Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/5/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Odds/Point Spread: White Sox (-215) Royals (+196)
Kauffman Stadium is the site where Whit Merrifield and the Kansas City Royals (14-24, 5th in AL Central) will play the Chicago White Sox (23-15, 2nd in AL Central) on Saturday. The odds on this contest have the White Sox coming in at -215 and the Royals are at +196. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Lucas Giolito and Kris Bubic.
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
9/4/2020 Salvador Perez C Eye Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
9/2/2020 Jake Junis SP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
9/2/2020 Ian Kennedy RP Calf Out for the season
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 23-15 overall record this season. Giolito has pitched in 465 frames and has earned 464 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 4.45 (230 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.234. He has allowed 385 base knocks (7.5 hits per 9 innings) and has 189 walks. Giolito (30-28 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 4.54 while facing 1,952 opposing hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 136 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the bullpen and they've struck out 161 hitters and walked 56 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.8. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 295 base hits and 141 earned runs. They have allowed 42 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 129 batters and struck out 340. 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 4.02.
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As a team Chicago is hitting .267, good for 2nd in the league. The White Sox hold a .474 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. José Abreu is hitting .316 with an on-base percentage of .361. He has 49 hits this season in 155 at bats with 36 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .619 and an OPS+ of 163. Luis Robert is hitting .278 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .331. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 27 men in 133 at bats. His OPS+ is 145 while his slugging percentage is at .586. The White Sox have 349 hits, including 62 doubles and 68 home runs. Chicago has walked 112 times so far this season and they have struck out 354 times as a unit. They have left 256 men on base and have a team OPS of .805. They score 5.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 198 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 14-24 overall mark this year. Bubic has conceded 33 hits while tallying 27 strikeouts in 28 frames. He has surrendered a total of 17 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.607 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.6. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.25 and he has faced 128 hitters thus far in his career. Bubic (0-4 win-loss record) has a 5.46 earned run average while conceding 10.6 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.08 and they have given up 157 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 173 batters and walked 77 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.61. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 324 base knocks and 166 earned runs this season. They have given up 55 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 145 hitters and struck out 321 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 4.93.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 19th in the league. The Royals hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 7.8 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .263 with an OBP of .319. He has 40 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 152 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .454 with an OPS+ of 107. Maikel Franco is hitting .248 this season and he has an OBP of .291. He has collected 35 hits in 141 at bats while driving in 19 runs. He has an OPS+ of 102 and a slugging percentage of .468. The Royals as a unit have 298 base hits, including 68 doubles and 44 homers. Kansas City has walked 109 times this year and they have struck out on 329 occasions. They have had 245 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They have scored 3.89 runs per game and totaled 148 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Royals (+196) and over 9 runs
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