Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/28/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Royals (+195) White Sox (-235)
Yasmani Grandal and the Chicago White Sox (19-12, 2nd in AL Central) host the Kansas City Royals (12-19, 5th in AL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday. The odds on this contest have the Royals priced at +195 and the White Sox are at -235. The total has been set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Brady Singer and Reynaldo Lopez.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/23/2020 Nick Heath CF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/21/2020 Salvador Perez C Eye Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
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 1
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
8/25/2020 Nick Madrigal 2B Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/23/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
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
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 12-19 overall record this season. Singer has taken the mound for 29 frames and has tallied 27 punchouts. His ERA is 5.24 (17 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.370. He has given up 28 base hits (8.6 hits per nine innings) with 12 walks. Singer (1-3 record) has earned a FIP of 5.70 and he has gone up against 126 hitters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 120 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the bullpen and they've struck out 142 hitters and walked 68 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.3. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 248 base hits and 125 earned runs. They have allowed 41 home runs this season, ranking them 7th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 124 batters and struck out 264. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.86.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .244, good for 17th in the league. The Royals hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Ryan O'Hearn is hitting .239 with an on-base percentage of .316. He has 16 hits this season in 67 at bats with 14 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .358 and an OPS+ of 84. Jorge Soler is hitting .245 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .339. He has totaled 27 hits and he has driven in 19 men in 110 at bats. His OPS+ is 120 while his slugging percentage is at .482. The Royals have 248 hits, including 56 doubles and 35 home runs. Kansas City has walked 80 times so far this season and they have struck out 264 times as a unit. They have left 196 men on base and have a team OPS of .710. They score 3.97 runs per contest and have scored a total of 123 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Lopez (25-32 career win-loss mark) has earned a 4.74 earned run average and has surrendered 9.0 hits per nine innings. His SO/W ratio is 2.20 and he has faced 2,037 batters so far in his pro baseball career. So far in his MLB career, Lopez has given up 468 base knocks while totaling 396 strikeouts in 469 innings pitched. He has allowed 247 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.382 and a FIP of 4.8. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 100 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 124 batters and walked 38 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.64. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 233 base knocks and 110 earned runs this season. They have given up 30 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 95 hitters and struck out 272 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 3.78.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 1st in the league. The White Sox hold a .490 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.2 hits per contest. Yasmani Grandal comes into this matchup batting .231 with an OBP of .354. He has 18 hits this year along with 13 RBI in 78 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .385 with an OPS+ of 105. Eloy Jimenez is hitting .315 this season and he has an OBP of .342. He has collected 35 hits in 111 at bats while driving in 24 runs. He has an OPS+ of 160 and a slugging percentage of .631. The White Sox as a unit have 285 base hits, including 51 doubles and 59 homers. Chicago has walked 86 times this year and they have struck out on 287 occasions. They have had 203 men left on base and have an OPS of .819. They have scored 5.13 runs per game and totaled 159 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals (+195)
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