Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals Free Preview

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In the 2 game of their AL Central doubleheader, the Chicago White Sox are set to take on the Kansas City Royals at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game gets underway 8:15 p.m. ET and WGN will broadcast the matchup.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Odds

The White Sox have gone just 7-16 SU this year and are 10-12 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 9.2 units for moneyline bettors through the early portions of the season and 4.0 units ATS. The Royals, on the other hand, are 5-19 SU and 9-14 ATS. They’ve lost 12.1 units for moneyline bettors and 9.8 units ATS.

Kansas City games have an over/under record of 8-13-2 so far in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 11-9-2.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.9 runs per game and its starters own a 5.80 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 5.42 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.91, along with a WHIP of 1.58.

The White Sox offense has slashed .240/.312/.417 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.2 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada have led Chicago’s hitters. Davidson is slashing .237/.356/.632 with nine home runs, 18 RBIs and 15 runs scored, while Moncada (.264/.362/.560) is up to six homers, 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

Putting up a slash line of .237/.275/.316 across 40 plate appearances, Moncada did not do especially well against left-handed pitchers on the road last year (his total season line was .231/.338/.412).

For the home team, Kansas City’s pitching staff has given up 5.7 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.41, a WHIP of 1.25 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.7. The bullpen has a 6.72 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 6.6 K/9. In 13 divisional games, Royals starters have an ERA of 4.38 and the bullpens ERA is 5.97.

Kansas City’s hitters are putting up 3.3 runs per outing, including 3.1 per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .242/.318/.410 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas and right fielder Jorge Soler have led the charge for the Royals batters so far. Moustakas is hitting .311/.336/.621 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs and 16 runs scored, and Soler’s line is .292/.427/.462 with 19 hits, five RBIs and six runs.

Soler performed well at home in 2017, slashing .213/.302/.404 over 53 plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .144/.245/.258).

Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in only two of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The Royals have lost five of their last six games SU.
  • Kansas City has recorded 21.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.0 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.