Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Free Preview

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The Chicago White Sox will play host to the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago is in line to broadcast the matchup.

Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

Chicago (-115) is favored against Kansas City (+105) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 9.5 runs (-120 for the over and +100 for the under). The games runline odds sit at -200 for taking the Royals +1.5 runs and +170 for the White Sox -1.5.

The Royals are 32-72 SU and are 48-57 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 27.1 units for moneyline bettors and 17.6 units ATS. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 37-67 SU and 52-53 ATS. They’ve lost 18.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.3 units ATS.

Chicago games have had an over/under record of 50-50-5 in 2018. The Royals have been a good under bet with a total record of 43-56-6.

The right-handed Jakob Junis is the probable starter for Kansas City. Junis (5-11, 5.06 ERA) has racked up 101 punchouts in 110.1 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 9.53 ERA against Chicago this year.

The White Sox are turning to righty Dylan Covey (4-6, 5.40 ERA), who has 50 strikeouts and 30 walks as well as a 1.55 WHIP. Covey is 0-1 with three strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA in one start against Kansas City this year.

As a unit, Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 5.4 runs per game overall this season. The clubs starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.31, a WHIP of 1.46 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.5. The bullpen has a 4.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 9.5 K/9. In 41 games against divisional opponents, White Sox starters have an ERA of 4.63 and the bullpens ERA is 3.27.

The Chicago offense has produced 4.1 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .266/.321/.514 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Jose Abreu has helped lead the White Sox offense this season with 16 home runs, 59 RBIs and 52 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Kansas City’s pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.27 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 7.28 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 5.39, along with a WHIP of 1.46.

The Royals offense has slashed .241/.305/.373 on its way to 3.7 runs scored per game this year, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Kansas City’s hitters have been led by Whit Merrifield. Merrifield is slashing .300/.372/.422 with five home runs, 32 RBIs, 49 runs and 22 stolen bases.

The White Sox are coming off of a 9-5 win against the Blue Jays, while the Royals just dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to the Yankees.

Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in only two of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The Royals have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • Chicago has recorded 22.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 24.2 over its last five.