Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals MLB Picks 3/31/2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Lucas Giolito vs. Jorge Lopez
The Chicago White Sox head to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, March 31, 2019 to take on the Kansas City Royals. The expected starting pitchers are Lucas Giolito for the White Sox and Jorge Lopez for the Royals.
The odds for this matchup have Chicago at +100 and Kansas City at -110. The White Sox had a 75-77-10 over/under mark and a 84-78-0 run line record last year. The Royals were 79-83-0 against the run line and had a 70-82-10 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox were 75-77-10 against the over/under last year
The Chicago White Sox were 84-78-0 against the run line last season
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals were 70-82-10 against the over/under last year
The Kansas City Royals were 79-83-0 against the run line last season
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
03/27/19 P Ian Hamilton Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
03/27/19 CF Jon Jay Hip 10-day IL (03/25)
03/27/19 P Michael Kopech Arm is out indefinitely
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
03/25/19 C Salvador Perez Elbow is out for season
03/25/19 P Trevor Oaks Hip 60-day IL (03/25)
03/25/19 P Brian Flynn Elbow 10-day IL (03/25)
03/25/19 P Danny Duffy Shoulder is out indefinitely
03/25/19 P Eric Skoglund Suspension 80 game suspension
03/25/19 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day IL (03/25)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox had a 62-100 overall record last season. Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito had a 10-13 record with an earned run average of 6.13 and a WHIP of 1.48. He had 125 strikeouts over his 173.1 innings pitched and he gave up 166 hits. He allowed 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 5.56. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.49 and they gave up 550 base hits on the year. Teams hit .256 against the bullpen and they struck out 580 hitters while walking 253 batters. As a team, Chicago allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They were 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.84. The White Sox pitchers collectively gave up 1,405 base hits and 772 earned runs last year. They allowed 196 home runs last season, ranking them 11th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff walked 653 batters and struck out 1,259. They walked 4.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit was 4.73.
As a team Chicago hit .241, good for 22nd in the league. The White Sox held a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302, which was good for 26th in baseball. They ranked 20th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Jose Abreu hit .265 with an on-base percentage of .325 last year. He had 132 hits last season in 499 at bats with 78 runs batted in. He had a slugging percentage of .473 and an OPS+ of 118. Yoan Moncada hit .235 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .315. He totaled 136 hits and he drove in 61 men in 578 at bats. His OPS+ was 97 while his slugging percentage was at .400. The White Sox had 1,332 hits last season, including 259 doubles and 182 home runs. Chicago walked 425 times last year and they struck out 1,594 times as a unit. They left 1,050 men on base and had a team OPS of .703. They scored 4.05 runs per contest and scored a total of 656 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City had a 58-104 overall mark last year. With an earned run average of 5.03, Jorge Lopez had a 2-5 record and a 1.47 WHIP. He had 38 strikeouts over the 53.2 innings he pitched. He also gave up 57 hits. He allowed 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.49. The bullpen had an earned run average of 5.04 and they gave up 589 base hits on the year. Teams hit .274 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers struck out 441 batters and walked 250 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allowed 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They were 29th in the league in team earned run average at 4.95. The Royals pitchers as a team surrendered 1,543 base knocks and 787 earned runs last season. They gave up 205 home runs last year, which ranked 6th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff walked 549 hitters and struck out 1,157 batters. They gave up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.46 while their FIP as a staff was 4.67.
As a team, they batted .245, good for 18th in the league. The Royals held a .392 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which was good for 24th in baseball. They ranked 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup after batting .304 with an OBP of .367 last season. He had 192 hits last year along with 60 RBI in 632 AB's. He maintained a slugging percentage of .438 with an OPS+ of 121. Billy Hamilton hit .236 last season and he had an OBP of .299. He collected 119 hits in 504 at bats while driving in 29 runs. He had an OPS+ of 68 and a slugging percentage of .327. The Royals as a unit had 1,350 base hits last season, including 283 doubles and 155 homers. Kansas City walked 427 times last year and they struck out on 1,310 occasions. They left 1,063 men on base and had an OPS of .697. They scored 3.94 runs per game and totaled 638 runs last year.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the White Sox +100
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