Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals 3/29/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, March 29, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Danny Duffy
The Chicago White Sox visit Kauffman Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are James Shields for the White Sox and Danny Duffy for the Royals.
The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +152 and Kansas City at -162. The White Sox had a 76-80-6 over/under record and a 87-75-0 run line mark last season. The Royals were 76-86-0 against the run line and had a 76-80-6 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox were 76-80-6 against the over/under last year
The Chicago White Sox were 87-75-0 against the run line last season
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals were 76-80-6 against the over/under last year
The Kansas City Royals were 76-86-0 against the run line last season
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
03/26/18 P Carlos Rodon Shoulder is out indefinitely
03/26/18 C Kevan Smith Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
03/26/18 SS Adalberto Mondesi Shoulder is "?" Thursday vs Chicago White Sox
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique is out indefinitely
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Nate Karns Chest is "?" Thursday vs Chicago White Sox
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox had a 67-95 overall record last season. Starting pitcher James Shields had a 5-7 record with an earned run average of 5.23 and a WHIP of 1.44. He had 103 strikeouts over his 117 innings pitched and he gave up 116 hits. He allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 5.83. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.28 and they gave up 495 base hits on the year. Teams hit .239 against the bullpen while striking out 511 hitters and walking 241 batters. As a team, Chicago allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They were 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.78. The White Sox pitchers collectively gave up 1,384 base hits and 755 earned runs last year. They allowed 242 home runs last season, ranking them 3rd in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff walked 632 batters and struck out 1,193. They walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit was 5.17.
As a team Chicago hit .256, good for 14th in the league. The White Sox held a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which was good for 25th in baseball. They ranked 14th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Tim Anderson hit .257 with an on-base percentage of .276 last year. He had 151 hits last season in 587 at bats with 56 runs batted in. He had a slugging percentage of .402 and an OPS+ of 80. Jose Abreu hit .304 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .354. He totaled 189 hits and he drove in 102 men in 621 at bats. His OPS+ was 140 while his slugging percentage was at .552. The White Sox had 1,412 hits last season, including 256 doubles and 186 home runs. Chicago walked 401 times last year and they struck out 1,397 times as a unit. They left 1,055 men on base and had a team OPS of .731. They scored 4.36 runs per contest and scored a total of 706 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City had a 80-82 overall mark last year. With an earned run average of 3.81, Danny Duffy had a 9-10 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He had 130 strikeouts over the 146.1 innings he pitched. He also gave up 143 hits. He allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 3.46. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.24 and they gave up 554 base hits on the year. Teams hit .251 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers struck out 503 batters and walked 246 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They were 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.61. The Royals pitchers as a team surrendered 1,480 base knocks and 737 earned runs last season. They gave up 196 home runs last year, which ranked 14th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff walked 519 hitters and struck out 1,216 batters. They gave up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.39 while their FIP as a staff was 4.43.
As a team, they batted .259, good for 10th in the league. The Royals held a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311, which was good for 28th in baseball. They ranked 11th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Alex Gordon comes into this matchup after batting .208 with an OBP of .293 last season. He had 99 hits last year along with 45 RBI in 476 AB's. He maintained a slugging percentage of .315 with an OPS+ of 62. Salvador Perez hit .268 last season and he had an OBP of .297. He collected 126 hits in 471 at bats while driving in 80 runs. He had an OPS+ of 105 and a slugging percentage of .495. The Royals as a unit had 1,436 base hits last season, including 260 doubles and 193 homers. Kansas City walked 390 times last year and they struck out on 1,166 occasions. They left 1,005 men on base and had an OPS of .731. They scored 4.33 runs per game and totaled 702 runs last year.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the White Sox +152
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