White Sox vs. Royals (Game 1) Odds & Predictions

by | Aug 9, 2022 | mlb

Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Tuesday August 9th, 04:10 ET
Location: Kauffman Stadium
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Money Line: White Sox OFF / Royals OFF
Total Line: OFF

STARTING PITCHING

Chicago: Lance Lynn (2-4, 5.87)
Kansas City: Brady Singer (4-4, 3.77)

White Sox Projected Lineup

Gavin Sheets 1B
Josh Harrison 2B
Yoán Moncada 3B
Yasmani Grandal C
Lenyn Sosa SS
Eloy Jiménez LF
José Abreu 1B
Luis Robert CF
Andrew Vaughn 1B
Lance Lynn P

Royals Projected Lineup

Nick Pratto 1B
Kyle Isbel LF
Hunter Dozier 3B
Michael A. Taylor CF
MJ Melendez C
Nicky Lopez 2B
Salvador Perez C
Vinnie Pasquantino 1B
Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Brady Singer P

STRAIGHT UP/ OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Chicago White Sox: 55-53-0 SU / OU 49-52-7 / Run Line W/L 48-60-0
Kansas City Royals: 44-65-0 SU / OU 53-52-4 / Run Line W/L 50-59-0

The Kansas City Royals host the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday August 9th at Kauffman Stadium. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 04:10 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Kansas City as the favorite (OFF), with an OU line set at OFF.

Recent Form

The Chicago White Sox are coming off a 6-run win over the Rangers by a score of 8-2. Overall, the team’s pitching staff limited the Rangers to 2 runs on 9 hits. The White Sox benefited from an offense that generated 8 runs on 15 hits. Heading into their last game, Chicago was the betting favorite at -130.0. So far, the team has been the favorite in 70 of their games, winning at a rate of 56.1%. This game went over the posted over-under line of 8.0 runs. Even with this game going over the total, Chicago still has an over-under record of just 49-52-7.

The White Sox are looking to continue adding wins, as they are 3-2 over their last 5 games. During this time, they have an average scoring differential of +1. Chicago comes into the game struggling on offense, averaging 3.2 runs per game over their last 5. This figure is down from their season average of 4.31. So far, Chicago has won over half of their 34 series played, going 14-12-8.

The Kansas City Royals will be looking to pick up another win, as they most recently defeated the Red Sox by 8 runs (13-5). In the game, the team’s pitching staff allowed a total of 10 hits, leading to 5 runs. In the victory, the Royals came up with 11 hits and 13 runs. Despite being the underdogs, getting 135.0 on the moneyline, the Royals still picked up the win. So far, the team has gone into 78 games as the underdog, still finding the win column at a rate of 36.0%. In terms of the over-under, the Royals and Red Sox combined to surpass the line of 9.5 runs. Overall, the team has gone over the betting line in over half of their games, going 53-52-4.

Across their last 5 contests, the Royals are above .500, going 3-2. Their recent success is backed by an average scoring margin of +7 (last 5). Overall, the Royals are averaging 3.93 runs per contest. But, over their last 5 outings, they have been scoring at a clip of 6.0 runs per contest. Kansas City has a below .500 series record of just 10-21-3.

Pitching Matchup

The Chicago White Sox will send Lance Lynn to the mound with an overall record of 2-4. To date, Lynn has an ERA of 5.87 while lasting an average of 5.32 innings per appearance. Opposing teams have hit the ball well against the right-hander, with a batting average of 0.265. Home runs have been an issue for Lynn, as he is allowing an average of 1.86 per 9 innings pitched. This season, he has struckout 24.0 of the batters he has faced. This has led to a per-game average of 5.7. Leading into the game, he has shown a strong command of his pitches, averaging just 1.68 walks per contest.

The Kansas City Royals will send Brady Singer to the mound with an overall record of 4-4. To date, Singer has an ERA of 3.77 while lasting an average of 5.31 innings per appearance. Opposing teams have hit the ball well against the right-hander, with a batting average of 0.253. Opposing batters have been able to drive the ball with power against Singer, averaging 1.2 homers per 9 innings pitched. Overall, Brady Singer has struck out 25.0% of the batters he has faced. On average, he averages 5.53 K’s per game. For the season, he has struggled with command averaging 2.18 walks per outing.

Chicago vs Kansas City History

Today’s matchup between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals will be their 12th meeting of the season. Chicago has the lead in the series at 6-5. Through 11 games, the series over-under record is 3-6, with the average run total sitting at 7.53 runs per game. In these matchups, the average scoring differential sits at 3.36 runs. Kansas City won last year’s head to head series, grabbing 10 wins to 9. The over-under record in last year’s matchups was 5-14, with the average run total being 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

  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi White Sox’s last 12 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Chi White Sox’s last 24 games when playing Kansas City
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kansas City’s last 12 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Kansas City’s last 24 games when playing Chi White Sox

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Prediction

Heading into the first game of this AL Central doubleheader, a pair of right-handers face off in Lance Lynn and Brady Singer. In his last outing vs the Royals, Lynn gave up just 1 run across 6 innings. Chicago went on to win the game by a score of 4-1. Look for today’s game to play out in a similar fashion. I like the White Sox on the moneyline.

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