Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox 8/17/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, August 17, 2018
Guaranteed Rate Field
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Probable Pitchers: Jakob Junis vs. James Shields
The Kansas City Royals visit Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, August 17, 2018 to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Jakob Junis for the Royals and James Shields for the White Sox.
The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +128 and Chicago at -138. The Royals have a 52-62-6 over/under record and a 51-69-0 run line mark. The White Sox are 62-58-0 against the run line and have a 57-57-6 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 52-62-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 51-69-0 against the run line
Important Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 57-57-6 against the over/under
The Chicago White Sox are 62-58-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
08/13/18 P Danny Duffy Shoulder 10-day DL (08/12)
08/01/18 RF Brian Goodwin Groin 10-day DL (07/29)
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
07/11/18 P Ian Kennedy Oblique 10-day DL (07/11)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 60-day DL (06/16)
05/27/18 P Eric Skoglund Arm 60-day DL (05/26)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
08/07/18 CF Leury Garcia Hamstring 10-day DL (08/06)
06/14/18 P Nate Jones Arm 10-day DL (06/14)
05/23/18 C Welington Castillo Suspension 80-game Suspension (05/23)
04/24/18 P Danny Farquhar Head 60-day DL (04/21)
04/23/18 P Miguel Gonzalez Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (04/23)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 36-84 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jakob Junis has a 6-11 record with an earned run average of 4.82 and a WHIP of 1.32 this season. He has 122 strikeouts over his 127 innings pitched and he's given up 130 hits. He's allowed 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.06. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.29 and they have given up 432 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the bullpen and they've struck out 317 hitters and walked 185 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.32. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 1,153 base hits and 627 earned runs. They have allowed 161 home runs this season, ranking them 4th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 431 batters and struck out 854. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.49 and their FIP as a unit is 4.86.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .240, good for 24th in the league. The Royals hold a .373 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Salvador Perez is hitting .237 with an on-base percentage of .277. He has 92 hits this season in 388 at bats with 59 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .443 and an OPS+ of 95. Whit Merrifield is hitting .299 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .368. He has totaled 136 hits and he has driven in 38 men in 455 at bats. His OPS+ is 118 while his slugging percentage is at .418. The Royals have 978 hits, including 197 doubles and 103 home runs. Kansas City has walked 316 times so far this season and they have struck out 938 times as a unit. They have left 801 men on base and have a team OPS of .675. They score 3.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 441 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 44-76 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.41, James Shields has a 4-14 record and a 1.29 WHIP. He has 122 strikeouts over the 157 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 142 hits. He's allowing 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.75. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.68 and they have given up 400 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 420 batters and walked 188 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.94. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,042 base knocks and 584 earned runs this season. They have given up 143 home runs this year, which ranks 12th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 496 hitters and struck out 912 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 4.77.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 22nd in the league. The White Sox hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Carlos Sanchez comes into this matchup batting .247 with an OBP of .301. He has 111 hits this year along with 45 RBI in 449 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .388 with an OPS+ of 91. Jose Abreu is hitting .268 this season and he has an OBP of .327. He has collected 123 hits in 459 at bats while driving in 73 runs. He has an OPS+ of 123 and a slugging percentage of .484. The White Sox as a unit have 984 base hits, including 193 doubles and 136 homers. Chicago has walked 309 times this year and they have struck out on 1,163 occasions. They have had 758 men left on base and have an OPS of .705. They have scored 4.07 runs per game and totaled 488 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals +128
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