Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/4/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Friday, September 4, 2020
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Odds/Point Spread: White Sox (-150) Royals (+130)
Kauffman Stadium is the venue where Maikel Franco and the Kansas City Royals (14-23, 5th in AL Central) will play the Chicago White Sox (22-15, 2nd in AL Central) on Friday. The odds on this contest have the White Sox priced at -150 and the Royals are at +130. The over/under opens at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Dane Dunning and Brady Singer.
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
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 8
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
9/2/2020 Jorge Soler DH Oblique Probable for Sep 3
9/2/2020 Ian Kennedy RP Calf Out for the season
9/2/2020 Jake Junis SP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
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 22-15 overall record this season. Dunning (0-0 record) has earned a FIP of 2.21 and he has gone up against 35 hitters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 2.97 (3 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 0.769. He has given up 5 hits (4.9 hits per nine innings) and has 2 walks. Dunning has taken the hill for 9 frames and has earned 14 punchouts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.07 and they have given up 131 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the bullpen and they've struck out 156 hitters and walked 54 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 286 base hits and 134 earned runs. They have allowed 41 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 125 batters and struck out 334. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 3.99.
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As a team Chicago is hitting .265, good for 4th in the league. The White Sox hold a .470 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.1 hits per game. Luis Robert is hitting .279 with an on-base percentage of .329. He has 36 hits this season in 129 at bats with 24 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .574 and an OPS+ of 142. José Abreu is hitting .313 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .360. He has totaled 47 hits and he has driven in 33 men in 150 at bats. His OPS+ is 163 while his slugging percentage is at .620. The White Sox have 336 hits, including 61 doubles and 65 home runs. Chicago has walked 107 times so far this season and they have struck out 348 times as a unit. They have left 250 men on base and have a team OPS of .797. They score 5.05 runs per contest and have scored a total of 187 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 14-23 overall mark this year. Singer (1-3 record) has a 5.26 ERA while giving up 8.7 hits per 9 innings. His SO/W ratio is 2.21 and he has gone up against 147 opposing hitters. Singer has allowed 33 base knocks while he has totaled 31 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched. He has surrendered 20 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.374 and having a FIP of 5.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 151 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 170 batters and walked 77 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.43. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 311 base knocks and 155 earned runs this season. They have given up 52 home runs this year, which ranks 5th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 140 hitters and struck out 315 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.84.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 19th in the league. The Royals hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.8 hits per contest. Maikel Franco comes into this matchup batting .248 with an OBP of .288. He has 34 hits this year along with 19 RBI in 137 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .467 with an OPS+ of 101. Whit Merrifield is hitting .272 this season and he has an OBP of .329. He has collected 40 hits in 147 at bats while driving in 22 runs. He has an OPS+ of 115 and a slugging percentage of .469. The Royals as a unit have 289 base hits, including 64 doubles and 43 homers. Kansas City has walked 105 times this year and they have struck out on 323 occasions. They have had 236 men left on base and have an OPS of .706. They have scored 3.84 runs per game and totaled 142 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Royals (+130) and over 9.5 runs
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