Royals vs. White Sox Best Bet 8/31/22

by | Aug 31, 2022 | mlb

Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox

Date: Wednesday August 31st, 08:10 ET

Location: Guaranteed Rate Field

TV: Bally Sports Kansas City

Money Line: Royals +148 / White Sox -180 (Bet it cheaper at BAS!)

Total Line: 8.5

STARTING PITCHING

Kansas City: Kris Bubic (2-9, 5.71)
Chicago: Lance Lynn (3-5, 5.0)

Royals Projected Lineup

Michael A. Taylor CF
Nicky Lopez 2B
Michael Massey 2B
Drew Waters RF
Nick Pratto 1B
Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Salvador Perez C
Hunter Dozier 3B
MJ Melendez C
Kris Bubic P

White Sox Projected Lineup

Elvis Andrus SS
Romy Gonzalez 2B
Andrew Vaughn 1B
Josh Harrison 3B
Seby Zavala C
Eloy Jiménez LF
José Abreu 1B
AJ Pollock LF
Luis Robert CF
Lance Lynn P

STRAIGHT UP/ OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Kansas City Royals: 53-77-0 SU / OU 65-60-5 / Run Line W/L 62-68-0
Chicago White Sox: 63-66-0 SU / OU 58-62-9 / Run Line W/L 56-73-0

The Chicago White Sox host the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, August 31st at Guaranteed Rate Field. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 08:10 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Chicago as the favorite (-180), with an OU line set at 8.5.

Recent Form

In their most recent game, Kansas City picked up a 2-run win over the Chi Sox (9-7). The White Sox came up with 12 hits leading to 7 runs against Kansas City’s pitchers. The Royals benefited from an offense that generated 9 runs on 13 hits. This victory came despite being the betting underdog, getting 120.0 on the moneyline. This game went over the posted over-under line of 8.0 runs. This result is part of a larger trend, as Kansas City has had the over has hit in more than half of their games (65-60-5).

In the Royals last 5 games, they are above .500, going 3-2. During this time, they have an average scoring differential of +3. Offensively, the team has put up 37 runs in their last 5 games. Kansas City’s season average comes in at 3.95 (24th. Kansas City’s overall series record is just 13-25-4.

In Chicago’s last outing, they fell by a score of 9-7 to the Royals. Chicago’s pitching staff gave up 13 hits, leading to 9 runs for the Royals. Offensively, they finished with 7 runs on 12 hits. Chicago came away with a loss, despite being favored on the moneyline (-130.0). For the season, the team has been favored in 85 games, winning at a rate of 52.0%. In terms of the over-under, the White Sox and Royals combined to surpass the line of 8.0 runs. On the season, the team has an over-under record of just 58-62-9.

The White Sox come into today’s game looking to turn things around, as they are just 0-5 over their last 5 games. This recent slump is backed by a scoring margin of -14 over their last 5 games. In their 5 most recent contests, the team is scoring at a rate of 3.8, similar to their season-long average of 4.19. Chicago has a below .500 series record of just 15-17-10.

Pitching Matchup

Kris Bubic gets the start for the Royals, with an overall record of 2-9. To date, Bubic has an ERA of 5.71 while lasting an average of 4.5 innings per appearance. Opposing teams have hit the ball well against the left-hander, with a batting average of 0.296. Home runs have been an issue for Bubic, as he is allowing an average of 1.27 per 9 innings pitched. On the season, Kris Bubic has had no problem racking up strikeouts, posting a strikeout percentage of 18.0%. This includes a per game average of 3.77 K’s per game. For the season, he has struggled with command averaging 4.44 walks per outing.

In today’s game, Chicago turns to starter Lance Lynn. For the year, he has a record of 3-5. So far, Lynn has put together an ERA of 5.0. In his appearances leading up to today, he has lasted an average of 5.51 innings. Teams have been able to rack up runs against him, as he has a batting average allowed of 0.252. Opposing batters have been able to drive the ball with power against Lynn, averaging 1.75 homers per 9 innings pitched. In terms of strikeouts, Lance Lynn has a strong K% of 25.0%, including a per game average of 5.93. Throughout the season, Lynn has avoided walking batters, allowing just 1.51 per contest.

Kansas City vs Chicago History

Today’s matchup between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox will be their 18th meeting of the season. Kansas City has the lead in the series at 10-7. The over-under record in this series sits at 7-8. The average run total in these games is 7.53 runs per game. The averge scoring margin in these meetings is 3.0 runs. Last season, Kansas City picked up the series win, 10 games to 9. In these 19 meetings, the two teams combined for an over-under record of 5-14. Last year, the Royals and White Sox averaged 7.53 runs per game. On average, the winning team won by a margin of 3.84 runs per contest.

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Betting Trends

  • Kansas City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi White Sox’s last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi White Sox’s last 5 games when playing Kansas City

Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox Prediction

Leading into Wednesday’s AL Central battle between Kansas City and Chicago, the White Sox are the strong favorite on the moneyline. Even though Lance Lynn has pitched well of late, the team has lost each of his past 2 outings. A major reason for this lack of success is Chicago’s inconsistent offensive lineup. Look for this trend to continue, making the Royals on the moneyline an excellent opportunity for a big payout.

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