Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox 8/18/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Brad Keller vs. Dylan Covey
The Kansas City Royals visit Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday, August 18, 2018 to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Brad Keller for the Royals and Dylan Covey for the White Sox.
The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +112 and Chicago at -122. The Royals have a 52-63-6 over/under record and a 52-69-0 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 52-63-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 52-69-0 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 37-84 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brad Keller has a 5-5 record with an earned run average of 3.40 and a WHIP of 1.34 this season. He has 62 strikeouts over his 95.1 innings pitched and he's given up 88 hits. He's allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.73. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.23 and they have given up 435 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the bullpen and they've struck out 323 hitters and walked 187 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 5.3. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 1,160 base hits and 629 earned runs. They have allowed 161 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 434 batters and struck out 863. 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 4.84.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .241, good for 23rd in the league. The Royals hold a .374 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Whit Merrifield is hitting .300 with an on-base percentage of .368. He has 138 hits this season in 460 at bats with 39 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .417 and an OPS+ of 118. Salvador Perez is hitting .237 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .277. He has totaled 93 hits and he has driven in 59 men in 392 at bats. His OPS+ is 94 while his slugging percentage is at .441. The Royals have 990 hits, including 199 doubles and 104 home runs. Kansas City has walked 318 times so far this season and they have struck out 944 times as a unit. They have left 808 men on base and have a team OPS of .677. They score 3.69 runs per contest and have scored a total of 447 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 44-76 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.06, Dylan Covey has a 4-9 record and a 1.60 WHIP. He has 59 strikeouts over the 81.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 95 hits. He's allowing 10.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.54. 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. Jose Abreu comes into this matchup batting .268 with an OBP of .327. He has 123 hits this year along with 73 RBI in 459 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .484 with an OPS+ of 122. Carlos Sanchez is hitting .247 this season and he has an OBP of .301. He has collected 111 hits in 449 at bats while driving in 45 runs. He has an OPS+ of 91 and a slugging percentage of .388. 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 +112
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