Chicago White Sox (5-14) vs Kansas City Royals (5-15)Date : 04/26/2018
Time : 8:15 pm EST
Location : Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
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Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Game 1 of a 4-game set between the visiting Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals will take place at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday beginning at 8:15 pm EST. Currently, both these teams are in the AL Central division with the White Sox in last place along with the Royals occupying 4th place. This will be the second meeting of the year amongst these two squads with the White Sox getting the sweep at home in their opening week 2-game set versus the Royals. In recent matchups, the White Sox have won 8 of their last 12 matchups against the Royals, with the Sox winning 6 of the last 10 at Kauffman Stadium.
Chicago White Sox's Latest Performance :
The White Sox began the season winning their first 2-games of the season while sweeping the Kansas City Royals on the road. This would seemingly be the highest point of the season for Chicago as they preceded to lose 15 of their next 17 games leading up to this matchup with the Braves. They are also on a 7-game losing streak to where they have been outscored by their opponents 61-16. In other words, not only is the pitching staff for Chicago not very good this year, they have also struggled on offense as well. Of course, one without the other can make for interesting results, yet, with both sides being as inconsistent as they are, we now have what we currently witness as it relates to the White Sox.
For the season, the White Sox average 3.56 runs per game (24th) with a team batting average of .228 (23rd), 21 home runs (21st), along with 19 stolen bases (2nd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 6.20 (30th) wit 142 k’s (29th), along with 6 quality starts on the season (21st).
Yolmer Sanchez (.279 BA on 61 AB), Jose Abreu (.274 BA on 73 AB), and Nicky Delmonico (.245 BA on 73 AB) have spearheaded the White Sox offense throughout the season. Tim Anderson (.239 BA on 67 AB) and Avisail Garcia (.225 BA on 71 AB) have also been important for the White Sox lineup this year.
Reynaoldo Lopez (0-2) has pitched 24 innings and has allowed 5 runs on 12 hits, 2 home runs, 15 walks, and 23 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.50 while James Sheilds (1-2) has pitched 23.1 innings while allowing 16 runs on 27 hits, 1 homer, 13 walks, and 11 strikeouts with an ERA of 6.17. Lucas Giolito (0-3) has pitched 20 innings while allowing 21 runs on 18 hits, 1 home run, 19 walks, and 9 strikeouts with an ERA of 9.00.
Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :
Can it get any worse for the Kansas City Royals? After winning only 3 of their first 5 games, the Royals have gone on to lose 10 of their last 11 contests, with 5 of those losses being at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have not won a series this season and are reeling for some type of momentum. Leading up to this series, they were swept by the Angels (0-3) and Blue Jays (0-3) while losing 2-1 to the Detroit Tigers in last weekend’s series.
For the season, the Royals are averaging 3.16 runs per game (28th) with a team batting average of .241 (14th), 13 homers (27th), along with 4 stolen bases (29th). Their pitching staff ranks at the bottom with an ERA of 5.31 (27th) with 134 strikeouts (30th) with 9 quality starts on the year (10th).
Mike Moustakas (.325 BA on 80 AB), Jorge Soler (.280 BA on 50 AB), Whit Merrifield (.270 BA on 74 AB), and Cheslor Cuthbert (.250 BA on 52 AB) have been solid thus far at the plate for Kansas City. Jon Jay (.233 BA on 73 AB) and Lucas Duda (.227 BA on 66 AB) have also provided a small spark to the offense this season.
Jakob Junis (3-1) has been a bright spot for the Royal pitching staff this year going 26.2 innings this year while allowing 6 runs on 15 hits, 3 homers, 5 walks, and 20 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.02. Ian Kennedy (1-2), Jason Hammel (0-1), and Danny Duffy (0-3) have combined for 76.3 innings while allowing 30 runs on 33 hits, 8 homers, 27 walks, and 63 strikeouts with a combined ERA of 3.60.
How Chicago White Sox & Kansas City Royals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, Chicago white Sox are 7-11 ATS while the O/U is 10-7-1. On the other hand, the Kansas City Royals are 8-12 ATS while the O/U is 7-11-1.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Can any two teams in the MLB use a win more than the Chicago White Sox or the Kansas City Royals? With both opposing pitching staffs being awful, if one is not fortunate enough to get the win in this series, at least the loser could have the opportunity to gain some type of rhythm offensively. As a result of more of a rhythm on offense, it can often provide more of a cushion for their pitching staff allowing them to be more unrestricted, if you will, in their overall pitching style. Nonetheless, each of these teams will be locked in for this matchup since a win is very imperative, particularly at a point in the season to where continuous losing can negatively affect the overall psyche of any team.
Totals Selection: Over
My reason for the prediction :
Despite 4-straight wins for the Rays, I do not have any confidence whatsoever in either of these teams. Nevertheless, I will certainly be remiss if I did not take the Over in this contest considering the inability of both pitching staffs to prevent teams from scoring at will combined with the fact that the over has been prevalent in the past few meetings against these squads. It is for this reason that I will hope for yet another disastrous pitching display from both Chicago and KC, thus allowing the runs pour in.
Betting trends for Chicago White Sox:
- Betting trends for Chicago White Sox
- The White Sox are 0-7 in last 7 games
- The White sox are 1-6 in last 7 road games
- The Over is 5-3 in last 8 road games
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Betting Trends for Kansas City Royals
- The Over is 20-16 in last 36 home games
- The Over is 5-2-1 in Royals last 8 games