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Mike Moustakas has helped lead the Royals’ offense this year with seven home runs, 18 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

For the visitors, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 6.1 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 6.11 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 5.69 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.27, along with a K/9 of 9.79.

White Sox hitters have slashed .236/.313/.394 on their way to 3.7 runs scored per game this season, including 4.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Chicago’s hitters have been led by Jose Abreu, who is slashing .286/.348/.536 with six home runs, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

The White Sox just dropped a 4-3 game to the Mariners, while the Royals are coming off of a 6-2 loss against the Brewers.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Royals, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of Kansas City’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.
  • Chicago has averaged 18.7 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 games and 20.2 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have lost nine of their last 10 games SU while the Royals have lost three of their last four SU.