Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/3/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Odds/Point Spread: White Sox (-130) Royals (+120)
Jorge Soler and the Kansas City Royals (14-22, 5th in AL Central) host the Chicago White Sox (22-14, 1st in AL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. The odds on this contest have the White Sox coming in at -130 and the Royals are at +120. The total has been set at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Dylan Cease and Danny Duffy.
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
9/1/2020 Dallas Keuchel SP Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 6
9/1/2020 Yoan Moncada 3B Upper Leg Probable for Sep 2
9/1/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
8/30/2020 Gio Gonzalez SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/18/2020 Carlos Rodon SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/15/2020 Leury Garcia SS Thumb Out for the season
8/3/2020 Jimmy Lambert RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/31/2020 Ian Kennedy RP Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/28/2020 Salvador Perez C Eye Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/16/2020 Daniel Tillo RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2020 Foster Griffin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/8/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/7/2020 Glenn Sparkman RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
7/16/2020 Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox have a 22-14 overall record this season. Cease has thrown 109 frames and is sitting with 108 punchouts in his MLB career. His ERA is 4.87 (59 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.486. He has given up 109 hits (9.0 hits per 9 innings) with 53 free passes. Cease (8-9 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 5.53 and he has gone up against 479 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 125 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 146 hitters and walked 51 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.69. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 276 base hits and 130 earned runs. They have allowed 38 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 120 batters and struck out 322. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.93.
As a team Chicago is hitting .269, good for 1st in the league. The White Sox hold a .478 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.2 hits per game. Eloy Jimenez is hitting .290 with an on-base percentage of .329. He has 38 hits this season in 131 at bats with 28 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .588 and an OPS+ of 144. Yasmani Grandal is hitting .221 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .339. He has totaled 21 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 95 at bats. His OPS+ is 97 while his slugging percentage is at .379. The White Sox have 332 hits, including 60 doubles and 65 home runs. Chicago has walked 105 times so far this season and they have struck out 337 times as a unit. They have left 243 men on base and have a team OPS of .809. They score 5.17 runs per contest and have scored a total of 186 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 14-22 overall mark this year. During his career, Duffy has given up 1,033 base knocks while he has accumulated 966 K's in 1,090 innings pitched. He has conceded 482 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.313 and a FIP of 4.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.43 and he has gone up against 4,624 hitters in his MLB career. Duffy (62-63 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.98 earned run average and has given up 8.5 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.81 and they have given up 145 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 165 batters and walked 77 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.41. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 300 base knocks and 150 earned runs this season. They have given up 50 home runs this year, which ranks 6th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 140 hitters and struck out 309 batters. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.86.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 18th in the league. The Royals hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 7.9 hits per contest. Jorge Soler comes into this matchup batting .250 with an OBP of .349. He has 32 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 128 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .484 with an OPS+ of 124. Hunter Dozier is hitting .235 this season and he has an OBP of .388. He has collected 16 hits in 68 at bats while driving in 9 runs. He has an OPS+ of 129 and a slugging percentage of .456. The Royals as a unit have 286 base hits, including 63 doubles and 43 homers. Kansas City has walked 104 times this year and they have struck out on 314 occasions. They have had 235 men left on base and have an OPS of .715. They have scored 3.94 runs per game and totaled 142 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals (+120)
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